Poem: Knowledge of the Soul

Knowledge of the Soul

Knowledge of the soul

In soul’s own book is wrapped

In papers manifold

proportions, harmonies of kind

The lives of noble kings and queens unfold

The images divine.

The light on man awakens her

Emerging beauty to behold in time

The hero’s penance wakens her

And clears the eye of mind.

And So:

Knowledge of the soul

Is wrapped in books its own

Recalled anew to each each time

A dance ensouled

Of memory and mind.

Rant: Tweets Preserved: To the “Republicans.” Follow Mike Rogers.

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Straussians are supposed to be able to see the noble. They could only see the caricature of “the left” they were inspired to despise and hate. Mike Rogers (MI) would have none of it. But the “R” party need not reform this ignorance to regain the American voters.

A free man has to be able to walk. Slaves, a man MUST be able to say no to an offer he can’t refuse. These “republican” free men suck up because the organization will destroy them if they do not. And it only works because of fear.

Perhaps Hillsdale college would invite Mike Rogers to speak at the school, and explain to them practical politics. When Trump asked him to lie about Hillary, he walked- though he could have been head of the FBI, etc. These Straussians would not have walked.

Imagine if the result of the lifework of Leo Strauss is that Machiavellianism takes over “philosophy,” and liberty ends because his students really allow tyranny. That is what we are facing. Harry Jaffa leads to the attempt to prevent congress from receiving the electoral votes

These men openly supported Putin’s tyranny, excusing atrocities as “strong government,” trained on that hope that communism was over, and gangsterism a necessary evil. They need to EAT this point, as do the “R,” for the US to continue.

I think we are STILL being algorithmically messed with by collected, sold and targeted data interference. Would we know it?

Bannon might be Q. His whole gig is orchestrating fake political opinion. He believes in lying on principle- ask him.Quote Tweet

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Measure [draft]

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure | The New Thinkery Ep. 5

thenewthinkery.libsyn.comThe New Thinkery: Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure | The New…Alex, David, and Greg are back again this week, but they leave the realm of hard philosophy books to tease out the underlying political philosophy in Shakespeare’s lesser-known, but nevertheless…

A comment on hearing the excellent podcast, on Measure and The Prince: When we gather up the Tovey and Jaffa and Wasserman, …

Shakespeare takes the archetypes revealed in tragedy [Note 1] and shows how these are turned to “comedy” or happiness, by wise rule.The Thinkery notes there are not families in Vienna- till at the end, eh. The two excesses are Christianity applied directly to the visible political world, on one hand, and politics without virtue or even Roman divinities on the other. Shakespeare’s Valentino is superior. On de Orco: Machiavelli is pre-Socratic, and a genuine villain. Hypothesis: Prior to Socrates there are 3 forms of rule distinguished, of the one, the few or the many. After Socrates these are 6, distinguished as by Aristotle and Plato in Statesman. Prior to Socrates, Tyrannus and Rex are indistinct. Shakespeare is royal, and shows the integration of the truth of the Prince, but corrected by royal- or dukely- rule The difference between kingship and tyranny is introduced by the Socratic political philosophers. Not only is Shakespeare a political philosopher if Machiavelli is one- Shakespeare is superior to Machiavelli in political philosophy.

he play joins the Christian virtues with Socratic Shakespearean wise rule, correcting Christianity and Machiavelli- Two stones with one bird, the secretly totally lovable Isabela. Quadruple marriage replaces Machiavelli- Shakespeare being the better alchemist.

Note 1: Archetypes: Shakespeare’s Measure in folk #1: Judy Collins — Anathea https://youtu.be/bJDdlzI0mnc via @YouTube

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Measure is set in Vienna, and so is the one Austrian play. The Italian names connect it , through the Holy Roman Emperor, to the Italian Plays, which are Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest, first and last, framing Two Gentlemen of Verona, Much Ado, set in Messina and Sicily, and the play performed for Sly in the Taming of the Shrew, set “in Padua, near Verona.” Sicily is the visitor in Bohemia in the Winter’s Tale. The two Venetian play are Othello and Merchant.

The Duke is the second example of phronesis, or marriage practical wisdom, after Prospero. Both are a correction of the Italian orders. Wise rule brings a happy conclusion, ending in marriages, with the future of offspring. Wise rule is shown in particular examples only in Plato’s Socrates and a vary few Shakespearean characters. History is tragic, and philosophic poetry was not pursued, so there are very few examples.

Suzanne Rock Commentaries IX Selection

#1 Leonard Cohen


This is, in our opinion, the most perfect lyric poem ever written. Written by Leonard Cohen, whose very name means “priest,” it is also famously sung, with slight alterations, by Judy Collins, the lady of the blue eyes. One night in Chicago, a woman named Judy played guitar until her fingers bled, while her friend was breaking a heart, and had she not continued, I would not have been introduced to this song, nor would I have seen one of the most beautiful words that in my life I will ever see. On another occasion, in Stratford, Ontario, I saw Judy Collins herself sing the song, and I believe she saw the tears streaming down my face, there a few rows back on her right: gracias, Judith.

Suzanne takes you down to her place by (near) the river;

You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever (beside her);

And you know that she’s half crazy

And (but) that’s why you want to be there;

And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China;

And just when mean to tell her that you have no love to give her,

Then she gets you on her wave length, and (she) lets the river answer

That you’ve always been her lover;

And you want to travel with her,

And you want to travel blind;

And you know that you can trust her (she will trust you)

For she’s (you’ve) touched your (her) perfect body with her (your) mind.

And Jesus was a sailor

When he walked upon the water

And he spent a long time watching

From his lonely wooden tower;

And when knew for certain

Only drowning men could see him

He said, “All men shall be sailors then until the sea shall free them.”

But he himself was broken long before the sky would open

Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath Your wisdom like a stone

And you want to travel with him

And you want to travel blind

And you think maybe you’ll trust him

For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand

And she leads you to the river

She is wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters

And the sun pours down like honey

On our lady of the harbor;

And she shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers.

There are heroes in the seaweed

There are children in the morning,

They are leaning out for love and they will lean that way forever

While Suzanne holds the mirror

And you want to travel with her

And you want to travel blind

And you know that you can trust her

For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

To begin at the beginning, the song is written in the image of God that is Man, by which love between man and woman is patterned on the image of the relation between the soul and the divine. That all men shall be sailors is, as we recall from our beginning on the Jamaican seas, the truth about love and its agonies. “Until the sea shall free them” is the meaning of the suffering of love. That he himself was broken is the meaning of the incarnation. The divine name almost occurs when it is said “He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.” I am surprised that your is not capitalized, as though he hides in the case.

One of many of the extraordinary features of this song is it’s use of the repetition of the lines of the first, second and third set of lines. to demonstrate how the meaning of what is spoken resonates in the same chord of the higher thing spoken about. That is, for example, “Suzanne takes you down…” is like “And Jesus was a sailor,” “To her place by the river where you can hear the boats go by” is like “When he walked upon the water” and so on, even through the entire song, so that the harmonies in the poetic analogy resonate within the harmonies of the music, or the sameness of the notes in each set becomes the sameness of the two things, the image and the thing reflected.

Suzanne has a place by the river, and she takes him there, where he can hear the boats go by, and might spend the night forever. She feeds him tea and Chinese oranges, as they are visiting. She is known to him to be “half crazy,” as I imagine, a bit like the actress Amy Sedaris, and in a way that even enhances the feminine spiritual beauty of this rare creature. It is indeed why he wants to be there drinking tea and having oranges with her by the river. These lines are paired with “only drowning men could see him,” for she is the madness of his soul that would allow him to sail over the water, and indeed, to see the Christ. Then, just when he intended to tell her that he could not love her, he falls in love, as she gets him on her wavelength and lets the river answer that he has in fact always been her lover. True love touches on or is an activity of the life of the immortal or always existing soul that is what each of us most truly is, and so it is in this that we are most alive. These lines are paired with the submission of Jesus, and it may be that what is broken by his submission to the love- in adultery is his ethical self esteem, broken by love.

In this case, it is said that this love was adulterous, which may have been the reason that he intended to tell her that he had no love for her, which turn out not to be true. The background, then, may be an excruciating conflict between love and religious law, which is of course always in the end somehow right.

The first ambiguity between the two versions with which I am working is on the question of whether it is he who touches her perfect body with his mind, or she who touches his perfect body with her mind. The perfect body is, as it seems, both erotically beautiful, as the body of the beloved appears to the lover, and the perfect body that goes with the immortal soul, that is, the body in the resurrection. The theory behind the tune is that the perfect body or the particular immortal soul is what is touched in true love.

The agony of the conflict between law and love apparently causes the apotheosis of the central section. The experience of the lover with Suzanne leads him to reflect that Jesus was a sailor, going across the sea of Galilee, when he walked upon the water. This is the scene (Matthew 14:22-33; John 6:14-21; Mark 6:45-51) where he comes to the Apostles who are in the boat, walking on the water. He had stayed behind at Capernaum when the Apostles had departed for the other shore. Then he came to them, and called Peter to walk out onto the water to him. Peter goes a little way on the water, then begins to sink, leading Jesus to comment on our lack of faith. Faith allows one to walk above the turbulent waters of the soul, to which one is exposed in love. The travel in a boat is also a kind of floating on the water, and Jesus is said to have been a sailor when he did this.

He is said to have spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower until he saw, or knew for certain, the truth that only drowning men could see him. This leads him to say that all men shall then be sailors until the sea shall free them, even of the mortal body the attachment of our souls to the things of the world and of the body.

That only drowning men can see him is a truth, and the reason that belief or opinion is common, while this seeing is rare. Men must be on the point of death, or of the sacrifice of all their own private or mortal concerns, in order to be able or clear enough to see the Christ. Our suggestion is that the near drowning of the sailors in love is equivalent to the death that is not quite a literal death, but by the way of penance leads to rebirth. In the final third of the song, the scene shifts to the morning, as Suzanne takes him walking by the river. The beauty of the spectacle of this woman dressed in rags and feathers is overwhelming, as the early morning sun on her is thick like golden honey.

The most astonishing spectacle is yet to come. There are heroes in the seaweed and children in the morning. The children in the morning are leaning out for love as plants lean toward the sun. They can do no other, and will continue to do this always. The heroes in the seaweed are the contrasting lovers, most, who did not make it, but are trapped in the seaweed of the appetites and drowned. It is she who “holds the mirror,” she who shows him this, reflected. This is how the soul sees, when the sky is opened. She is the soul, or an embodiment of the archetype Jung calls “Anima.”

There is some difference between the three versions of the song regarding the sequence of the spiritual touch of the perfect body with the mind. In one version, first he has touched her body with his mind, then Jesus is followed blind because He has touched our perfect body with his mind, and then She has touched his perfect body with her mind. The perfect body is the particular immortal soul, as in what lasts of us into the Resurrection.

The lover, or hero is touched by her, then ascends in the apotheosis, to be touched by Him, Jesus or even he who raised Jesus when he was himself broken. He then returns to touch her perfect body, and the kiss of love of the hero awakens the princess to immortal life as well. The lover goes in an image of the path of the Christ, and the essence of the drama of love is shown in its being an image of the relation between God and man. The lyric is called perfect because it follows the drama in its three parts and gives the principle in its refrain. This reveals the perfection or the truest natural end of the soul in love, and though it rarely occurs, it is what the children in the souls, the children of the sun, all seek, toward which they will lean forever when they lean out in love for love.