The Exquisite Adonis Blue

The Adonis Blue, loveliest of all the blue butterflies and rivalled only, perhaps, by the White Admiral as a thing of delicate wonder in flight, lending its  grace to the beauty of the chalk uplands of southern England. This is the butterfly of our joyous childhood excursions to Hod Hill, where, I hope, it will continue to flourish long after the footprints of rapacious men fade from view. LJ 

 

Amy Chua – Wikipedia

Amy Chua – Wikipedia
— Read on en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Chua

In her discussion with Anne McElvoy on the podcast “The Economist Asks” Amy Chua offers some wise and unusually balanced insights into the problematic schism entailed by identity politics and the damage caused to the “connective tissue” holding heterogeneous societies such as the USA and the UK together.

The Economist asks: Have identity politics gone too far? | The Economist asks on acast

Tribalism has always existed, but is now playing a far more pivotal role in society: from the rise of gender and ethnic affiliation, to nationalist parties in Europe and even the appeal of Donald Trump. Amy Chua, author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” and “Political Tribes”, explains why the politics of sharp-edged identities have become so powerful.For information regarding your data privacy, visitacast.com/privacy
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Ernest Dowson

Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam

The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long. –Horace

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

Very pleasing

Very pleasing, since I haven’t had time to do the crossword for a while. Left overnight, things came so much more easily in the morning.

Well said, Roger Scruton!

This point is very well made. I wish I had said it. Sadly, I didn’t, though it is consonant with what I have thought for years and said, without undue repetition, for years.

It also, though, goes to the heart of what we think communication is. You know, if you think of communication as an exercise in respect for the other, you don’t repeat yourself. Repeating yourself suggests that you’re either demented or that you just don’t care about the other person’s response; you’re prepared to override it and say the same thing again and again. There’s no way in which a chanted slogan invites an answer. I think there’s a whole politics of that kind which grows out of the mass movements on the left but also invades the language of the left.”

 

Der Zauberberg

"Was aber sei denn der Humanismus? Liebe zum Menschen sei er, nichts weiter, und damit sei er auch Politik, sei er auch Rebellion gegen alles, was die Idee des Menschen besudele und entwürdige." (from "Der Zauberberg: Roman (Thomas Mann, Große kommentierte Frankfurter Ausgabe. Werke, Briefe, Tagebücher) (German Edition)" by Thomas Mann, Prof. Dr. Michael Neumann)

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