By James Grant
Bernard Baruch used to be a self-made millionaire, mythical inventory dealer, and enterprise investor. for many of the 1st half the twentieth century, he epitomized the "good side" of Wall highway within the public brain. Celebrated as "Adviser to Presidents" and "The Park Bench Statesman," he additionally grew to become referred to as "The guy Who bought out ahead of the Crash." James Grant's a lot praised biography attracts on a wealth of formerly untapped fabric.
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23 Paradoxically, this lack of distinction and differentiation makes the language of the celestial sphere so unknowable. It signifies in a single and absolute moment, while humanity moves through time using a language built from oppositions and partial meanings. This characteristic of Divine language still animates the manifestations of reason in a fallen world. In his De musica libri sex, Augustine links the shape of the universe to this harmony of reason: From there come all times which are formed [fabricantur], ordered, and regulated [modificantur], like an imitation of eternity, as the revolution of the sky returns to the same point and brings back to the same point the celestial bodies, obeying, by means of days, months, years, and lights, and other astral movements, the laws of equivalence, unity and order.
The Maenad gazes on the landscape with a feeling of both rapture and fulfillment, best described as a fascinens ad tremendum. However, in such an evocation, the Maenad remains an external object. To this extent, the feeling of the sublime produced by a work is like the gaze of the Maenad. But we must extend this analogy to further understand the problem of the natural sublime. In fact, our consideration of the Maenad as a figure between the human and the divine illuminates the key role of the sublime in the scientific imagination.
For Dante, worldly phenomena evoke the sublime feeling of awe. “Maravigliose cose” provoke this bewilderment of the mind. Even miracles are expressions of divinity through natural phenomena. The sublime effectively paralyzes the finite organism before the recognition of infinity. Boitani recognizes divinity as the key factor distinguishing Dante’s evocation of the sublime from that employed by eighteenth century writers. Still, the contemplation of the infinite and the recognition, for the medieval mind, that the sublime is a feeling of spiritual reverence, does not invalidate such an experience as a confrontation with the sublime.
Bernard Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend by James Grant