Saturday, October 27, 2012

Delectatio morosa vs Schadenfreude

I have always like Santayana's writing. He has a bit of the Mediterranean's love of flourish as well as the New Englander's economy, especially when biting.
The mass of mankind is divided into two classes: the Sancho Panzas, who have a sense for reality but no ideals, and the Don Quixotes, with a sense for ideals, but mad.

In Interpretations of Poetry and Religion (1924) lie his wonderful insights about liberalism in faith, as well as this little gem comparing the broad and ancient Greco-Roman faith of Catholicism with the Teutonic upstart of self-interpreting Bible-obsessed Protestantism:

Ba dump bump ching!

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