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Dubious Denver Debate Declarations

I caught only the last half of the first presidential debate last night. What I found was that, except for their presentations, both presidential hopefuls pretty much delivered the same message. What was the message?

“As a matter of fact, ‘Facts don’t matter.'”

That’s too bad.

In terms of presentation, Willard, who isn’t (yet) president, looked more presidential than Barack, who is.

My takeaway? The course of the federal government will not be even slightly changed by our choice of president. These two candidates just aren’t different enough.

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The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 6

If Darwin and Wallace could co-labor, can’t we?

I have certain basic beliefs –

  • Science and religion are both metanarratives whose validities hinge on the way they are acted out.
  • ‘Just so’ stories are not properly basic ever, at any time in any narrative.
  • Everything is a metaphor for everything else.
  • (Therefore) ‘Truth’ may best be encapsulated within ‘Myth’.
  • (So that) Even our most basic understanding of physical reality, e.g. ‘matter’ may be viewed as mythological.

Everything I ‘know’, I know by ‘faith’.

I think it would be nice if you would share…

The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 4

What truth is not informs what it is

The truth is, I am unschooled in interpreting art. Perhaps the artist, François Lemoyne, anticipated that general fact with the title of this his final painting– Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy (1737). Mssr. Lemoyne completed the painting June 3, 1737 and on the following day successfully stabbed himself seven times, perhaps seeing his work, life and death as tragically perfect metaphor.

People can be so cruel, especially to themselves.

The painting and its creator stimulate many, many more philosophical ideas than I perhaps will ever have, but I still would like to mention a couple of my own:

  1. People in 18th century Western society dressed far more modestly than we do today, yet many of their (public) artistic creations would not receive ‘G’ ratings today.
  2. The idealized beauty of a feminine form was decidedly different then than now.

The fact is, somebody living today who thought and acted as Mssr. Lemoyne did in the last six months of his life would probably not be perceived as anyone other than a lunatic; whatever he might say or do would probably not be received as ‘true’. But the fact also is, we can appreciate the ‘truth’ expressed in his final work, and possibly (if we study it carefully) even in his death.

Truth is personal, perhaps, in ways that are inexpressible by facts.

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