TS Eliot Knew: Lots of Information Without Enough Knowledge

From 1920 (pre-internet): The vast accumulations of knowledge—or at least of information—deposited by the nineteenth century have been responsible for an equally vast ignorance. When there is so much to be known, when there are so many fields of knowledge in which the same words are used with different meanings, when everyone knows a little […]

Leviathan: “… if they refuse to hear proof, refuse to do justice.”

For all judges, sovereign and subordinate, if they refuse to hear proof, refuse to do justice: for though the sentence be just, yet the Judges that condemn without hearing the proofs offered are unjust judges and their presumption is but prejudice…In like manner, in ordinary trials of right, twelve men of the common people are […]

“Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty”

This Keats quote made me think of something I posted a year ago. Lawyers’ war stories typically revolve around raucous and sometimes hilarious exaggerations (or not) of tumult and upset: epic fits and crying jags … confusion or hysterical screaming, crying, or babbling … horrifying threats and recriminations. All the better when those are punctuated […]

Days of Graduation

Friday morning, I was sitting in Pauley Pavilion at UCLA surrounded by thousands of parents for a graduation ceremony (the first of three that day). I’d forgotten how essential these rituals can be. The floor of the stadium was filled with students from the various schools and disciplines who – during their years in college […]