Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is the founder and president of The CiRCE Institute and the co-author of the book, Classical Education: the Movement Sweeping America

Andrew Kern Mar 3, 2014

Auden's Prospero speaks of Long Ago
when he prepares to leave Ariel,

But it turns out he can't mean more than twelve years ago.
That's not long ago. 

Once upon a time we were born
But that was yesterday, not long ago.

The Great War in France seems like long ago
but only briefly.
Then you realize we fought there - 
On the Marne, wasn't it? 

Thomas Aquinas and Dante - that was pretty long ago
But not long ago.
We had some good arguments there too. 

Andrew Kern Mar 3, 2014

So then is life more like a run-on sentence that takes in whatever pops up and includes what it likes and excludes what it doesn't if it can and as it arises and just tries to make the best of things, content with contradictions and confusion like when I'm writing and my wife comes into the room and asks me some irrelevant question that blows it to pieces and anyway the sentence should have stopped a long time ago because everybody knows that a good sentence is a short sentence - just like life - or is it a carefully crafted sentence that absorbs various elements and relates them to each ot

Andrew Kern Feb 26, 2014
I'm in the process of launching a literary movement that we'll awkwardly call the "Pre-Sidneyans" or something as ironically self-defeating as that. Only it won't be post-modern, apart from coming after the modern. 

Andrew Kern Feb 26, 2014

It isn't a substance; that's an idea embodied.

It isn't a sentence; that's an idea verbalized.

It isn't knowable, but it's already known. 

Without it, every attempt to know anything ends in frustration and even despair, if the learner tries long enough to know without it. 

If you think you know it, then you don't yet know it as you ought to know it. 

The quest to know it is what gives birth to every art and science. 

When you start to speak but know you haven't said what you meant to say, it's the idea that told you.

Andrew Kern Feb 13, 2014

Christ offers no utopia. Christianity is not an ideology. It is a leaven in an evil world. It won't make it perfect and it won't take away suffering in this world. It might not even make this world better, on balance - at least not in the eyes of many who live in it. 

Even so, Jesus merits our worship and our praise. That's all the reason we need to worship and follow Him. 

Andrew Kern Feb 10, 2014

Is this some kind of bad joke? 

Donald Trump, Barry Bonds, Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Brad Pitt are sitting at an executive table. 

Andrew Kern Feb 10, 2014

Rod Dreher has been following a reflection by Tony Woodlief over HERE:  The article by Tony and the comments by Rod were so provocative (in the good sense) that I got carried away and wrote what became too long a comment. 

Here's what I wrote, but I have to urge you to read the original article and post (and also Rod's follow-up posts on his blog):

Andrew Kern Jan 31, 2014

And you had compassion on those who were bound, and you endured with joy the seizing of your goods, knowing yourselves to have a better and an enduring substance.

Do not, therefore, lose your confidence, which has a great reward.

For you have need of patience, so that, accomplishing the will of God, you may receive the promise. 

The Letter to the Hebrews

Andrew Kern Jan 20, 2014

I hope that you are honoring the memory of one of the truly great Americans today. One who, I believe, almost single-handedly kept our nation from exploding into uncontrolled violence.

Two assassinations that truly messed up our country: Abraham Lincoln (if only because it led to Andrew Johnson becoming president) and Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Andrew Kern Jan 2, 2014

"The blow that hurled the modern world on its course of self-destruction was the Great War of 1914-18. It was called great on account of its size rather than for any notable merit. When its sequel broke out in 1940, the earlier conflict was renamed First World War in deference to the second. This was an error, since the European wars of 18C were also world wars, promiscously fought in India and North America and on the five seas. But these, not being wars of peoples, did not threaten civilization or close an era."

Jacques Barzun
From Dawn To Decadence