What Makes A Classic?

Classics

Qualities of Classics

Classic describes moments when the human mind peaks in its grasp of the true, the good, and the beautiful. There is no canonical agreement of what makes a classic a classic. However, there do seem to be certain qualities without which the term classic would seem a compliment misapplied:

  • Excellence
    The excellence of a classic is such that it seems to enjoy an inexhaustibility of meaning. The opposite of a classic is a period piece, fad, momentary, or provincial thing with glitzy celebrity.
  • Universality
    Classics melt borders geographically and temporally. Classics are as at home today as they were yesterday – and maybe even more so today as new developments make their insights even more relevant and more obviously true.
  • Shock
    Classics jostle how we see the world. Classics are subverse of petty and sectarian orthodoxies and ideologies. In a classic, the might be triumphs over the grip of the status quo.
  • Hope
    Hope follows like a corollary to excellence, universality, and shock. Hope has universal appeal and opens previously unexpected horizons. Hope enlarges our sense of possibility and invites participation.
  • Fruitfulness
    Classics are fruitful in two ways: they spawn other classics, and over time, more is found in them than was even suspected by the original authors. Classics are perennials that rise to new life with each new opportunity. Millennia later their insights may be vindicated as they could not have been when first created. In the presence of a classic, standards rise and thus critical thought is encouraged.

Christianity Without God
Christianity Without God: Moving beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative

Daniel C. Maguire

How Can We Create Our Future?

Live Each Day With Passion

  • The Past Doesn’t Have A Future, But You Do.
  • Believe In Yourself And In Your Dreams.
  • Make The Most Of Every Day.
  • Action Will Turn Your Dreams Into Success.
  • Look At Life Through The Windshield, Not The Rear-view Mirror.
  • When You Stop Giving, You Stop Living.
  • Live Each Day With Passion, And You’ll Never Have Regrets.

The Past Doesn't Have A Future, But You Do
The Past Doesn’t Have a Future, But You Do: Achieving the Future That’s in Your Hands
Byrd Baggett

When Should We Start Living?

this moment

This Fleeting Moment
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Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.
     Marie Baynon Ray

Miracles Of Life

Authenticity
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American Indian Tradition Speaks of Three Miracles

  1. The first miracle is that anything exists at all.
  2. The second miracle is that living things exist.
  3. The third miracle is that living things exist that know they exist.

As human beings conscious of ourselves, we represent the third miracle.

Who Was Pythagoras?

Pythagoras

Mathematician and Philosopher

Pythagoras (c. 580-500 BC) was an Ionian (Greek) mathematician and philosopher. He was a contemporary of Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Confucius.

Pythagoras is best known for the Pythagorean Theorem, a mathematical theorem which says c2 = a2 + b2. That is, in a right-angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.

……..Pythagorean Theorem

Pythagorean Theorem

Religious and Philosophical Movement

Pythagoras established the Pythagorean Brotherhood at his academy in Crotone, Italy. This was a religious and philosophical movement that influenced Aristotle and Plato, and made an important contribution to the development of western philosophy. Pythagoras and his followers believed that everything was related to mathematics and everything could be predicted and measured in rhythmic patterns or cycles.

The Pythagoreans were vegetarians and believed in the transmigration of souls. They also, rather curiously, believed beans to be special and would not eat them. Pythagoras is said to have been killed by an angry mob when he refused to run through a bean field to escape their pursuit.

Mathematics: How the World Works
How the World Works: Mathematics: From Creating the Pyramids to Exploring Infinity
Anne Rooney

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