The Awful Humanity of Russell Kirk – The Imaginative Conservative

I’m quite taken with a line that C.S. Lewis puts in the mouth of his doomed character, William “Bill the Blizzard” Hingist, in his 1943 novel, That Hideous Strength.  When comparing the physical sciences to the social sciences, Hingist, a world famous physicist states: “I happen to believe that you can’t study men; you can only get to know them, which is quite a different thing.”

via The Awful Humanity of Russell Kirk – The Imaginative Conservative.


Anatomy of a Murder-Suicide –

Nothing we could have learned from Columbine would have allowed us to prevent Newtown. We have to acknowledge that the human brain is capable of producing horror, and that knowing everything about the perpetrator, his family, his social experience and the world he inhabits does not answer the question “why” in any way that will resolve the problem. At best, these events help generate good policy.

via Anatomy of a Murder-Suicide –