Time Outs

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
— Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
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Time Outs

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
— Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

The titled responsion is playfully pointing out that we "punish" our children with these time-outs for reflective contemplation.

From an early age, the timeout is used as a punishment, or a reset trigger for the mind to realign with the expectation of appropriate self-governed behaviour. One minute for every year lived gives a middle-aged man or woman, forty or so minutes to contemplate conduct. From the thousand years after the 5th century AD, these "middle ages" would demand more than sixteen hours of isolation. What would you learn from this timeout?

Blaise Pascal - planksip
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen.
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The Metaphysics of Music

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
— Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

The titled responsion is "The Metaphysics of Music". What follows is subject to revision, do you have any suggestions?

Metaphysicians and conductors unite in harmonic counterpoint. From within the emotional space confined by felt experience, the actualized awareness of your cognition is a feedback loop of narrative forme. The leitmotif for which is often Hellenic mixed with mathematics.

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Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers.
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Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
— Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

The titled responsion is poking fun of the truth-claim that her emergence reveals herself in a directional walk around a body of water.

Truth is universal. Relativism, the idea, "There's no such thing as absolute truth," is looking at the very dangerous effects of relativism in our society and in the church. One of the first things to know about absolute truth, however, is this: true, absolute truth is universal!

Wallace Stevens - planksip
Wallace Stevens was an American modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life in the insurance industry.
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Absolute truth cannot exist apart from a system of interpretation that includes objective moral values, objective religious truth, and objective scientific truth. The word "absolute" comes from Latin and means "unlimited." This means that truth can never change.

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