Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Catholicism in the Middle Ages, Sketches and Fragments

by Thomas J. Shanan, 1904

WHAT do we understand by Civilization? It is usually taken to mean the refinement of man in his social capacity. Whatever uplifts, cleanses, purifies, inspires man as a member of the common human family is held by all men to be civilizing. The word, if not the idea, comes to us from the masterful Roman people. They believed that their civilitas, or civilization, the sum total and the spirit of social progress attained in their city by their laws and language, their religion and philosophy of life, was unsurpassed, was the last and highest effort of mankind.

In this they erred; and we need no better proof than the remnants of their life that have come down to us in one way or another. But they erred in noble company, for before them the Egyptian, the Assyrian, and the Persian had shared the same conviction, as they have left the same historical proofs of their self-illusion in many a great monument, many a proud inscription.

Even the Greek, whose civilization is so intimately related to that of the Romans, and through them to us, was unable to protect and propagate directly the spirit and the institutions of his own admirable refinement. In all purely human work there is a response of death, a certain futility and emptiness, as a reminder by Nature of man's transitory character and functions.

Nevertheless...Read on

--->Those terrible Middle Age
s: Debunking the myths...

--->He's Fried, Man. NYT columnist Thomas Friedman has made a good living by being wrong, time and time again (no fear of home foreclosure for he!). And he's done it yet again. As witness, How Tom Friedman got the Irish crisis all wrong, N.Y. Times writer owes Irish an apology says professor.

The article was written by Sean Kay professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University who is also an Irish expert who also points out Friedman’s blunders such as agreeing early on with the strategy to invade Iraq and not to mention his absurd claim that countries which have McDonalds don’t fight each other -- that was before U.S. Vs Yugolslavia, Russia Vs Georgia etc....Read it all. And would you like fries with that?

No, it's those who get things right who seem to get the sack: "I can call a president of the United States anything in the book but I can't touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank. No American would tolerate that -- white-only roads… We are owned by the propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way---Helen Thomas, read it all

--->Hackers Strike Back to Support WikiLeaks... [Note: That may momentarily please the hackers, but what is doable is not always wise. Why give the government even more excuses to curb free expression on the Internet for all the rest of us?] ...More

---Oprah denies years of media and acquaintance reports that she is homosexual...; for more on that see here (click). One thing is certain, she has done more to assist in the transvaluation of values away from the traditional Christian consensus, simple decency, in this country than practically any other media personality; and our children are reaping the whirlwind; it is this which is of consequence in my opinion.

Eiffel Tower shut and roads blocked by early Paris snowfall--->Matt Taibbi: Courts Helping Banks Against Homeowners...

--->Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he fears the euro will face a "high noon" moment of reckoning early in the New Year...

--->Swiss bishops denounce 'hostility' toward Christian symbols...

--->Mary's life shows God's mercy is more powerful than evil, Pope says on feast day...

--->Blair called to testify again
on Iraq...

--->Eiffel Tower shut and roads blocked by early Paris snowfall... (It looks like New England in January...see video)

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