Category: Insipirations

 

 

Hate begets hate,

violence engenders violence,

hypocrisy is answered by hypocrisy,

war generates war,

and love creates love

Pitirim-Sorokin

Pitirim A Sorokin, 1954, The Ways and Power of Love

 

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Inspirations: The National Deviancy Conference

Paul Rock and David Downes were key figures in this early group. Inspirations: The National Deviancy Conference (NDC)circa 1968 As the sad news of Stanley Cohen and Mary McIntosh dying within a few days of each other moves into our memories,  I was left reflecting on the group and the time that they both pioneered…

Inspiration and In Memoriam: Mary McIntosh

The past few days have been very sad ones as I have learnt of the deaths of two former  teachers, colleagues and dear friends: Stan Cohen and Mary McIntosh. They were both inspirational; both pioneers in their works for rights and better worlds ; both serious intellectuals; and both very dear people. They will be…

In Memoriam: Stan Cohen

The past few days have been very sad ones as I have learnt of the deaths of two former  teachers, colleagues and dear friends: Stan Cohen and Mary McIntosh. They were both inspirational; both pioneers in their works for rights and better worlds ; both serious intellectuals; and both very dear people. They will be…

Return to contingencies: It’s a wonderful life?

holidays at the blog! have  a wonderful holiday It’s a Wonderful Life Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he. Clarence ,the angel, as he shows George Bailey what the world would look like if he had not lived.    …

QUOTING HUMANISMS: INSPIRATIONS

CHARLES HORTON COOLEY (1964-1929)


         ‘We live in the minds of others without

                          knowing it’

Art and Inspirations: The Golden Stairs

The Golden Stairs

Edward Bourne Jones

A copy of this celebrated painting has been recently given to us  by  dear friends after a visit to the Pre-Rapehlite Exhibition. I spotted this gem in the last gallery of the exhibition – and recalled it from the cover of Umberto Eco’s The Infinity of Lists  (currently one of my favourite books). It hints at my key themes of multiplicities, pluralities and the infinite. We had just been to see the musical Top Hat, and I was in a mood for the Ziegfield Follies or the Busby Berkeley Girls (and Boys!) which this nineteenth century image must have been well on the way to inspiring.


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