From James A., and from weeks and weeks ago, sorry!:
...Re: year-old comments on Theology of the Body seminar that you linked t'other day: 'All the platypus has to do to fulfill its telos is, like, be its weird-ass mammal egg-laying self, whereas humans can't get away with just being "human, all-too-human." We actually have a task which we can either accept or refuse.'
This reminded me a lot of Epictetus the Stoic's comments on praising God (from the Moral Discourses of Epictetus): 'For what else can I do, a lame old man, than sing hymns to God? If then I was a nightingale, I would do the part of a nightingale; if I were a swan, I would do like a swan. But now I am a rational creature, and I ought to praise God. This is my work; I do it, nor will I desert this post, so long as I am allowed to keep it, and I exhort you to join in this same song.'
A reader who may want anonymity, on the missing pants:
...[W]hy hasn't the judge hearing the case found a way to dismiss it? If I were the judge (or the clerk) on this case, I would be working feverishly to see if the law allowed me to somehow cap the amount of damages or dismiss the whole thing. Maybe the lawyer -- who is an administrative law judge, by the way -- could be given onerous sanctions.
From Bill Loughlin, on Dali:
Until a year or two ago I just thoght Dali ... was just another self-
indulgent artist. Then while I was in St Petersburg FL my wife and I went to the Dali museum there. Now, having seen a broad spectrum of his work, and learned so much more about him, I think he is one of the great artists of history. His religious works are incredible, reminiscent of El Greco, and have to be seen in person to be appreciated--you could never see everything in one of his huge canvases by looking at it in a book or online. He converted from atheism and communism rather late in life, and it really seemed to cause a creative explosion.
Now I have to figure out how much to save to be able to buy an edition...