Deformed animals take beautiful forms in the heavens. Metals
which lack luster shine when in their own planets. For neither man, nor
animals, nor metals, exist here as they there exist. For whatever happens here,
occurs there with greater vigor. The virtues, which separate and multiply in
matter, there combine and unify. Clearly, as the Platonists say: ideas are not
the only part of living life and developing reason; illumination, lifebringing
and unification, conforming to superior agencies; these are the reasons by
which one develops intelligence and memory of the forms.
For shadows, there is no time save this time, no
space save this space, no motion save this motion. It is abstracted from all
truth, yet is not without it. But, it’s also not impossible to think (if this
is an ideal shadow) that the opposite, or something else is also true, since it
is all one. With shadows, there is no opposite, neither darkness nor light. So man
took refuge in the Tree of Knowledge, and knew shadow and light, truth and
falsehood, good and evil, when God called out to him: “Adam, where are you?”
Take a look at this photograph of a group of naval cadets on the front porch of the superintendant's residence. It's a fine day, sometime around 1900, probably in the spring. Meaningful glances are passing among several of the young people on the porch, suggesting a lot of stories in their future.
But from our standpoint, all of the stories are done. All of the people in this photo went about their lives, fell in love, fought, grew old, died. A lot of art is like that, but very little of it states this fact so clearly.
There's a heated debate going on over the future of higher education. Will the Next Big Thing be MOOCs/online classes? Over on The Awl, Clay Shirky responded today to Maria Bustillos's earlier article, which was critical of the MOOC model, and which followed Aaron Bady's earlier Inside Higher Ed post on the disruption of higher education's ecosystem by the online hordes.