A foreflounderer refers to a physically, intellectually, or spiritually abortive predecessor.
Renan would be an example of this, for instance. Richard Dawkins might be another, but only time will tell. 406 more words
My deepest prayer is that you will know and give unconditional love. Of all people, Dr. Seuss said “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Child author but an adult insight. 116 more words
Verse also had a function in oracles—the Greeks claimed that the hexameter was invented at Delphi—because here, too, rhythm was supposed to effect a compulsion. Asking for a prophecy meant originally (according to the etymology of the word that seems most probably to me) to get something determined: one thought that once could compel the future by gaining the favor of Apollo, who was originally taken to be much more than a prescient god. 41 more words
This will to mere appearance, to simplification, to masks, to cloaks, in short, to the surface—for every surface is a cloak—is countered by that sublime inclination of the seeker after knowledge who insists on profundity, multiplicity, and thoroughness, with a will which is a kind of cruelty of the intellectual conscience and taste. 82 more words