Wednesday, February 5

Contemporaneity (An Excerpt)

From the food we eat to how we dress up to the way we do things, run our governments, our businesses, to our notions of hygiene, of good health, and of healthy, everything is subject to trends. And for some people knowing and following these trends is the essence of true wisdom. They do little else. So some days they recommend a raw diet, the next they grow their own food; some days they tell you running is good for you, the next they swear by the Art of Living; some days they grow all their bodily hair, the next they are as smooth as a new-born babe. It is questionable if all this swimming along with the tide makes them at all smarter or healthier or more virtuous, but it certainly gives them conceit of knowledge. They think they know when they dont (a disgraceful sort of ignorance, as Plato claims.) What is more, the many regard them as worthy of emulation. And so being deluded themselves, they delude others as well...

Even at that hour when the grey sky of St. Petersburg is shrouded in total darkness and all its race of officials have dined and sated the...