Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Rhodora

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 –1882) was an American philosopher and poet, and the leading exponent of New England TranscendentalismThis was an idealistic system of thought based on faith in the innate goodness of man and nature, whose purity has been corrupted by society and its institutions.Transcendentalists believed that divinity is present and pervades the whole… Read More Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Rhodora

Kissinger and Power

Henry Kissinger ~ born on 27 May 1923 “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” “Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.” “Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.” “Il potere è il massimo afrodisiaco.” “Beate le… Read More Kissinger and Power

Happy Birthday, Professor Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, born in Philadelphia on 7 December 1928, is one of the most prominent linguists of the twentieth century, whose contributions in that field have been fundamental in the development of computer sciences.One of the most cited scholars alive, the “father of modern linguistics” believes that language is innate: we are born equipped with… Read More Happy Birthday, Professor Chomsky

Louise GlĂĽck

Louise GlĂĽck (born in New York City in 1943) has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal“. Here is one of her poems, which has often been likened to a feminist anthem, from the collection “The Triumph of Achilles” (1985). Mock… Read More Louise GlĂĽck

Society

“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” “Nessuna droga, neppure l’alcol, causa i mali fondamentali della societĂ . Se cerchiamo la fonte dei nostri problemi,… Read More Society