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Why? and How to?

April 18

The scholar who thinks but does not create is like the cloud which does not give rain.


(From Tolstoy’s Calendar of Wisdom, April 18)

Philosophy of History

Philosophy and History

Philosophy is its time grasped in thought. –GWF Hegel

Civics 101

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.

–Thomas Jefferson, 1816

Through the Looking Glass

Perspective on the Past


“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”
–L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between (1953)


What is an Information Society?


“[T]he more a man becomes dependent on the gadgets whose smooth functioning assures him a tolerable life at the material level, the more estranged he becomes from an awareness of his inner reality.”

Gabriel Marcel, Man Against Mass Society (1952)


Although it helps, memory is not the same thing as history.