On a whim I picked up a couple of books on Katherine of Aragon at a recent library sale. I found myself quickly fascinated with this woman who is so often overshadowed by her replacement, Anne Boleyn. In particular I was intrigued by the rigorous classical education she received.
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark
We grow accustomed to the Dark –
When light is put away –
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye –
A Moment — We uncertain step
For newness of the night –
Then — fit our Vision to the Dark –
And meet the Road — erect –
And so of larger — Darkness –
Those Evenings of the Brain –
When not a Moon disclose a sign –
Or Star — come out — within –
I live on Myrtle Avenue, a little non-descript five-plot street lined on one side only by post-war bungalows with the quaint covered porches and tiny front yards and crooked sidewalks that demonstrate a civility unique to the dreams of those mid-centuries romantics who built for themselves a small modicum of tranquility on the backs of a textile industry long since moved to a place where folks care less for it. My house, number 26, sits right in the middle of the block, the smallest house on the street and the least noticeable.
Our friend Martin Cothran is the author of Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic and Classical Rhetoric programs, and is an instructor of Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, and Classical Studies at Highlands Latin School. He currently serves as senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation of Kentucky. His articles has have appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and various other newspapers, as well as on radio and television.
Editor's Note: This piece is posted with the permission of our friends at Story Warren, where it was originally published.
America’s current crop of bright young things, like every crop before them, seems sure they’ve invented some new ideas. Like smoking pipes, home-grown vegetables, and over-sized mustaches.
Of course they didn’t, but don’t get me wrong, I’m also a big fan of… well, some of those things.
For the weekend crowd, this is a sampling of what we've been reading this week.
I spent last Friday and Saturday in the hospital and that has turned this week into a long bout of catching up and getting myself back in rhythm. It probably wasn't a big deal, so we haven't made much of it here at CiRCE, but I do feel I owe an explanation and that I should prevent this from growing into more than it was. So here's the story.
The heart of the difference between classical and conventional education is not in curriculum or teaching methods, though those are effected. The heart of the issue is in goals and beliefs. Our practices often entangle us so much that we can't get back to the things that matter most.
The biggest difference is theological. Conventional education is ultimately nihilistic, believing that we live in a great meaningless vacuum. Classical education, Christian or philosophical, rests on the foundation of Being. Everything, quite literally follows from this.
G.K. Chesterton, the great writer, Christian apologist, lay theologian, literary and cultural critic, poet, and more, might be the most "quotable" writer in history. While it is difficult to narrow down a few favorites, I will begin by offering five (a very few) of my favorites: