A Strength of Mind Almost Divine

Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841), Backdrop for the appearance of the “Königin der Nacht” in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute

Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841), Backdrop for the appearance of the “Königin der Nacht” in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute

The Latin inscription on the base of Isaac Newton’s monument translates as:

Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities in rays of light, and, what no other scholar has previously imagined, the properties of the colours thus produced. Diligent, sagacious and faithful, in his expositions of nature, antiquity and the holy Scriptures, he vindicated by his philosophy the majesty of God mighty and good, and expressed the simplicity of the Gospel in his manners. Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race! He was born on 25 December 1642, and died on 20 March 1726/7.

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  1. This expresses how I feel today! Thank goodness for the American people’s show of decency and character.

    • Well — “89% of Romney supporters were white non-Hispanics, compared with just 56% of Obama supporters”,
      and there was a little rioting at Ole Miss. after the results were known . .
      I just have this great respect for the middle class in the 50s & 60s who actually took into account what OTHER people needed & were actually willing to contribute to the greater good.
      And what I find more exasperating than the selfishness, is the lack of common sense.
      Ever since Reagan – people have been actively, cheerfully, and massively voting against their own interests (viz: health care, clean drinking water & other environmental FUNDAMENTALS OF LIFE, tax cuts for billionaires, and so on). And the Republican “leaders” are already at it again this morning, claiming that raising taxes on the wealthy couldn’t possibly (for some magic reason [in other words, they are both rich & bought by the rich]) have any helpful effect whatsoever on the debt.
      But I’ve been longing to talk about the beautiful Isaac Newton for a long time. And for some reason, I have this itch to engage with the redneck element–like a bunch of my cousins–when it would be wiser not to, and the late 20th century retrograde movement toward stupid, evidence-denying, witch-burning irrationality—when all these brilliant, self-sacrificing, hard-working, rebels stood up for opening the mind to learning MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO so that the human race could move forward–just burns me up.
      But I’m BLISSFULLY grateful that the lying, sanctimonious Romney (and the evil, scheming, hypocrite Rove also)–one way or another–got his ass kicked.
      I love you, my best (& one of very few [most come from a combination of EVERY-where else]) American reader.


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