March 18th, 2008

The Meaning of Life

I've been reading Terry Eagleton's book, The Meaning of Life.  He's a British literary critic, but this little book is directed toward the philosophical question.  Being a literary critic, he does manage to throw in more discussion of "Waiting For Godot" than the average philosopher would.

My friend at The Frugal Chariot has already posted a review, even accompanied by a poem of his own.

Frankly, I found it a maddening book at times - too flip, too hip, too damn reformed-Marxist.  On the other hand, he does stick up for reality and human nature as being something more than mere constructs.  He's on a kind of anti-postmodern rant, in his own way, and he ends up turning to Aristotle's Ethics as a source of fundamental insight as to the meaning of life.

At first I simply found the book annoying.

But after a while,
against my will,
I actually started enjoying it.

Divisive or Incisive? You Decide!

Mickey Kaus reviews the Obama speech, funny and analytical:
Obama gives Archie Bunker a chance to tune out: The speech starts by talking about slavery. Yikes. Why are we talking about slavery? We know about slavery. We want to know why Obama picked his paranoid pastor!
(It's so much easier when you're a Catholic.  The Church just assigns a pastor to your area.  None of this "picking a pastor" business!)

Robert Bidinotto reviews the Obama speech, unamused and analytical:
However, there is also one minority group in America that Obama clearly means to exclude from the Great National Unity. That group consists of businessmen.
(That's because he's so progressive!  People are basically all good - until they join together in corporations.)

So do a google search
before you join that church,
and no matter what you think,
never join an Inc.