Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter, in its modern form on the left, is a day on which people who hew to pre-19th-century concepts of math, science, and reason trash people of faith for (among other sins) not being as enlightened as they are. What if there's truth to that charge? What if, in fact, I'm even less enlightened than people whose concept of "science" was becoming old hat even as Jefferson was taking office? Yikes.
Science, reason, and all the other nouns on which the "reality-based" community "bases" its views, have long since revealed themselves to be methods first, and philosophies second, if at all. There was a time when science and/or reason might have described a mindset or served as a basis on which to say "no" to superstition and "yes" to the truths about nature, but that was more like 1742 than 2014. Here's to 2014--Easter 2014, to be precise.
This is me, playing my Casio WK-3800. The superb piano and church organ sounds are Casio's; the nimble fingers belong to me. The tune dates back to 1708, a year in which "basing" things on logic, science, and reason might have made sense as a philosophical option. Then came the 19th century.
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (tune, 1708)
Lee, on the Casio WK-3800.