Oswald Spengler was neither a religious nor secular historian, a position which in our modern bipolar world would in all probability leave most intellectuals searching for a job or even a room "at the Inn." Yet for thinkers who view culture, politics, AND religion as a "both/and" proposition not an "either/or," history demonstrates a repetitive evolutionary cycle.
Our conversation of this primal drive to know is divided into two parts. The first episode airing this week takes us from our primitive ancestors who lived in trees to Sir Isaac Newton. In Part II, which airs next week, we go from the wisdom of Newton to the most current knowledge we have about our universe.
Regardless of Dominion's eagerness to destroy Jamestown and the historical, educational, cultural, recreational, and economic significance attached to this important place, the Army Corps should require an EIS before making an ultimate decision regarding Dominion's ill-conceived proposal. Think about what's at stake.
The term "Dark Ages" comes from the Latin saeculum obscurum, first used to describe the Medieval Period by Cesare Baronius in 1602. Like most intellectuals of his day, he regarded the Medieval Period -- roughly 500-1500 AD -- as a period of darkness and obscurity, largely due to the (in his day) relative lack of documentary sources from which a historian could work.
Walking among 2,000-year old sequoias in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, I felt their powerful energy and gave thanks that these last remaining giants were protected by the Buffalo Soldiers from the effects of logging and ranching at the turn of the 20th century. What a loss their demise would have been!