The Art of Tetman Callis

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Entries from December 2017

Your money is no good here

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“Civilization, seriously regarded, cannot be described in economic terms. In their peak periods civilizations are mythologically inspired, like youth. Early arts are not, like late, the mere secondary concerns of a people devoted first to economics, politics, comfort, and then, in their leisure time, to aesthetic enjoyment. On the contrary, economics, politics, and even war […]

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Tags: Economics · Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

What it is

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“Love’s service is without eyes, and love is without fear.” – Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan und Isold

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Rutting of a sort

December 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The experiences and illuminations of childhood and early youth become in later life the types, standards and patterns of all subsequent knowledge and experience, or as it were, the categories according to which all later things are classified—not always consciously, however. And so it is that in our childhood years the foundation is laid of […]

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Tags: Arthur Schopenhauer · Lit & Crit

We, the people

December 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“Every child is born with a certain balance of faculties, aptitudes, inclinations, and instinctive leanings. In no two is the balance alike, and each different brain has to deal with a different tide of experience. I marvel, then, not that one man should disagree with another concerning the ultimate realities of life, but that so […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Getting there

December 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“In the recent past it may have been possible for intelligent men of good will honestly to believe that their own society (whatever it happened to be) was the only good, that beyond its bounds were the enemies of God, and that they were called upon, consequently, to project the principle of hatred outward on […]

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Tags: Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

We make ’em up as we go along

December 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“The older mythic orders gave authority to their symbols by attributing them to gods, to culture heroes, or to some such high impersonal force as the order of the universe; and the image of society itself, thus linked to the greater image of nature, became a vessel of religious awe. Today we know, for the […]

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Tags: Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Some do

December 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“No one of adult mind today would turn to the Book of Genesis to learn of the origins of the earth, the plants, the beasts, and man. There was no flood, no tower of Babel, no first couple in paradise, and between the first known appearance of men on earth and the first buildings of […]

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Tags: Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit

You would think

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments

“The ultimate success of all government is dependent upon the proper management of human susceptibilities rather than upon the faithful obeisance to preconceived theories and images.” – Adda B. Bozeman, Politics and Culture in International History

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Tags: Politics & Law

So be careful

December 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“A master is not justified in putting his tow to every test which she will survive, if she be fit. There is a zone in which proper caution will avoid putting her capacity to the proof; a coefficient of prudence that he should not disregard.” – Judge Learned Hand, The T. J. Hooper, Circuit Court […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

And then it starts all over again

December 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Without arguing the point as to whether a state can survive without compelling its subjects to accept as Absolute Truth whatever system of belief the dominant elite may have decided to put forth as divine revelation, we shall observe . . . that gods suppressed become demons; which is to say, that psychological and sociological […]

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Tags: Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

So much for your freedoms and all that

December 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“Staggering under his crushing burden of taxes, in a State which was practically bankrupt, the citizen of every class had now become a mere cog in the vast machinery of the government. He had no other function than to toil for the State, which exacted so much of the fruit of his labor he was […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law