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I returned from a weekend trip to Rockford, Illinois (the “Home of the Sock Monkey”), yesterday.  Thanks for all of your contributions to the discussion about Greek and Hebrew.  My presentation on Friday was to the point and elicited some good discussion.  I’m back at work today.


Taking note of the ordinary plastic coffee stirrer, Patrick Deneen writes about our disposable society:

From the epics of Homer or the story of Gilgamesh to the pyramids of Egypt to the Icelandic sagas to the humble gravestones found in ancient churchyards, humans have sought some form of permanence in a world that inevitably all but erases the presence of each generation from the distant future. Yet, when sometimes we imagine the sentient beings that may settle on the layers of earth that will someday cover our surface – or the visitors from some other planet who will arrive here after life as we know it has ceased – and imagine that what they will discover, we picture their unearthing of a civilization that wrapped the earth in a layer of plastic. The things we throw out most readily – without thought or hesitation – will be the very things that will prove to be the most lasting substance known to any civilization of human being. How is it that we came to dispose so readily of something so permanent, when so many generations that preceded us worked so mightily to preserve even those things that are fleeting?

Enjoy your Tuesday.


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