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Taoism, Europe in 486, Mo-Fo, Russell Kirk

Taoism, Europe in 486, Mo-Fo, Russell Kirk

Taoism: The laid back outlook of Lao-Tse and Chuang-Tzu. Lisieux-like. A very short introduction.

Bogus Historical Atlas: A run-down of a bogus map of Europe circa 486. I wish I could find my copy of that book. It might have been a Rand McNally historical atlas. No matter. None of those “kingdoms” considered themselves kingdoms in 486. Burgundy, Franks, Visigoths: They were all controlled by barbarian generals who considered themselves part of the Roman Empire.

Lightning Segments: Henri Pirenne (introductory lecture), a lost weekend, funny old man stories. (Note: I reference Charles Jackson’s Lost Weekend. but I referred to Charles “Bukowski” by accident. Bukowski was a great drinker, so my mistake is understandable, but a mistake nonetheless.)

The F-Word: Okay to use? No. Part of our culture? Yes. So it will sneak into otherwise polite, even urbane, conversation.

Russell Kirk: I talked with the great man once. I spent a weekend at his house once. I recount the incidents in this segment.

Books mentioned:

Charles Jackson, The Lost Weekend

Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things

Russell Kirk, The Sword of Imagination

Russell Kirk, Lord of the Hollow Dark

C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Eric Voegelin, Order and History

The Year 650, Thanksgiving, and the Playful Tao

The Year 650, Thanksgiving, and the Playful Tao

Halloween, Short History of Early Zen, the Fall of the Empire and BLM, Riggenbach

Halloween, Short History of Early Zen, the Fall of the Empire and BLM, Riggenbach