Meditation on Dante’s Divine Comedy

There is an African proverb: "The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth." A statement so true that it made the greatest poet burn Florence into ash and ruble. Maybe, Dante's slash and burn technique let Florence grow into the birthplace of the Renaissance. Of this … Continue reading Meditation on Dante’s Divine Comedy

Dostoevsky and Nietzsche’s Demon

Comparing two great geniuses. Dostoevsky's the Brothers Karamazov: published in 1880 Devil. You keep thinking about our present earth! But our present earth may have repeated itself a billion times; it died out, let's say, got covered with ice, cracked, fell to pieces, broke down into its original components, again there were the waters about … Continue reading Dostoevsky and Nietzsche’s Demon

Mephisto as 18th century Morpheus (From The Matrix)

Interesting new Faust hot-take inspired form a friend: Faust (Neo), clapped up in a tight office doing meaningless work that numbs the mind, has no purpose, at least no fruits of his labor. God (the machines) anoint him special so he's been given a pointless career in academia, but behind the scene he plays a … Continue reading Mephisto as 18th century Morpheus (From The Matrix)

Goethe: Trilogy of Passion, Part III

III.  ATONEMENT.[Composed, when 74 years old, for a Polish lady, who excelled inplaying on the pianoforte.]PASSION brings reason--who can pacifyAn anguish'd heart whose loss hath been so great?Where are the hours that fled so swiftly by?In vain the fairest thou didst gain from fate;Sad is the soul, confused the enterprise;The glorious world, how on the sense … Continue reading Goethe: Trilogy of Passion, Part III

Paradiso Canto 4: The Usage of the Timaeus as Comparison to Heaven

In Paradiso, Canto 4, Beatrice tells Dante, You reason: 'if my will to good persists, why should the violence of others cause the measure of my merit to be less?' And you are also led to doubt because the doctrine Plato taught would find support by souls, appearing to return to the stars... (lines 19-24) … Continue reading Paradiso Canto 4: The Usage of the Timaeus as Comparison to Heaven