• Writing

    Reflections On The Downward Spiral Of Modern Society

    In 1961, Arnold J. Toynbee (April 14, 1889 – October 22, 1975) wrote A Study Of History, in which he theorized that civilizations pass through a series of stages: genesis, growth, time of troubles, universal state, and disintegration.  Carroll Quigley (November 9, 1910 – January 3, 1977) would later expand upon Toynbees’ theory with his The Evolution Of Civilizations. Quigley theorized that human culture produces patterns of beliefs, actions, and thought, that are passed on through tradition.  The 6 divisions of human potentialities are military, political, economic, social, religious, and intellectual.  The book, which was written in 1961, predicts that modern society is on the verge of universal empire, which…

  • Robert Shields

    Robert Shields, Obsessive Diarist

    In an earlier post, I wrote about Herman Melville, who wrote a letter to his friend, wishing that he had a paper mill in his house so that his letter could literally be never ending.  Robert Shields could very well have benefited from such an arrangement, when at the time of his death, he had chronicled the details of his life in five minute intervals from 1972 to 1997. “Reverend Robert Shields (May 17, 1918 – October 15, 2007) was a former Minister and high school English teacher who lived in Dayton, Washington, USA, who, after his death, left behind a diary of 37.5 million words chronicling every five minutes…

  • Writing

    Do Good Work

    Today I learned that it is time for me to start doing good and/or great work, and less mediocre and/or average or bad work. As a child I grew up listening to Garrison Keillor and his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, in which his signature closing line during the story-telling segment is, “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.” In all the many years I have listened to the show, I never really gave those famous words any real significance, until now.  Today I did some introspection and sorted through much of what I have created over the past decade. What I have noticed is that although…