29 August 2008

This Week In History

This week is the anniversary of the Battle of Manzikert (August 26th, 1071), a defeat which was the beginning of the end of the Byzantine empire. More here.

26 August 2008

Today's Quote

"...the jump from the realm of necessity into the realm of freedom will be the inglorious death of the very possibility of human excellence." -- Leo Strauss

As I'm not inclined to think that necessity (in one form or another) will ever be erased from the human condition I do not think that such a "realm of freedom" will ever come to pass.