February 27th, 2004

Rand and Bacon and what might be?

One more thought on "what might be and ought to be". If you Google that phrase, not much pops up. But the only non-Rand philosophical thing that pops up is this little quote apropos of Francis Bacon:

"Spedding, Bacon's greatest biographer, tells us that: 'In him the gift of seeing in prophetic vision what might be and ought to be, was united with the practical talent of devising means and handling minute details. He could at once imagine, like a poet, and execute like a clerk of the works.'"

Rand was fond of quoting Bacon's dictum that "Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed." Did she somehow come across this phrase of Spedding's and it was catchy and it stuck in the back of her mind where it got all jumbled up with Aristotle's Poetics? Ah, the mysteries!

The Spedding quote may be found at both of these sites:



On the subject of Rand and Bacon, I came across this little bon mot:

"Rand can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and then write 200 pages about it."

The Passion of the Christ

Yes, the Mel Gibson movie. No I have not seen it.

Here is the thing that always bothered me about the story as it was taught to me at Our Lady of Peace grammar school. Jesus, being God, had complete foreknowledge. So he knew, very well, that he was going to be resurrected and glorified in three day's time. So why did he feel forsaken on the cross. Why did he cry out "My Lord, why have you forsaken me?" I thought he knew everything. Well, it's hard to make sense of. It's a "mystery." And the Christian scriptures and theologies are full of mysteries.

Rhyme of the day:

Jesus Christ, upon the cross,
Suffered but was glad at heart,
Knowing it was just his part
To take a temporary loss.