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November 11, 2005
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Two great-souled men of philosophy and literature, Francis Bacon and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, today seem apt in their own spirited thoughts on book reading and what I'd call adult-level literacy.
You might consider such souls as reminding us anew of our own duties, to get on with life while simultaneously finding meaning — especially on this day — in the full face of death.
It's the triple groundwork — don't you think? — of freedom, of democracy, and, perhaps, of happiness itself.Permalink
OK, Styles, what are you trying to tell us here? There's more to this post than you have thus far revealed. Literacy + enjoyment + philosophy = life in the face of death? Whoa, Nelly.
Thanks for your prompt. Like Goethe, Nelly should beg more light here — nominally, at least — so I will answer.
Holidays here have been my latest topic prompts, with literacy marked as my principal theme.
From academic, philosophical, and poetic sources, my entry turns on a triplet of shared values — freedom, democracy, and happiness — all mentioned and each literacy's analogue. I once linked them in Summary Judgments: The Art of Middle Passages — my third anniversary post.
A more explicit take you'll find in my This — By Accident — July 4th, wherein I shed a stronger light on still other matters, holiday style.
Simply, my aim is to recommend getting on with the business of living while thanking, and thinking about, those who have gone on before.
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