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Handbook for Renaissance Apr 14, 2007
This thought-provoking collection of essays by Jay Trott, writer, composer and philosopher, is recommended reading for anyone comtemplating the American philosophical dilemma of the 21st century. Through careful and passionate analysis of Western Civilizational thought from Plato to Nietzsche and all the 'isms' in-between, Mr. Trott has illuminated the paths, which have delineated our major catastrophic errors in thought over the last century. This he does with a loving gaze, pointing to hopeful remedies as we struggle for a new human-based society to stave off a 21st century nihilism which threatens to engulf us. Jay Trott is a major philosophic thinker defining a brilliant new 'humanism' that nurtures the soul for our challenges ahead. The confusion we all feel in a time of great achievement and promise keeps the human dimension chained to psychic storms with fever dreams of vivid apocalytic scenes of utter annihilation. In this the climax of 'The Age of Anxiety', we must look to our musical genius for inspiration and Jay Trott is articulating this turn once again to universal cultural values through music, as a cornerstone of his vision for new beginnings. Mozart's 'love, love, love' is the answer, but to truly understand, one must give up outmoded ways of thinking and learn to think for one's self; not as a member of the herd in an immoral, materialistic, unfeeling empire. I certainly hope Mr. Trott will continue to provide the 'spice' or 'saltiness' he likes, necessary to invigorate a new age of cultural fulfillment in a series of many books from his pen, that will enlighten the citizens of our great nation and reach out to the suffering humanity across our globe.
Break the spell Mar 26, 2007
Here's a book about breaking the bondage of nihilism in the modern age. Are you someone who finds "modernism" to be less than edifying? Are you looking for a voice of resistance to its coldness and barrenness--the voice you don't seem to be able to find in the mainstream media?
This may be the type of book you're looking for. The author does two things here that are useful. He shows in a very clear and accessible way how we wound up with a cultural identity as dismal as modernism in the first place. And he provides several examples of how to go beyond it.
Try the essay called "Mozart's Muse." It shows how "modern" classical music wound up being so strangely unmusical and snobbish. But it does more than just dissect. It goes further and gives a commonsense example of how to break through the barrier of modernism and go on to something new and more satisfying.
Or if you're weary of the prolonged attack from the intellectualoids on Western culture, try "Why Shakespeare Was Not a Christian." This article shows why it is impossible to understand Shakespeare apart from the faith he embraced and cherished. It also shows that Christianity is not the straw man its critics make it out to be, but in fact is very soulful.
This is a new voice, a different voice, so it may take some doing to get used to it. But you may also find that it's well worth the effort.