What gems might be in here
I see this while looking more into Ernest Fortin, the author of that Dante book. Fortin has 153 entries out of those 10,000.
Alfarabi demonstrates that religion is an image or reflection of philosophy. One can apply that to Alfarabi himself. Without truly understanding him you’re only living in the religious mode in relation to him. What secrets could be in that 10,000…
People only want the absolute worst for you when you talk about this stuff. Seriously, you don’t know the half of it. The symbolic castration ritual is my personal favorite. It’s as if they mean to indicate that they don’t want truth in the future. They want illusion in the future. Life rounded by a sleep. That’s nice for you, I’m not talking to you, this is for Golden Dawn enthusiasts.
Here’s the partial version of that bibliography at least, you can scroll through that if you want. Not many have as many entries as Fortin.
If you’ve ever found yourself unable to speak directly on social media for instance, and hinted about something while getting your point across AND getting away with it, think of these scholars as doing that sort of thing except probably on a loftier level.
How about this. Remember Allan Bloom the other day referencing Socrates about how in a democracy one has the choice to be the soul of ANY regime, and that’s the saving grace of THIS regime? These are often aristocratic souls who realize that’s NOT true. You don’t get to choose. Socrates said that, and look what happened to him. So they’re a cross between democrats and aristocrats, and they will sometimes reveal themselves as the latter in a subtle manner. They won’t be writing the way I do, because they know what happens. We live amongst petty souls who want illusion. Like I said, I have my “personal favorite” response. I’d rather have hemlock somedays, okay? This is what I love to do though so, what am I going to do? I’m glad that some have gotten to at least mid-grades of initiation. That’s better than being purely unconscious, which is how people who only are familiar with mainstream “truth” can be described. If you understand someone like Alfarabi I feel bad for you anyway, you’re just a cursed person if you “get” him.
Wut, little Jenny Strauss is on this list? What could SHE know? The wrath of Athena: gods and men in the Odyssey (1997). I didn’t know she grew up. Leo was her uncle, he adopted her.
Another prominent one on that list so far is Charles E. Butterworth, who I’ve praised before. If you want the view-from-above on society you need to study these types.
It’s funny, people see Alfarabi’s turban, and never would expect that it’s Allah in human form.
I feel like I’m scrolling through a list of criminals right now. The plebs would have no idea that’s what it is. Nooo it stops at the K’s. This bibliography is only up to 2005 too. If you care about “politics” this is like the form of it in our time. And for those who don’t care about the demands of the reservation it’s easy to go beyond.
Can’t find the bibliography past K online so just going with Fortin, his book on the political thought of Augustine and Aquinas.
How Fortin is described regarding Athens and Jerusalem
as a partisan of that tension, rather than as a supporter of some old or new synthesis
Fortin is the world’s only, or at least most visible and vocal, Straussian theologian.
Pretty much anyone who reads this site can be described in that way, and they’d never describe themselves that way. I reveal the mechanisms of society then you gaslight using either leftist or alt-lite ideas. Then some people go all the way and get banned. In other words, I say “Dante is a Platonist” and then you tell people “Hell is real, hell is real!” You’re a Straussian theologian. At least Fortin isn’t such a sneak.
At first glance one might think the theme of revelation vs. reason should be scrapped in our time. No, there’s just no formal scripture anymore. “Revelation” can be interpreted as the main tenets of what one is expected to believe in our time.
St. Augustine (354-430) is the first author to deal more or less comprehensively with the subject of civil society in the light of the new situation created by the emergence of revealed religion and its encounter with philosophy
Like I said yesterday, people never say “We believe this this and this because of this and that” they simply believe it and don’t talk about how they believe it or why they believe it. That’s “revealed religion”. Talking about it like this in this abstract way is philosophy.
If you ask me, most people in the modern world would find it helpful to their lives to reconcile religion and philosophy like Augustine did. If you go with pure religion without philosophy, which is often the case, consider how I say that even Latinos are leveled. Philosophy is what helps you avoid that happening to yourself.
“Faith”, i.e. faith that all souls are equal
Augustine acknowledges in man a capacity to know which precedes faith.
It’s really easy to adapt ancient thought and Christian concepts to modern conditions.
For instance a philosophical prog might say, I know this person is acting like a lowbrow, and I can still believe in the equality of all souls even if my reason recognizes what this lowbrow is.
There’s no way they teach this in any course in the university.
Augustine on Greek thinking
makes unreasonable demands on human nature
It’s easier to live without the tension noted above. People prefer to lose themselves in the faith. That’s why they tend to appropriate crudeness. It’s easier to be a slob than to be an Athenian, and it’s even easier to do away with the dialectic between the two and embrace being a slob without questioning. That’s what most have done. They take the leap of faith into the equality of all souls, and hence when they observe lowbrow behavior they think “That’s good.” To live the difficult life of the “Augustinian” would be to retain that faith and also be able to observe such behavior and wonder “Is that good?” Society will burn if more people aren’t Augustinians, reconcilers of Athens and Jerusalem.
“That’s a confusing form of cognitive dissonance!” That’s why I said it’s difficult. Augustine, and this Fortin, were able to pull it off in their own way, and can thus serve as models for those with this higher ambition of refusing to embrace being a slob. You know how I’ve described Grug the caveman? It’s difficult for people to not be him 24/7. Everything in our society facilitates their embrace of that pseudo-life of pure impulse and hedonism, so it’s not like they’re to blame. With their freewill though it IS possible for them to be “Athenian” or at least “Augustinian”. Let me be “too real” for you- if I didn’t jerk off, I’d probably lustpost all day. If you have a high libido that’s all you think about. Thankfully I have a way to control that so I can spend my day thinking about more important things than humping like an animal. Is that too real for you? Similar things can be said about other emotions besides lust. Wanting to get revenge on people all day, that’s the natural state of many who take the leap of faith into the state religion. You don’t have to do that, be an Athenian about that and wonder what really motivates you. So many are so driven by envy as well. This is a form of being a slob, or an unthinking Grug. That’s why it’s good to have at least a tension between revelation and reason. In other words we’re talking about a Grug with self-awareness. Surprisingly that’s too much to ask of many people.