Posts Tagged ‘Commedia’

Parte per te stesso

July 17th, 2011

I was going to begin this sentence with the phrase “in these times of massive lunacy,” but when, looking at the national political scene, could one not have described it thus?  Just the other day, Senator Orin Hatch (Shit-for-brains, Utah) trotted out once again the idea of a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to have a balanced budget, just a bare two years after the federal government saved his ass and everybody else’s from economic catastrophe by (cue drums) deficit spending.  Meanwhile, the liberals’ Great Hope Obama calls for “shared sacrifice” to reduce the deficit, with cuts to social support programs coupled with raised taxes on some of the playtoys of the rich, as if there were some parity involved.  It brings to mind Anatole France’s quip that “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”  At the same time, on the right wing the Tea Partyers and their associated stooges for the megarich like Eric Cantor (Dickhead, Virginia) insist that the social contract should not apply to them, at least not insofar as they are expected to contribute to society – they’re perfectly happy to receive government benefits –  while across the room the progressives flounder in a myopia which cannot perceive the difference between Haley Barbour and Barak Obama.  A plague on all their houses.  As did Dante seven hundred years ago, I declare myself a Party of One.

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Prayer in a godless world facing environmental disaster

July 7th, 2010

Dante says somewhere, I think it’s in the Paradiso, that the purpose of writing his Commedia is to help create new and better ways to pray.  Not the Miltonic explaining of god’s ways to man, or the expounding of doctrine, or the description of the world with the rewarding of the just and the punishing of sinners and the placing of everyone in his place – just prayer.  I love that.  I don’t believe in god, but I do believe in prayer.

Since I’m neither a theologian nor a philosopher, I can’t define precisely what I mean by the word, but it has something to do with using language as an instrument to place oneself in proper relation to the world. 

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