Tuesday, 30 July 2013

18 - Greene/Yeats/Hume

Poem
W. B. Yeats (1865-1939, Love Song: From the Gaelic: This seems to be a poem about being at one with nature, and once one is at one with nature, 'death, oh my fair one, will never come near'. I think it's about a rejection of modern society and an acceptance of the old ways and their connection with the world around us.

Story
Graham Greene, I Spy. (1930). From Graham Greene twenty-one stories. Charlie is 12 years old, living at a time when searchlights scan the sky, and he has never smoked a cigarette even though his father own's a tobacconist's shop. He decides to steal one, and hides when his father returns, and he hears some amazing things. This is a really short story, but brilliantly written. I'm in awe of GG.

Essay
David Hume. On the Immortality of the Soul. Hume offers metaphysical, moral, physical arguments against the immortality of the soul. A difficult essay, and one I would have to read several times to fully understand. We are so stupid and uneducated these days!

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