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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ten non-commandments

There's nothing on today's quiz about Grayling's Good Book, but I don't want to just drop it unceremoniously from our radars on the last regular class day either.

Some parts of GB were more compelling than others, we seem to have agreed, but I'll bet we'd have found more to love if we'd been more focused on it. The syllabus was too ambitious. Live and learn.

Anyway, I love the closing ten non-"commandments" in The Good, ch.8.11.
Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous.
And a crucial amendment at 8.12. This above all, Mr. Shakespeare?
-let us always be true to ourselves and to the best in things, so that we can always be true to one another.
Never mind, for now, what Freud would say. This is good stuff.

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