Books, History, Uncategorized, Western Civilization

Dialogs of Plato-Charmides

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My dad loved history. Allegedly, he was somehow ranked in the top five high school students in 1948!? He loved reading the Great Books from Encyclopedia Brittanica. As children, he promised any of us a new bike if we read any of his collection over summer break. I think we all made our attempts, but inevitably failed because of the incredible density of thought in these books.

As an adult, I’ve circled back to the Great Books collection I inherited from him. This year I’ve read Herodotus and am working on Plato. Though I hate the painfully small font, I love the ideas of these icons of thought. Can I share a gem from Plato with you that instantly put me in a state of adoration of the Omniscient One?

“Yes, I said, some one who knows the past and present as well as the future, and is ignorant of nothing. Let us suppose that there is such a person, and if there is, you will allow the he is the most knowing of all living men. Certainly he is.”  Socrates

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19th Century, Art, Culture, education, History, Intercession, Jesus, Minnesota

Thoreau Visits 1861  

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Henry David Thoreau

Hoping western air will cure his consumption, Henry David Thoreau makes a trip to Minnesota. But the author of Walden is so sick that he returns to Massachusetts far earlier than planned.*

Thank you for Thoreau and his desire to learn what living means. His book touched so many lives with the idea of being content and living simply. Sometimes, learning what we don’t need is the best gift we receive.

Jesus, will you remember him in this sickness? Jesus, will you dissolve any bitter root thoughts that may have formed from the disappointment of this visit and leave a blessing for Thoreau’s lineage and philosophical heritage? G-d, it’s a hard lesson when one goes from self-help to becoming dependent. Will You teach us to help dependents in our lives, and remember what its like to be humbled like Henry today?

*P.T.H. cites timeline formerly at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm
The Minnesota Historical Society Web site, http://www.mnhs.org , is fantastic! Check it out!

 

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