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Kanye For President?

Kanye West is running for president and is on the ballot in some states. While his campaign is essentially non-existent, his political efforts have been supported by Republicans with the blessing of Trump. While this might strike some as odd, enabling Kanye is a clever strategy. The various lawsuits brought on his behalf seem to [More]

Locke’s Political Philosophy

[Revised entry by Alex Tuckness on October 6, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] John Locke (1632 - 1704) is among the most influential political philosophers of the modern period. In the Two Treatises of Government, he defended the claim that men are by nature free and equal against claims that God had made all people naturally subject to a monarch. He argued that people have rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, that have a foundation independent of the laws of any particular society. Locke used the claim that men are naturally free and equal as part of the justification [More]

English as a Sacred Language: Anastassia Makarieva tells us of Rivers, Mountains, and Forests.

  The human ecclesia needs a common language and this language is now English, a true sacred language that allows all the children of Gaia to understand each other. You see in the clip above, Anastassia Makarieva, Russian researchers, opening up a whole new world for you. She can do that because she masters English well enough to be able to communicate with us.    Nowadays, English is enjoying the status that was of Latin in Europe during the Middle Ages. It allows people from widely different cultures to speak and understand each other. It is a little miracle if you think that, up to no long ago, the world was a Babel where you wouldn't have been able to understand people living just a few hundred kilometers from you.  This is the pliancy of the human language, an incredibly powerful tool that serves also the purpose of tribal identification. And this second purpose is what creates the Babel tower: humankind as a vast mosaic of communities unable to understand each other. It is possible to overcome the language barriers using sacred languages: for centuries, Latin, Arabic, and Greek, provided the tools needed for communicating for the people living in the Eastern tip of Eurasia and North Africa. Along the Silk Eoad that crossed Eurasia, trade languages were spoken, the most common one being Sogdian, an early Iranian dialect, by now nearly forgotten (some versions of it are still spoken in Tajikistan). None of these trade or sacred [More]

COVID, Cruelty & Empathy

President Trump announced that he and Melania tested positive for COVID. His supporters have expressed sympathy and concern for Trump. Most other Americans have followed their moral compass or social norms and have also expressed sympathy and concern—just as they have towards those sickened or killed by the disease. Some critics have pointed out that, [More]

Les chemins de l’amour

Covid restrictions strike again. One of the Wigmore Hall concerts I was really looking forward to watching online was tonight’s planned programme of French songs from Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre Tharaud. But it was not to be. As a taster of … Continue reading → The post Les chemins de l’amour appeared first on Logic [More]

English as a Sacred Language: the Fall of the Babel Tower

  The human ecclesia needs a common language and this language is now English, a true sacred language that allows all the children of Gaia to understand each other. You see in the clip above, Anastassia Makarieva, Russian researchers, opening up a whole new world for you. She can do that because she masters English well enough to be able to communicate with us.    Nowadays, English is enjoying the status that was of Latin in Europe during the Middle Ages. It allows people from widely different cultures to speak and understand each other. It is a little miracle if you think that, up to no long ago, the world was a Babel where you wouldn't have been able to understand people living just a few hundred kilometers from you.  This is the pliancy of the human language, an incredibly powerful tool that serves also the purpose of tribal identification. And this second purpose is what creates the Babel tower: humankind as a vast mosaic of communities unable to understand each other. It is possible to overcome the language barriers using sacred languages: for centuries, Latin, Arabic, and Greek, provided the tools needed for communicating for the people living in the Eastern tip of Eurasia and North Africa. Along the Silk Eoad that crossed Eurasia, trade languages were spoken, the most common one being Sogdian, an early Iranian dialect, by now nearly forgotten (some versions of it are still spoken in Tajikistan). None of these trade or sacred [More]