Monday, September 18, 2006

Taking the First

Today is Monday, 18 September 2006.

When HH entered college in 1970, part of the regimen he immediately established was to spend 4 hours every day in the Library. Two hours were devoted to research for classes, an hour devoted to study of some subject of which he knew too little but considered valuable, and an hour to studying the latest available issue of The New York Times. (In those days, it came to campus by mail.) He has read it daily ever since.

On this date in 1851, was published the first issue of The New-York Daily Times, which later became The New York Times.

For all its faults and shortcomings, HH considers that one can hardly function as an ethical and political actor at the highest pitch without daily reading The Times.

The sheer mass of information, detail, and perspective in The Times, combined with wide reading in journals and books, all judiciously weighed and evaluated, one against another, and combined with experience of life (one’s own and those of others), and rigorous application of logic and critical theory, produces for one over the years, HH believes, a reasonably accurate portrait of life as it is.

HH will give up the free press, when they pry his cold, dead fingers from the newsprint.

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