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EqualRights2EqualRights5One of the participants/advocates for equal rights to bare one’s chest, at the “Go Topless” Pride Parade, told LE she graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan,

At issue are the rights of topless women to work in Times Square, posing for pictures and tips, often times with young boys.

It seems that the institutions of higher learning in America are misleading and deforming their students regarding “the question of the relationship between the person and society, and the rights of the human person.” Jacques Maritain, The Rights of Man and Natural Law (Gordian, 1943)

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States declares that no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of the law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Today in New York, people (especially children) are being denied equal protection from predators who are claiming equal rights.

Let us not say that the aim of society is the individual good or the mere aggregate of the individual goods of each of the persons who constitute it. Such a formula would dissolve society as such for the benefit of its parts, and would lead to an “anarchy of atoms.” Maritain

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StreetArt2015fFrom a playground in Jackson Heights, NY, July 4, 2015.

Pride2015dPride2015cPride2015Pride2015fThe triumph of the will in the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is not the same as the triumph of truth and love.

The decision of a few on the Bench to go along with the wishes of an infantile mob, rather than rational principles based on truth, adds a new dimension to American barbarism.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

King2014iConfederateFlagRebelThe American narrative: ‘a New World created by rebels’ — escaping the kings of the Old World — who make themselves sovereign, is resulting is a nation of ‘kings’ seeking to dominate others (see Obama positioning American tanks in Eastern Europe).

Ironically, those who make themselves sovereign — with ‘no fear, no boundaries, & no limits’ — are the new slaves (of the evil one).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

TimesSquare-Stripper“I saw people smothered in filth, that out of human privies seemed to flow.” Dante, Inferno, Canto XVIII

Dante reports from the Eighth Circle of Hell, where he found seducers, fraudsters and flatterers (including corrupt politicians).

It’s been reported that the intellectual development of young people in NYC is being thwarted by air pollution. That should include the pollution from misguided notions of freedom, interests, rights and equality—unhinged from truth and the common good—emanating from ‘adults’, in New York’s ruling class, who see fit to enable strippers to prey on young people and unsuspecting families in Times Square.

Authentic freedom is actualized in the sincere gift of self, not the assertion of self.

HelpHelp2In her recent commencement address to the Tuskegee University Class of 2015, Michelle Obama said that one of the “indignities” that she and her husband had to endure was “people at formal events who assumed that we were the help.”

What’s wrong with being the “help”? Aren’t we all called to be “the help,” for each other, in various ways?

While invoking God several times in her remarks, Mrs. Obama failed to mention the timeless truth: “Whoever is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:11

Divine wisdom says that to be royal we need to serve others, but to serve others we need to be royal (spiritually mature).

AIPAD2015lAIPAD2015s“Some company recently was interested in buying my “aura.” They didn’t want my product. They kept saying, “We want your aura.” I never figured out what they wanted. But they were willing to pay a lot for it. So then I thought that if somebody was willing to pay that much for my it, I should try to figure out what it is.” Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (Harvest,1975)

The scene inside and outside the Park Avenue Armory and AIPAD today.

New York street photographer Louis Mendes in action (bottom photo).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

NYAntiquarianBookFair2015aThe 55th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair runs through April 12, 2015 at the Park Avenue Armory.

“He felt so uneasy, deep inside his stomach, that he could not think about it anymore. He wished he hadn’t done it. He wished he could get back and not do anything of the kind.” James Agee, Death in the Family, (McDowell, Obolensky New York, 1957)

While walking the show one couldn’t help but wonder about the billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars spent over the years in the U.S. on education and ‘intelligence’—supposedly to enlighten people, only to have many opt for untruthfulness.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

CGI2013Livni“Our habits of thought forbid our entry into the most habitable regions in which we are most truly at home and ourselves.” Gabriel Marcel

Hopefully a Herzog/Livni victory will help Jews of Israel become their best self. But for that to really happen they need “a movement of return, a return to the body and broken moorings—created by withdrawal and self-origination”—then through participation, not self-affirmation, will they find true peace and fulfillment.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

 

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