Sunday, February 05, 2017

Seeing Things as They Are

The death of Churchill reminds us of the limitations of our craft, and therewith of our duty. We have no higher duty, and no more pressing duty, than to remind ourselves and our students, of political greatness, human greatness, of the peaks of human excellence. For we are supposed to train ourselves and others in seeing things as they are, and this means above all in seeing their greatness and their misery, their excellence and their vileness, their nobility and their triumphs, and therefore never to mistake mediocrity, however brilliant, for true greatness.
"Churchill's Greatness" by Leo Strauss

Facts are better than dreams.
from Winston Churchill's "The Gathering Storm"

“Nice guy” and “role model” have become synonyms in sport but a role model is someone who shows you how to move through the world as it is.
"The devil and Roger Federer" by Janan Ganesh

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.
They barely had an idea of their original civilization. They had the Koran and its laws; they stuck to certain fashions in dress, wore a certain kind of cap, had a special cut of beard; and that was all. They had little idea of what their ancestors had done in Africa. They had only the habit of authority, without the energy or the education to back up that authority. The authority of the Arabs--which was real enough when I was a boy--was only a matter of custom. It could be blown away at any time. The world is what it is.
from V. S. Naipaul's “A Bend in the River”


admin said...

wish you wrote more posts like this