Really random thoughts

4 11 2008

With some help from Nicolás Gómez Dávila

I’m on lunch in lovely San Francisco. The sun is shining, but I don’t want to go outside. So I’ll write. Okay. I’ll write.

Finally, after a long political campaign, I will finally (finally!) come out with my political position:

Democratic parliaments are not places where debate occurs but where popular absolutism registers its edicts.

Intellectual vulgarity attracts voters like flies.

Love of the people is an aristocratic calling. The democrat only loves the people at election time.

The number of votes which elect a ruler is not a measure of his legitimacy but of his mediocrity.

Politics is the pastime of empty souls.

-Nicolás Gómez Dávila

FYI – I’m not voting.

The study of myths belongs to metaphysics, not to psychology.

Also by the above.

When metaphysics becomes mathematics, the modern mind starves to death.

-me

The Church used to absolve sinners; today it has the gall to absolve sins.

–Nicolás Gómez Dávila

So much for hermeneutic of continuity.

Of God one doesn’t speak with any precision or seriousness except in poetry.

A lot of people should really shut up then.

Many love humanity only in order to forget God with a clear conscience.

Insert, “many churchmen”.

Nations and individuals, with rare exceptions, comport themselves with decency only when circumstances permit no other choice.

There’s hope for us yet!

Thank you to Michael Gilleland’s site where I found these aphorisms.


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6 responses

13 11 2008
Walt C

Arturo,

I find these quotes very interesting. Some of it reminds me of another writer you’ve mentioned here, Jorge Luis Borges. He wrote, to paraphrase, ” Modern democracy is nothing more than a curious abuse of statistics.”

6 11 2008
Ben George

Wow… I like this Davila guy… nothing in English on Amazon from him, too bad…

5 11 2008
Witchfinder Generall of Berkeley

These aphorisms and Arturo’s comments are all too true.

People are at their very worst when it comes to politics. Plato is right: politics is a specialized vocation for a quirky few. Any one else who gets into it, turns either mad or stupid.

Better to look at a painting of a beautiful nude than to cast a ballot.

5 11 2008
Alice C. Linsley

How much does Obama care about struggling Hispanics in this country?

4 11 2008
Arturo Vasquez

Just water.

4 11 2008
Jorge Sánchez

Have you been drinking at lunch?

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