“Holocene” by Bon Iver – on humility, awe, and magnificence

Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) is a favorite musical artist of mine although I admit to having no idea what most of his songs are about. I find him more difficult in this regard than Andrew Bird who is also difficult but with work (and imagination?) I was able (I thought) to make some progress.

But the following repeated part of Holocene seemed to me to be a plain statement that possibly summarizes the point he was making in this song. The official video also seemed to confirm what I thought may have been his point. Continue reading

Blaise Pascal’s “Night of Fire”

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MEMORIAL

In the Year of Grace 1654,

Monday, the 23rd of November

Feast of St. Clement, Pope and Martyr,

and others in the Martyrology.

Vigil of St. Chrysogonus, Martyr, and others.

From about half past ten in the evening

until about half past twelve,

FIRE Continue reading

Why Believe? Video on the moral and aesthetic dimensions of life

I found this video to be compelling. There seemed to be a primal quality conveyed in the stark realities: a man –  perhaps a sage – considering the starry universe he inhabits – and the moral universe that inhabits him.

John Cottingham is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading.

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
Immanuel Kant

Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.
Blaise Pascal

 

BMC & Manifest Propensity, 2013