The river of life, the river of death: Thoughts on liberty & bondage from Andrew Kern

This is a great and thoughtful talk: A Contemplation of Liberty by Andrew Kern from CiRCE Institute. It is an audio (not video) recording. So grab a cappuccino (or, if it is evening, a glass of red wine), get your pen and notebook, tell your homeschooled children to quietly practice their Greek declensions, sit back and enjoy.

whosit: Andrew Kern

Some notes…

Mussolini’s quote on relativism:

“Everything I have said and done is these last years is relativism, by intuition. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology, and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories, and men who claim to be the bearers of an objective immortal truth, then there is nothing more relativistic than fascism.”
—Benito Mussolini, Diuturna (1921)
“Truth fishing:” The seven Liberal Arts were divided into the Trivium (“the three roads”) and the Quadrivium (“the four roads”).
The Trivium consisted of:
  • Grammar
  • Rhetoric
  • Logic
The Quadrivium consisted of:
  • Arithmetic: Number in itself
  • Geometry: Number in space
  • Music, Harmonics, or Tuning Theory: Number in time
  • Astronomy or Cosmology: Number in space and time
From Dante’s Purgatorio, Canto XXVII, lines 124 through 142:
When all the stairway under us had sped
And we had reached the highest step of all,
Virgil fixed his eyes on me and said,
“My son, now you have seen the temporal and
The eternal fire, and you have reached the place
Where on my own I can discern no further:
“I’ve brought you here with intelligence and art.
Let your own pleasure guide you from now on:
You’re through the steep and through the narrow ways.
“See there the sun that shines upon your brow;
See the young grass, the flowers, and the shrubs,
Which here the earth all by itself produces.
“Until those beautiful, rejoicing eyes
Come, which in tears moved me to come to you,
You can sit down or walk among the flowers.
“Await no more a word or sign from me.
Your will is straightened, free, and whole — and not
To act upon its promptings would be wrong:
“I crown and miter you lord of your self.”

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2 responses to “The river of life, the river of death: Thoughts on liberty & bondage from Andrew Kern

  1. >Thank you so much for this (yes, I lurk on your blog all the time, often arguing with you and always enjoying…) When I taught at a classical school in Tallahassee Andrew Kern did our teacher training. It was one of my most stimulating weekends since Gutenberg. He is an extraordinary teacher. I can't wait to tell my toddler and newborn to practice their declensions while I listen to this…

  2. >Axon, thanks for our comments and for lurking. I hope you and your family are doing well. We miss you guys.

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