Funny Strange

Via Amy, whose blog I can’t seem to link to just now – have I been 86’d, wondered the drunken blog hanger-on? – a story on Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex about a new Theorem of Everything, or at least all human behavior. The theorem’s discoverer also penned an open letter which included the following:

“My father was a writer and philosopher. To please him I had read over 200 of what are generally considered the greatest books of all time. I had read every classic and then, when I was finished with these, I read the obscure classical writers and philosophers. But now I was free from them all, and because I now knew they were not right, I could, for the first time, see these individuals for who they truly were: mostly damaged children, oddballs of society, and in their self-centered pain they would covet that which was around them in an attempt to explain the reason for this pain. Yes, for the first time in my life I was free from the intellectual chains that had bound not only me, but had bound all men since the beginning of time. . . . Once I almost worshiped these books— now I used them to prop up speakers and end tables. Finally, I pulled a big blanket out into my backyard and let the rain fall all over them. This was an appropriate ending, for it was Nature that had freed me, and therefore it should be her to help me erase my past. It was an act of liberation, a celebration of the break in the intellectual chains that had bound me.”

Be very careful of dudes who take the accumulated wisdom of the centuries and put it out in the rain as rubbish. “Intellectual chains” is a very useful image; it obscures the notion that knowledge is a kind of liberation – from ignorance. One of the reasons I like the Church is because the Church has shown a willingness to take truth where she finds it, including in the accumulated wisdom of the centuries which came before she was born.


  1. geoff edwards says

    Is that guy for real? I bet he’s tons of fun at a cocktail party.

  2. Vizzini: I can’t compete with you physically, and you’re no match for my brains.
    Westley: You’re that smart?
    Vizzini: Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
    Westley: Yes.
    Vizzini: Morons.

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