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In search of gravitas

Gravitas, the heavy tread of moral earnestness, becomes a bore if it is not accompanied by the light step of intelligence.   (Kenneth Clark, Civilisation, Ch. 4)

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We Are Large. We Contain Multitudes. (And the Mona Lisa.)

Learn things. Create things. Indulge yourself. That way lies joy.

There are lots of recipes and formulas (formulae?) out there for finding joy; those four sentences sum up mine. 747 more words

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Way Children Learn To Love, or Hate, Their Bodies, Minds, and Race

Yes, that’s right.

Racism, as act or structure, thought, feeling or  in instutionalised form, is deliberately cultivated and built and so can be undone. 

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The Center Will Not Hold

In 1969 the world of television hit one of its finest moments when the British art historian, Sir Kenneth Clark, produced a documentary called “Civilization.” He traced the development of western civilization over the last 1500 years, traveling with his camera crew to the places he was discussing and to the museums that house the artifacts of yesteryear. 535 more words