Every once in a while I will post some thoughts here that may be of interest to you. Most of what I write will probably have something to do with education, literature, the past, history of ideas or cultural analysis. I will try not to waste your time, or mine. Some of what I say may be controversial, and most of it will be debatable. You are invited to read, respond, ignore, challenge and occasionally nod in agreement.
The image above is, I think, from a 16th century woodcut. It represents some of the things that interest me. First, it is a fairly old work of art representing an even older view of reality. I like old stuff. Second, the man in the engraving is penetrating through this world into the transcendent realm. He has found the intersection of earth and heaven. Most of what I write here will in some way emerge from my assumption that there is a transcendent reality which has a lot to do with how we live our earthly lives.
I also like the picture because the man is curious. His desire to learn brought him out of the busy village in the background and led him to explore and ponder deeper things. Notice that most of his body is still on earth while it is his head — his eyes and his mind –and one hand which are on the other side. This captures well my belief that the stuff of everyday living, whether trivial or noteworthy (and time often reveals that what seems trivial is the most noteworthy), has philosophical and ethical implications that usually go unrealized.
That is what I want to do here. I will seek a greater understanding of truth, beauty and goodness by pondering the mysteries that lie at the intersection of our lives and the transcendent. I hope you will join me.
August 7, 2013