Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Just Wondering...about economics and history

Transition of Virgin into a Bride/Le Passage de la Vierge à la Mariée by Marcel Duchamp

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight; somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

--William Butler Yeats

It's better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in a chaotic period"

(寧為太平犬,不做亂世人; pinyin: níng wéi tàipíng quan, bù zuò luànshì rén)

One of the marks of the end of the middle ages (premodernism) is the end of feudalism and the beginning of capitalism.

One of the features of modernism is capitalism, and its doppelganger, Marxism.

Marxism has faded.
Is capitalism fading, as well?

If so, are we living in a time of transition, as modernism takes its last gasps?

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Even more exciting: if we are living in a time of economic, historical and philosophical transition, how can we Christians witness to the hope that is within us, bringing harmony and joy as we are ambassadors of Christ, the Center?
We live in interesting times.

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