Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The marks of a barbarian

Well, there have been a lot of sightings of our Modern Wise Men. We just recently sighted Joseph Epstein. Anthony Esolen is a much more prolific presence on the web, thanks to his participation in the very excellent Mere Comments blog of Touchstone Magazine. Esolen has an excellent series of posts at Mere Comments called, "How to Tell a Barbarian." There are three parts already posted, and I don't know how many are planned, but there are Esolen's criteria for a barbarian:
  • The inability to appreciate the beautiful, the noble, or the grand.
  • The habitual relapse into easy gratification; the inability to sustain for long a noble and self-transcending quest.
  • The failure to live as a free man with duties and responsibilities in a community
Check it out.

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