Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charles de Peguy on Mysticism and Politics: a summary

Leave it to First Things magazine to bring up a topic intriguing to your humble blogger that begs sharing. This time, it was one of the subject options for their most recent essay contest. It was a quote from Charles Peguy

Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics

Firstly, who is Charles Peguy? He was French essayist and poet who lived during the late 19th and early 20th Century.  A great background on him can be found here. The linked article also makes a well argued case for why he matters. As for the aforementioned quote, it will be argued here that it is an example of how he, as Robert Royal contends, '...tried to bring simple truths to bear on the whole modern world".

Peguy's famous quote comes from his essay Memories of Youth, which is available in a larger volume of his work appropriately titled Temporal and Eternal. In the work, he addresses his concept of "la mystique", or mysticism, and "politique", or policy.  The two are illustrated as linking the transcendent and earthly. What's more, they are discussed in the context of the fundamental issues affecting modern life-religion and politics, tradition and liberty.

Mysticism according to Peguy, is a reality beyond the temporal. Notably, he uses the term in the same context where he mentions being, soul,  principles and ideals. Alexander Dru, in his introduction for Temporal and Eternal, describes it as "an 'operation' which links the eternal and temporal spheres, a movement which is the sole guarantee of freedom".  Flowing from this "operation", Peguy continues, is action. That action is politics.

Here, politics is illustrated as a taking "of one's ticket on departure in a party, in a faction...never to bother where the train is rolling to".  The "mystique" is "devoured" and "degraded". It becomes a debate over which policy should prevail. In a brief saying, the process is summed up.

Charles Peguy made his notable observation at the dawn of modern society.  At a time where the essence of things were coming into question, he saw non-temporal realities at the heart of that essence turn into political action. In many cases, such actions were of a nature not conducive to liberty. The years following that time, up to the present day, have seen many and universally known scenarios which have confirmed Peguy to be ahead of his time.

Sources

Peguy, Charles. Temporal and Eternal. 2001, Liberty Fund

Royal, Robert. The Mystery of the Passion of Charles Peguy. Crisis, December 1, 1996

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Wish for the New Year

May peace,  joy and prosperity
and sure steps
on bright roads
paved with clarity
be yours
as a New Year
opens it's door.

Regards,
MsRanaDee

Monday, November 28, 2016

About being enough

A recent conversation had your humble blogger  thinking about the popular affirmation of the past few years that "You are enough ". My thoughts in light of the aforementioned  colloquy begged for an alternative perspective from the phrase's current usage. The fact is, we aren't almighty.  As long as we're breathing air, there will be some life area in need of improvement. EWTN's Doug Keck pithily pointed this in a a comment he made recently on a radio show that "Life doesn't grade on a curve" What's more, there will be a time,  as the song goes, where we're "going to need somebody (or something) to lean on". It seems like it would behoove us to keep that in mind when making such an affirmation.

What say you readers?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Some Recent Words


Word on the curb is today is National Poetry Day. Here's a little recent something something from your humble blogger to join in the action. 


The Next Year 

Why does it seem that 
for every year that goes by
Time has wings 
like a hummingbird? 
It makes one wonder 
if it is a lesson 
from  Above 
offered lovingly each moment 
as a gift 
with a HANDLE WITH CARE label
As mortal chronology 
moves with swift 









Some Recent Words


Word on the curb is today is National Poetry Day. Here's a little recent something something from your humble blogger to join in the action. 


The Next Year 

Why does it seem that 
for every year that goes by
Time has wings 
like a hummingbird? 
It makes one wonder 
if it is a lesson 
from  Above 
offered lovingly each moment 
as a gift 
with a HANDLE WITH CARE label
As mortal chronology 
moves with swift 









Saturday, August 27, 2016

On Standing Out and Serendipitous Quotes

This past week has seen  more than a few quotes worth pondering on come in your humble blogger's way. One, which came up in a recent conversation, seemed especially worth sharing:

Don't bank your grand on not being typical. You may end up getting stuck.

The striking thing when hearing it was it's  (no pun intended ) seemingly countercultural bent.  In light of "standing out" appearing to  be a  thing in our current culture,  suggesting otherwise would  sound downright unthinkable.  On the other hand,  it may be something to think about. Could "joining the crowd", in certain instances,  be a beneficial and "out of the box" thing to do?