Saturday, June 28, 2014

Christian theologians after the Middle Ages need to be credited for having started to sense the intolerability of their own resentment constructions. Subsequently, they felt compelled to weaken the excesses of their theology of rage. This was reflected in the invention of purgatory. It is probably not overdrawn to characterize the new theology of purgatory, which rapidly expanded from the eleventh century on, as the real Christian thought that created history.

- Peter Sloterdijk, Rage and Time

Capricorn Suit

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Harsh Skull

     While on a journey, Chuang Tzu found a skull, dry and parched. With sorrow he questioned and lamented the end to all things. When he finished speaking he dragged the skull over, and using it as a pillow, lay down to sleep.
     In the night the skull came to his dreams and said "You are a fool to rejoice in the entanglements of life."
     Chuang Tzu couldn't believe this and asked "If I could return you to your life, you would want that wouldn't you?"
     Stunned by Chuang Tzu's foolishness the skull replied, "How do you know that it is bad to be dead?"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bad Quotes

To manage a business successfully requires as much courage as that possessed by the soldier who goes to war. Business courage is all the more natural because all the benefits which the public has in material benefits comes from it.
-Charles F. Abbott

Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground.
-G.K Chesterton

It's alright for the navy to blockade a city, to starve the inhabitants to death; but there is something wrong, not nice, about bombing a city.
-Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris

A mere forty years ago beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it-
and that's what freedom is all about.
-Newt Gingrich

Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.
-Joe Thiesman

Friday, January 31, 2014

                                                                    Brad Neely

Names I've Found Difficult to Pry Apart; Thinking Two People Are One or Thinking Two People Are Eachother

Marlee Matin + Mary Matalin

William Gass + William Gaddis

Eve Sedgwick + Edie Sedgwick

Richard Sennet + Daniel Dennett

Rosa Luxemburg + Ethel Rosenberg

Louis Auchincloss + Louis Althusser

Andrew Solomon + Andrew Sullivan

Michael Kelley + Michael Kinsley

Richard Belzer + Richard Meltzer

Arthur Laffer + Alvin Toffler

Paul Valery + Paul Verlaine

Montaigne + Montesquieu

Al Capp + Andy Capp

Tanzania + Tasmania

R'Akiva was inspired to begin his Torah studies at the age of forty when he observed how water could wear grooves into solid stone after years of constant dripping.

Forced into a life of abject poverty, R'Akiva and his wife were homeless and took shelter in a hay stall, but she remained loyal and supportive, insisting that she was ready for any sacrifice in order for him to become a scholar. Once he said to her, "If only I could, I would have an artisan create for you a gold tiara in the form of the skyline of Jerusalem."

R'Akiva studied under R'Eliezer ben Hyrkanos and R'Yeshoshua ben Chanania and returned home after twelve years. As he approached his home,  he heard an old man chiding his wife: "How long will you be the widow of a live man?" She replied selflessly: "If he were to listen to me he would remain even longer in his studies." R'Akiva immediately turned back and devoted himself to Torah study for twelve years.

Upon his triumphant return home, R'Akiva was escorted by his 24,000 students. His wife went out to greet him in simple clothes that indicated her poverty. Unaware that she was his wife, his students sought to deny her access to their great teacher. Said R'Akiva, "Allow her through, for my Torah and
yours is really hers.

Akiva's love and appreciation for his wife's dedication to him is given vivid expression in his aphorism: "Who is wealthy? One who has a wife whose deeds are beautiful".

Friday, January 10, 2014

Inverse relationship between well-being and inequality in American history. The peaks and valleys of inequality (in purple) represent the ratio of the largest fortunes to the median wealth of households (the Phillips curve). The blue-shaded curve combines four measures of well-being: economic (the fraction of economic growth that is paid to workers as wages), health (life expectancy and the average height of the native-born population), and social optimism (the average age of first marriage, with early marriages indicating social optimism and delayed marriages indicating social pessimism).