Our Deathless Essays

We have just published a new page in the Resources section of the Orthosphere, intended to provide a synoptic view of the articles we think might be of lasting interest or value. A few months ago, we started categorizing such articles as Essays, and introduced a widget on the main page of the site that listed the twenty most recent essays. The new page is intended to supplement that list, and provide an easy way for readers to see all the essays we have so far categorized as such. It is a simple bullet list of titles, ordered by date of publication.

Now, the real work begins. Only the last few months of writing have been consistently evaluated for their timelessness, and we have been publishing here for more than five years. The contributors have a lot of work to do in categorizing earlier posts as essays.

Please let us know of suggestions that would make the page easier to use.

7 thoughts on “Our Deathless Essays

  1. Pingback: Our Deathless Essays | @the_arv

  2. Dear Kristor,

    Not very related, just thinking about something. Since I discovered Neoreaction I notice the human desire for social status in everything. Like for example when people use the word “higher”, “we need to have higher principles”, or something like that, or “enjoying fine art is a higher pleasure than rocking out”, I instantly think it higher means high status, i.e. something that makes one highly regarded in the eyes of others. It is not a conscious choice, or else it would not be so hard to discover this, to figure this out. More likely it is the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociometer, our self-esteem relates to our social status like how our appetite relates to our nutrition, we need nutrition but what we actually want is to fulfill our appetite and often it does not predict our nutritional needs well and then we get overweight. Similarly people want to feel good about themselves far more than get some more objective rank in society, even though that is the evolutionary purpose of that good feeling.

    Contemporary liberalism looks a lot like depressed, low self-esteem people for whom everything revolves around feeling good about themselves (there is research showing Prius owners openly saying they but it for the statement it makes about themselves), but we certainly have a lot of it in conservative, reactionary circles as well, because it is human nature. Like classical culture, literature, arts, used to be highly regarded, high status, liberals reduced its status, conservatives are invested in them so of course they don’t like that. That is not the only reason for not liking that but surely contributes a lot to the emotional motivation, when you invested into learning about something high and now it is treated lower. Professor Bertonneau, you have a comment about that?

    Anyway the reason I am writing this here as a comment and not on my blog is that I wonder if this ubiquitous social status engine, always going for the higher i.e. the more highly regarded, the more prestigious, is a proof for or against the existence of God?

    I mean, from the skeptical atheist angle, it is a proof against. God’s traditional attributes just scream “ultimate status”. The highest of the high, Pure Highness. Social Status maxed out, He Who Can Only Be Praised, whose criticism, in a properly understood theology, is not simply immoral but almost unintelligible. So easy to think people project their status desires outward, to an ultimate origo, pinnacle and the is their imagination of God.

    But I also think the greatest insight and the greatest mistake could be pretty close to each other. So maybe it is a proof in favor of God’s existence, that the constant human desire for the higher and the higher actually implies the existence of a Highest?

  3. Please let us know of suggestions that would make the page easier to use.

    I would suggest at minimum including the name of the author after each essay. Even better might be simply to categorize the essays by author.

    Even better yet might be to categorize the essays by topic, but that might be a bigger job than it’s worth.

    • Already working on the author bit. Categorizing by … well, by category (that’s the WordPress term for it) is a much more difficult problem.

      Update: WordPress reports that it is impossible to set up this page so that the name of the author appears next to each item. So, we have added an “Authors” widget to the sidebar on the right, that should go some way to addressing the problem.

      • So this page is based on a widget? It may be best to do this manually, then, so you can add some spacing and headers for either authors or topics. It’ll be extra work, as I know from my own blog’s index page, but it’ll make the list more user-friendly.

        Even without that, though, I do appreciate having the page. It’s helpful to have a highlight reel for new readers to get a sense of what the blog’s about, and it’s more convenient to find old posts for long-time followers.

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