Wednesday, December 05, 2018


Or sabbatical, and I sure as sh*t don't scrawl on my sabbath. Besides, lately I've felt compelled to reread a lot of old foundational Coon Classics, so I'd be rebleating mysoph anyway. FYI, these books have included, for example,

--Josef Pieper: An Anthology

--Explorations in Metaphysics: Being-God-Person

--The Philosophical Approach to God

--The One and the Many: A Contemporary Thomistic Metaphysics


--Summa Philosophica

--Philosophers Speak of God

--The Divine Relativity: A Social Conception of God

--A Christian Pilgrim in India: The Spiritual Journey of Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux)

--A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

--Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

--Introduction to Christianity

--Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon

--God's Gamble: The Gravitational Power of Crucified Love

--Freedom from Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty

--The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from Whom God Hid Nothing

And of course The Book of the SubGenius: The Sacred Teachings of J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs

Among others, not to mention various works of Schuon, which I'm always re-rereading. Now if I could only find a way to weave it all together into one continuous narrative -- or cosmic area rug -- like I did previously once upin a timeless, only in a newer and tighter spiral.

Come to think of it, what's a sabbath for but seeking the one in the many, eternity in time, the wisdom in the information, the Connector of Dots?


ted said...

Great reading! Have a slack-filled holiday!

ted said...

"I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." ― C.S. Lewis.

Van Harvey said...

'Seek and ye shall scrawl'


julie said...

Happy sabbatical, Bob :)

Anonymous said...

Hello All:

While on Sabbatical, why not visit the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, CA? Locate the reading library on the south end of the complex, and chat with the Librarian (quietly of course). Who knows what you might learn?

If you do plan to visit, it would be best not to share your plan outside of your circle of like-minded folk on the blog here.

Sincerely, G. Abrams

Jim Smalley said...

Rest, refresh, recreate well on your Sabbatical!

Hale Adams said...

Enjoy your sabbatical, Bob, and please come back.

We'll be waiting.....

(Yeah, I guess that sounds vaguely creepy....)

Have fun,

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

Joanne Griffin said...

Enjoy your sabbatical! And thanks for leaving us a Christmas wish-list to give our family.

julie said...

Joanne! Seeing your name reminded me, one of the funny things from when we were in Florida was that I knew a couple of people at my church whose names were right out of the OC comment section. There was a young woman named Joanne Varga, and we were very good friends with a Robert Godin and his wife (who was not Leslie, that would have been way too weird!). There may have been a couple of others, but those two stood out the most. Every time I saw Joanne at Bible study, I thought of you :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Ted, Van, Julie, Jim, Hale, Joanne, one and all.

During this holiday hiatus, let us remember that everyone harbors socialist sentiments from time to time, or may sympathize and support a Socialist cause or issue. That's OK; that doesn't make you a bad person. Being a Democrat is perfectly fine. Socialism, despite being maligned in some circles, is a respected and and time-honored way to view the world. It does not mean you are soft, deluded, or godless. So, let your inner Socialist out and forget any fear of peer disapproval, because many feel the same, too.

Yes, you can switch from Republican to Democrat party affiliation, anonymously. That's your right. Vote on the issues that matter to you, not to your party.

So if you are a conservative, but not everything about it feels right (and we all know that feeling), connect with you inner flower child. Feel the love. Don't you miss feeling the love? Lose the suspicion and fear. Socialism can be a part of your life again, and no one but yourself need ever know.

Your are loved and valuable.

Anna F.

julie said...

Respectfully, no.

No matter how "nice" the ideal, it does not and can never be aligned with reality; it is a lie based not in compassion but in envy, and ultimately ends in death, destruction and despair. Always. How many more millions have to die en masse and as part of the basic principle of socialism before it ceases to be a "respected and time-honored way to view the world"?

I am not a socialist, because socialism is evil.

Don Johnson said...

A most reflective hiatus/slack/sabbatical to you, Bob, and thanks for all the dots.

BTW, We bought a Spiralizer awhile back (love it) and every time I use it I think of you. ;)

Don (aka robinstarfish)

Anonymous said...

Socialism evil? I think you may be confusing it with Communism.

All government services are socialist in nature.

The US armed forces are a socialist you feel they should be privatized?
How about your police and fire services? Privatize those too?
National Park service? Medicare/Medicaid?

Your faith in the for-profit business model is so absolute as all that?
Who will study fossilized Ichthyosaurs, when there is no profit in it?

The big thing on the table is space exploration, which is urgently needed right now. If that can be privatized successfully, perhaps we could do without socialism, now that I think of it. Wealthy people also do study the sciences without needing any government funding, that's how it went down in England to start with. Newton was non-government affiliated, if I'm not mistaken.

Sooo..point taken. Big money usually gets things done. I'm on the fence about it. A privatized military could work, I suppose. Just seems a little weird.


Gagdad Bob said...

Left wing logophobia in action: to say "all government is socialist" is to say none is.

julie said...

Bob, you got a mention over at Maggie's Farm today.

Gagdad Bob said...

The blog gets mentioned somewhere on the internet every few years. Sometimes even more frequently.

Well, I've completed my review of Year One (2005), and found virtually nothing worthy of eternity. (Only 38 posts that first year.) The quality had better pick up soon, or I'll have to lower my standards.

doug saxum said...

Nothing worthy of eternity you say?
Some truths are timeless and others are timely.
Some are both.
Why not just take a random post and throw it out here for us to nibble on?

ted said...

Bruce Charlton asked readers to post their favorite blogs recently, and I gave you a shout out.

In regards to not finding anything in 2005 worth mentioning, as they say, if you don't look back on your past self and cringe, then you're probably a leftist.

Gagdad Bob said...

--Why not just take a random post and throw it out here for us to nibble on?

I realized a while ago that that takes as much time as writing a new one. Plus there are 3,255 of them down there. It's a jungle! MInus the 38 from '05, that brings it down to 3,217. I've only looked at a little more than 1%, and I'm already sick of me!

Before moving on to 2006, I need a more specific idea of what I'm looking for. It can't just be "hmm, this still holds up." I thought that might work, but it's too general. A theme, a template, an organizing principle is needed. But nothing is coming to me.... Nor can it just be a random collection of essays. I've heard that readers don't like those kinds of books. I'm reading Krauthammer's new collection, and as brilliant as he is, much if it is pretty trite. In other words, not worthy of eternity.

As for the selection process, it reminds me of what Polanyi says about science: usually you can only "discover" what is already implicit in the mind, and I don't seem to have any implicit theme. Just as you need a good theory to see the facts it explains, I need a good book title to find the chapters constituting it.

Anonymous said...

Can this be a gardening blog instead?

I once had a libertarian garden. But it got killed by pests. I once had a socialist garden, but I killed it. So I tried a moderate garden. I let my plants do their thing and only intervened whenever there was trouble with trouble being defined, diagnosed and managed with the help of a careful study of many well-credentialed expert sources which themselves had much to lose if they couldn't accurately and clearly explain gardening realities to gardeners.

Then I realized that most people were still calling my garden libertarian, or they were calling my garden socialist. Apparently most people had completely lost their ability to understand anything about gardening at all.

We’re so screwed.

julie said...

With Advent in mind, there's always a subtopic of the trinitarian nature of the family. Probably just searching the blog for the word "trinitarian" would provide some good results...

ted said...

Book tile: "The Vertical Raccoon Church of Slack for the Orthoparadoxical Trinity"

Gagdad Bob said...

Some important ideas buried in this essay on When Supplements Become Substitutes -- or, one might say, when the periphery becomes the center, the relative the absolute, the parasite the host, the appearance the reality.

Gagdad Bob said...

It's as if the vertical structure of being collapses in on itself, such that the mortal Not Yet becomes the Right Now! Under these circumstances, Moses would not only have gotten to the Promised Land, but would have been bored stiff by it.

doug saxum said...

Chronic pain is what I have.
Nothing is killing me as far as I know but I am taking pain pills that are somewhat helpful.
If I don't have a steroid injection I suppose surgery is next.
I wonder, if the pain doesn't subside would I be considered an opioid sbuser?

Gagdad Bob said...

Have you tried an SNRI? They can work wonders without the downside of addiction.

julie said...

Depending on the kind of pain, turmeric may be helpful but it's important to check for side effects/ drug interactions. I started taking it for a type of arthritis pain a year or so back and it pretty much eliminated the problem. It has helped my SIL with nerve damage quite a bit, but she's cutting back because she's going in for a couple of surgeries soon and it also acts as a blood thinner. One of the things she's going to try is one of the nerve stimulator implants, in hopes that it will help her chronic pain.

Three adults in this house are having noticeably good results from the collagen; not sure how much has to do with pain relief and how much to do with just generally feeling better + faster muscle recovery, but it's good stuff.

Both of the above are supplements, but also the sort of thing that people used to get regularly as "food" (collagen from bone broth, turmeric as a frequently-used seasoning, etc).

doug saxum said...

What is an SNRI?

doug saxum said...

I'll try anything

I have two bulges discs and a disintegrated disk

Gagdad Bob said...

An SNRI -- selective norepinephrine uptake inhibitor -- is an antidepressant that has analgesic properties because the same neurotransmitters mediate depression and neurological pain. Just google "SNRI for chronic pain."

doug saxum said...

Thanks Bob.
I'll check it out tomorrow

Leslie Godwin said...

Doug, If you are in So Cal, I know an excellent pain management specialist. If not, see if one who is reputable in your area. Bulging discs can go away on their own, but usually within a few months. Otherwise, there is a minimally invasive procedure called a decompression that removes what is impinging on the nerve and stops the pain. Not sure about disintegrated disk, but I am pretty sure that surgeons can replace them so you don't have anything impinging on your nerves.

If you are waiting for surgery or if it will improve on its own and you need pain relief in the meantime, so other options besides opioids are steroids, steroid injections/epidural, and even medical marijuana if legal where you are and you don't have to take drug tests for your job.

If you need surgery, try to get off opioids because they won't work well after surgery, and you'll have a harder recovery. When I say surgery, I mean minimally invasive surgery.
Good luck. I hope you get some pain relief and long term help. It's hard to live with chronic pain, and worth trying everything you can. Don't give up and accept that is your fate.

Leslie Godwin said...

Julie you are so right about socialism! I write for a Catholic website about once a month called and it seems that every article seems to turn into a diatribe against Socialism and the far Left LOL.

Hope you and your family are well! Happy Advent!