memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Archive for the ‘wisdom’ Category

No need for temples

No need for temples.

Isn’t it a pity?

Isn’t it a pity?

Now isn’t it a shame?

How we broke each other’s hearts

And each caused each other pain.

George Harrison  (All things must pass)

Quote of the day

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.

Charles Darwin

CHARLES DARWIN

Old age

A man growing old becomes a child again.

Sophocles

SOPHOCLES

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Mark Twain

MARK TWAIN

Loss Of knowledge

The Great Library of Alexandria was one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

Its destruction by fire, begun by accident in 48 BC by the Roman general Julius Caesar when tactics forced him to set fire to his own fleet, moored in the harbour of Alexandria, and the blaze spread first to the docks and then to the Library itself, and completed by the Caliph Omar – he who entered Jerusalem on a white camel –  nearly seven centuries later in 642 AD, (during the first frenzied and seemingly irresistible flames of the Islamic Faith rampaged through the Arab world), was a severe setback for Western Civilization.

MASKS - PAINTING by THOMAS MILNER

The Library had contained about seven thousand scrolls written by Greek, Persian and Egyptian poets, writers and philosophers.

The Caliph Omar is said to have commented: If they are to be found in the Koran then they are not needed. If they are not to be found in the Koran then they are harmful.

How much of the fruit of that wise age was lost?

Not all of the most powerful search-engines in the world can discover that because it became unknown or non-knowledge.

Who the heck was Zeno when he was at home?

Who the heck was Zeno when he was at home?

All I know for sure is that he was the ancient Greek philosopher who was famous for his paradoxes and that his very name is redolent of an esoteric and all-embracing knowledge and wisdom.

Let’s wiki him, shall we? (to wiki, to google, to blog … I never thought the day would arrive when I used those verbs … mind you, in our day we had to hoover, to zerox, to fax and to DHL …) Ah, here we are:
ZENO of Elea (ca. 490 BC?) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of Southern Italy, a member of The Eleatic School which was founded by Parminedes. Aristotle called him the inventor of the Dialectic. He was best known for his Paradoxes, which Bertrand Russell has described as «immeasurably subtle and profound».


Zeno’s arguments were the first examples of a method of proof called reductio ad absurbum. This form of argument soon became known as the epicheirema. In Book VII of his Topica, Aristotle says that an epicheirema is a dialectical syllogism …

But let’s not go down there because it’s late and I’m going to call it a day.

Oh well, at least I now know who the heck Zeno was when he was at home!

Loss Of knowledge

The destruction by fire of the great Library of Alexandria,  begun in 48 BC by Julius Caesar when he was forced to set fire to his own fleet and the blaze spread to the docks and to the Library and completed by the Caliph Omar nearly seven centuries later in 642 AD during the first frenzied and seemingly irresistible flames of the Islamic Faith rampaged through the Arab world, was a severe setback for Western Civilization. The Library had contained about seven thousand scrolls written by Greek, Persian and Egyptian poets, writers and philosophers.

DARK WOMAN - PAINTING BY THOMAS MILNER

The Caliph Omar is said to have commented: If they are to be found in the Koran then they are not needed. If they are not to be found in the Koran then they are harmful.

How much of the fruit of that wise age was lost? Not all of the most powerful search-engines in the world can discover that because it became unknown or non-knowledge.

 

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