Books, History, Uncategorized, Western Civilization

Dialogs of Plato-Charmides


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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I rarely do this, but today I’m on a vacation from prayer…and Minnesota history. I’m attempting to make a time theory based on one of my recent percussion inventions; the guitar-cajon or “guitarajon” as I have dubbed it.

We humans are odd creatures because we simultaneously operate in three “time zones”: past,present,and future contexts. Let me show you with my handy dandy little flow chart:

Events in the past are saved as memories>We have a personality because we have a memory> Our personality + memory often defines our present identity> Our present identity allows real-time choices that lead to our future. Will we listen to the voices of warmth, fear, self-condemnation, or affirmation? In a sense, we choose our future based on our past reacting to present-day stimuli.

So, all that to say that I’ve been pondering how we live in these three “time zones” at once. This drum is symbolic of these thoughts to me. I’ve taken 2 unusable guitars, and placed them back to back, symbolic of internal dualistic battles. Next, they are joined together to become one thing.

This new personality has sonic characteristics of both halves, but is not exclusively defined by them, but by how and where the drum is struck. This percussive strike is amplified by an internal microphone, which, in turn travels to the loudspeakers to create sound.

We internally choose what voices to listen to and externalize. We may or may not have choices in life as to the “how” we’ve been struck, but we can choose what we think and externally amplify. I’ve chosen to forgive the unforgivable intonation these halves had as individual guitars, and am choosing to reinvent them. ¬†Successfully combining the best of the past into a new personality with a future that sounds exactly like a brand-new “guitarajon”!