Junior Ganymede
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I said to my heart

September 23rd, 2015 by G.

I billeted a strong force overnight in a citadel laid waste in former days by other generals. There we slept upon its back and flanks, while under us its landlords slept. And I said to my heart: Where are the many people who once lived here? Where are the builders and vandals, the rulers and paupers, the slaves and masters? Where are the begetters and the bereaved, the fathers and the sons, the mourners and the bridegrooms? And where are the many people born after the others had died, in days gone by, after other days and years? Once they lodged upon the earth; now they are lodged within it. They passed from their palaces to the grave, from pleasant courts to dust.

-Samuel HaNagid (993-1056), “The Ruined Citadel” (tr. T. Carmi). Samuel HaNagid was a Jewish general for a Grenadian Muslim army. We think of AD 1000 as so very long ago, as indeed it was. But there were people alive then, unreckonably far back from where we sit, who also could see themselves as the heirs of lost ages and old, old times. Someday we too will be dim figures of antiquity.

Hat tip to the Laudator Temporis Acti

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September 23rd, 2015 12:37:49

Six Seconds

May 25th, 2015 by G.

Corporal Jonathan Yale. Lance Corporal Jordan Haeter.  Whom God  made, and worthy of their making.

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May 25th, 2015 05:26:29

Progress and Perfection Reconciled

September 26th, 2014 by G.



Peace like a river. (more…)

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September 26th, 2014 12:05:41

Chains of Memory

June 05th, 2014 by G.

Remebering the Past

What is the strange power of chains of memory to move us? (more…)

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June 05th, 2014 09:55:56

Remembering Something with Perfect Fidelity

February 23rd, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton’s commenter Arakawa has derived his own version of the amphibious synthesis of time and eternity. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2014 21:11:12

Revelation: A Syllogism

November 13th, 2012 by G.

First premise: Nothing made by mortals can be perfect. (more…)

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November 13th, 2012 10:03:36

The Resurrection of Spock, the Looting Lepers of Mars

September 02nd, 2011 by G.

John C. Wright hilariously essays to write about the supposed opposition between religion and science, and the nature of science fiction. His definition of science fiction is close to the true one, which is that science fiction is the imaginative fiction of the myths of modernity. (more…)

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September 02nd, 2011 06:29:40