The Mad Poet’s Heaven

Perusing Abender’s journal, I’ve gotten to know his style a bit. Usually he muses at length on the meaning of events and includes possible interpretations and scant details. A certain day in August, after Abender and Ollie had been married about 18 months, is different. He fills 4 pages with details, then ends with a…

Tradition vs. Conservatism

Conservatism can be just as radical as liberalism. Conservatism does not necessarily have a criteria for what is being conserved. It picks a plot on the ideological landscape, builds a homestead there, and sets out to defend it. The language of this defense is often borrowed from tradition – may even include the word tradition.…

How Form Arises

Some assume that form is the direct product of intelligence alone. However intelligence cannot interact with natural material in a tyrannical fashion without damage or at best rigidity. Absolute control produces what is lifeless. Intelligence interacting with natural material must do so with utmost respect to the shape, size, makeup, and tendencies – in short,…