Paul Johnson on Charles Darwin

Mere Comments directed me to this post by Paul Johnson that presents an appreciative and insightful view of Charles Darwin the man and raises questions about his theory that seem important.

Much rubbish is currently being published about Darwin as a ‘super-scientist’ and ‘transcendental prophet of the humanist triumph’ (two expressions I have noted in the last week, one on the BBC). They do not do the poor man justice, for he was not only a fine scientist but a modest man of rare decency and dignity who would have found his current apotheosis repellent and frightening. If ever a good man needed to be saved from his followers, it is he.

Take a look here.

In general, I recommend anything by Paul Johnson because he understands the narrative nature of history and tells it in a humane way.

the trouble with balance

Balance implies equality and it’s static.

More often, we need integration, which is dynamic.

Integration implies purpose.

Balancing your life is usually good. Integrating it is always good – it’s better. Same with your teaching, reading, planning, cooking, etc.