Daily Archives: April 14, 2011

At Sea

At Sea, by George

He’s been flying for long time…vaguely
like the confident gliding of a great bird
on the of winds’ wings

Then there was no land in sight to rest upon
so he stood rather uncomfortably
on the end of this boat’s mast:

There his love of gliding…sunk

Politics Of Culture: It Is Global “The bliss of the lack” (What you lack you won’t miss)

You too may be interested in putting the blame in the right place: “We have nothing to ignore, but ignorance itself: Is that true?”

I’ll say this:  “A teaching that doesn’t enter both  mind and  soul…Is forgotten before the day’s end.”

Francis Fukuyama: The Begining Of History

The Beginning of History

As the communist era vanished, he declared history’s end. With the Middle East in revolt and China rising, Francis Fukuyama is back. What is he thinking?
Read the Mr. Fukuyama’s new book!
Find out more about Mr. Fukuyama’s educated views upon human life and civilization, and fate via http://www.newsweek.com/2011/04/10/the-beginning-of-history.html  

Today’s Birthday: Abraham Ortelius (1527)

Abraham Ortelius (1527)

Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer who, while traveling with his contemporary Gerardus Mercator, was inspired to compile the first modern world atlas. The first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarium, issued in 1570, contained 53 maps compiled, in part, from the maps of 87 cartographers. A leading member of the 16th-century Flemish school of geography, Ortelius is thought to have been the first to posit what theory about the positioning of the continents? More… Discuss

This Day In History: The Donner Party Leaves Illinois, 1846: Destination…California

Donner Party Sets Out on Ill-Fated Journey from Illinois to California (1846)

The Donner Party was a group of families from Illinois and Iowa that set out for California following a little-used, supposedly shorter, route across Utah. The shortcut only tired and delayed the party, and while recovering at what is now Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada, the group was trapped by early snow. Many died, several while trying to get help; some reportedly resorted to cannibalism. Rescuers reached the survivors in February 1847. How many of the 87 pioneers survived the ordeal? More… Discuss

Article Of The Day: The Problem Of Evil

The Problem of Evil

The “problem of evil” is the philosophical and theological dilemma of how to reconcile the existence of evil with the idea of an omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient deity. Some philosophers argue that the existence of such a God and of evil are logically incompatible. Others say that true free will cannot exist without the possibility of evil, that suffering is necessary for spiritual growth, or that evil is the consequence of a fallen world. What is the “problem of good”? More… Discuss