December 4th, 2020

the contemplative soul is formed through the fire of divine love

It is 2:31 PM Friday afternoon here where we live out our numbered days. It is very cold gray dismal day. No sunshine today or blue skies.

I got up this morning around 8 o'clock AM. I got up late because I went to bed at Midnight last night. I stayed up late watching a movie on Amazon Prime. So I got up to find my wife making peanut brittle in the kitchen. I got myself a glass of cold water and sat in our dining room seeking to make peace with another day.

After I woke up somewhat I got a cup of coffee and messed with our main computer. After messing our main computer I had breakfast and then wrote in my paper diary. Next after writing in my diary I read from a book titled, 'The Spiritual Writings of Denis the Carthusian' Translated into English by Ide M. Ni Riain, RSCJ. I also read this morning from a book titled, 'The Darkness Of God: Negativity in Christian Mysticism' by Denys Turner.

Caleb dropped off Josie and their little dog Ollie around Noon today. Caleb went to Grand Rapids to have something repaired.

I have been this afternoon writing in my paper diary and reading from a book titled, 'Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas' biography by Stephen Budiansky. There is not much else going on today. Right now Carol and Josie are making a cake.

I did film a video last night for my Youtube channel. Carol went to bed around 9:30 PM last night. I stayed up and watched a movie on Amazon Prime.

Well I will close to wait out existence.
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Jackson Lears - Cultural and Intellectual Historian



Jackson Lears, cultural and intellectual historian and distinguished professor of history at Rutgers University, discusses the evolution of "the American sublime." Originally arising from a Romantic, Protestant faith in the divinity of wild nature, the notion was transformed and fragmented in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Americans came to attach notions of sublimity to technology and celebrity but remained attracted to a more complex vision of nature, one that oscillated between ecological perceptions of dense biodiversity and minimalist conceptions of emptiness and openness—what Wallace Stevens called "the empty spirit / in vacant space." By the early 21st century, postmodern theorists advanced the idea that nature was culturally constructed. Lears asks: Has any coherent idea of sublimity survived?
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