Raison d’etre

Welcome to my blog.  This is where I will write about anything that crosses my mind.  Some of it will be good, and I beg your forgiveness for the rest of it.  The focus of this blog has become less political over time, and this is a happy development, as far as I’m concerned.  In those entries that are political, no personal attacks are to be inferred from principled discussions.

The title is something of an ironical tribute to Richard M. Weaver, whose fascinating book Ideas Have Consequences had a major influence on me at a certain stage in my thought some years ago. In this work, Weaver contends that we have lost sight of the grounding philosophical or religious ideas which guide our reason. This lack of awareness of our central ideas sends us to the “periphery” as he calls it, where, instead of being guided by our first principles, we obsess on facts and other secondary minutiae. This leads to over-specialization (as part of the division of labor…though I find the division of labor to be a good thing, on the whole) and a whole host of other things in a phenomenon that he calls Fragmentation and Obsession. I could not help, being a right-brained musician with very little skill in the “practical” world, but feel a bit indicted by Weaver’s compelling testimony, hence the title of this blog. In truth, in due time I hope this blog will show itself to be neither fragmented nor obsessive.

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