Every soul has religion, which is only another word for its existence. All living forms in which it expresses itself- all arts, doctrines, customs, all metaphysical form-worlds, all ornament, every column and verse and idea- are ultimately religious, and must be so. But from the setting in of Civilization they cannot be so any longer. As the essence of every Culture is religion, so- and consequently- the essence of every Civilization is irreligion- the two words are synonymous…


It is this extinction of living inner religiousness, which gradually tells upon even the most insignificant element in a man’s being, that becomes phenomenal in the historical world-picture at the turn from Culture to Civilization.

Unlike the presentist, who sees the past as a tiny, backward and contemptible province of his vast eternal present, the reactionary knows the opposite. The present is a province of the past.
The modern world is still suffering from the native incapacity of the Jews to be political. The art of making and preserving a City, which we call be the Greek name, “Politics,” was never an indigenous growth among the Hebrews. The City of the Greeks and the other civilized nations of antiquity was hateful to them. Their ideas were essentially anti-political. The politics of Judaea, when there were any, were borrowed from the Egyptians and Babylonians and, later, from the Greeks. These borrowings were regarded with violent disapproval by the champions of Hebrew orthodoxy, who objected to organized civilization on two grounds. Some, like Amos, hated it just because it was civilization and not nomadic barbarism. It was in the desert that God had made his covenant with the Chosen Race, and in the desert there was nothing else to think about but God. So, Back to the Desert! was their war-cry. Others, the Ebionites, objected to civilization because it was hierarchical, because it made for social inequality. They gave prophetically indignant utterance to the envious hatred of the poor in cash and in spirit against the rich and talented and cultured. A pious and universal mediocrity was their ideal.
In the long run our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are alive, and will have to deal with the consequences of our economic actions.
lostsplendor:

Flatiron Winter, New York City c. 1903

lostsplendor:

Flatiron Winter, New York City c. 1903

(via lostsplendor)

I am of a certain age, and I was around 50 years ago. I was reading the newspapers and following world events and I remember the civil rights movement. I was in England, but we followed it. I remember it, I remember what we felt about it, and what people were writing about it. It was full of hope. The idea in everyone’s mind was that if we strike down these unjust laws and we outlaw all this discrimination, then we’ll be whole. Then America will be made whole. After an intermediate period of a few years, who knows, maybe 20 years, with a hand up from things like affirmative action, black America will just merge into the general population and the whole thing will just go away. That’s what everybody believed. Everybody thought that. And it didn’t happen.

Here we are, we’re 50 years later, and we’ve still got these tremendous disparities in crime rates, educational attainment, and so on. And I think, although they’re still mouthing the platitudes, Americans in their hearts feel a kind of cold despair about it. They feel that Thomas Jefferson was probably right and we can’t live together in harmony. I think that’s why you see this slow ethnic disaggregation. We have a very segregated school system now. There are schools within 10 miles of where I’m sitting that are 98 percent minority. In residential housing too, it’s the same thing. So I think there is a cold, dark despair lurking in America’s collective heart about the whole thing.
There is the moral of all human tales:
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory - when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption - barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page…
jaded-mandarin:

Moderglæde - Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann, 1858.

jaded-mandarin:

Moderglæde - Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann, 1858.

cavetocanvas:

John James Audubon, Peregrin Falcons (Duck Hawks), n.d.
From the Cleveland Museum of Art:

Combining his interests in nature and art, Audubon sought to depict every species of native North American birds posed in action with elements of their habitats. His efforts resulted in the four-volume publication The Birds of America, which contains more than 435 hand-colored engravings after his watercolor renderings. Occasionally the artist, sometimes with the help of assistants, made oil versions of his watercolors, of which this image of two falcons feasting on fresh duck carcasses is an early and especially lively example.

cavetocanvas:

John James Audubon, Peregrin Falcons (Duck Hawks), n.d.

From the Cleveland Museum of Art:

Combining his interests in nature and art, Audubon sought to depict every species of native North American birds posed in action with elements of their habitats. His efforts resulted in the four-volume publication The Birds of America, which contains more than 435 hand-colored engravings after his watercolor renderings. Occasionally the artist, sometimes with the help of assistants, made oil versions of his watercolors, of which this image of two falcons feasting on fresh duck carcasses is an early and especially lively example.

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
archivesofart:

Study of Hills by Lord Frederic Leighton, 1879. Leighton uses richness of colour to emphasise the definition between foreground, middle ground and background of this hilly landscape.

archivesofart:

Study of Hills by Lord Frederic Leighton, 1879. Leighton uses richness of colour to emphasise the definition between foreground, middle ground and background of this hilly landscape.

(Source: artmastered)

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