Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to know them, if only for the purpose of avoiding them. The counterfeits of the past assume false names, and gladly call themselves the future. - Victor Hugo
Knowledge of the fact differs from the knowledge of the reason for the fact. - Aristotle “Why are you the way that you are?” - Michael Scott to Toby Flenderson Deconstruction is a popular buzzword in many circles today, especially those coming from strong religious or ideological persuasions. But the fact is, the concept and program of ‘deconstruction’ is nothing new. It started several hundred years ago with the Enlightenment* and with our culture's adoption of modernity. We live in what the sociologist Charles Taylor calls “a secular age.” And that secular age is obsessed with data, analytics, information,...
MLK's letter should continue to be the prophetic manifesto for those who seek racial justice and equality. It will not due to discount it as only relevant to a situational past any more than it will due to discount the Pauline epistles as only relevant to their context. "So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."
Someone (somewhere that I cannot recall) once said, “If you want to really understand something, you have to kill it first.” There is something to be understood by killing something. But we rarely, if ever, have the power to resurrect it back to life once we’ve killed it. I think all of us recognize at the end of the day we much prefer the cat alive and with all its mystery over the cat dead and comprehended.