Note bene: This essay was first published here on Jul 6, 2012. Mandeville, LA - My precious, innocent baby girl Reagan (she is 15) quoted Salvador Dahli to me today and then showed me an image form one of his works. Far from being "cool" I told her, Dahli was a pervert and a disgusting human being. I recalled I once read a piece of an essay prepared by george Orwell on Salvador Dali-posted in the early 90's @Brad Birzer's Hillsdale College (in….Continue
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What Dryden said was this, "Great wits are oft to madness near allied"; and that is true. It is the pure promptitude of the intellect that is in peril of a breakdown. Also people might remember of what sort of man Dryden was talking. He was not talking of any unworldly visionary like Vaughan or George Herbert. He was talking of a cynical man of the world, a sceptic, a diplomatist, a great practical politician. Such men are indeed to madness near allied. Their incessant calculation of their own brains and other people's brains is a dangerous trade. It is always perilous to the mind to reckon up the mind. A flippant person has asked why we say, "As mad as a hatter." A more flippant person might answer that a hatter is mad because he has to measure the human head. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy