"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

In a sense we are a Society of Eves in Eden drawing upon evidence of such giftedness and material abundance that we cannot imagine wanting something — for oneself or those we love — and not having it, without there being an injustice, somewhere. Elizabeth Scalia

[entitlement: Elizabeth Scalia, http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/08/a-dictatorship-of-sentimentalism]

Posted by Jeff on 08.02.2011

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Imperfect reason, unassisted by adult formation, leads to the suppression of critical thinking by our feelings and desires. It encourages a headfirst dive into the waters of sentimentalism which, while shallow, are deep enough for an infant to drown in.

[catechesis: Elizabeth Scalia, http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/08/a-dictatorship-of-sentimentalism]

Posted by Jeff on 08.02.2011

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