Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.
T. S. Eliot
Four Quartets
Briunt Norton

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mortimer Adler and Brian Lamb Discuss Books and Ideas

I love the ease with which he says, "I don't know the answer."




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  2. It's interesting to listen to Adler, especially his responses to the three proofs to determine the validity of a religion that one caller mentioned, and the purpose of religion ("Who are we supposed to follow then?") that another asked about.

    It is interesting to me that so many people seem to be looking for something to follow rather than something to teach them. They're such different concepts.