Philosophy, Academey, and Plato (428.05.21 around about)

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PLATO ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/21:  Founder of the institute of higher learning, The Academy, a writer on politics, metaphysics, and epistemology, the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato was born around about, according to some historical calculations, on this date in the year 428.  The philosophy of our show will be musicology as we celebrate Plato’s scholarship on Crosscurrents, 5/21 at 8 am.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” ― Plato

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ― Plato

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”― Plato

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” ― Plato, The Republic

Love is a serious mental disease.” ― Plato, Phaedrus

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ― Plato, The Republic

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” ― Plato

“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ― Plato

“good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws” ― Plato

“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.” ― Plato

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.” ― Plato

“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” ― Plato, The Republic

“There is truth in wine and children” ― Plato, Symposium / Phaedrus

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.

Those who tell the stories rule society.” ― Plato

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. ” ― Plato

“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings” ― Plato

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” ― Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ― Plato

“Whe men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.” ― Plato

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” ― Plato

“You should not honor men more than truth.” ― Plato

The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ― Plato, The Republic

“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”

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“Necessity is the mother of invention.” ― Plato

“A house that has a library in it has a soul.” ― Plato

“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.” ― Plato

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” ― Plato

Hamlet, Macbeth, and William Shakespeare (1564.04.23-ish)

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A poet and playwright whose drama and comedy works are among the most well known in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on this date in 1564.  His birthday on the 23rd is estimated (ish) based on his church baptism was documented on the 26th.  You are invited to the Shakespeare birthday to be held (not at the Globe Theatre) but rather at the KRNN Crosscurrents show 4/23 at 8 am.  ( http://www.krnn.org )

A Sample of William Shakespeare “Big Hit” One-Liners:

HAMLET ~~~

“To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – (Act III, Scene I).

AS YOU LIKE IT ~~~

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – (Act V, Scene I)

“All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts” – (Act II, Scene VII).

RICHARD III ~~~

“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”. – (Act V, Scene IV).

ROMEO AND JULIET ~~~

“For you and I are past our dancing days” . – (Act I, Scene V).

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ~~~

“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see”

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR ~~~

“As good luck would have it”. – (Act III, Scene V).

JULIES CAESAR ~~~

Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war”. – (Act III, Scene I)

MACBETH ~~~

“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”. – (Act I, Scene III)

KING LEAR ~~~

“Nothing will come of nothing.” – (Act I, Scene I).

“I am a man more sinned against than sinning”. – (Act III, Scene II).

 

Comedian, Silent Film and Charlie Chaplin (1889.04.16)

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The British comedian, writer, and director who was unforgettable for his clever portrayal of man’s tragic-comic struggles with fate, Charlie Chaplin was born on this date in 1889.  The birthday of Charlie Chaplin is a chance to celebrate his work’s joyful inspiration on Crosscurrents, 4/16 at 8 am.  http://www.krnn.org

THE KID 1921
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
     Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him. Chaplin directed, produced and starred in the film, as well as composed the score.
MODERN TIMES 1936
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
     This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.
CITY LIGHTS 1931
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.
     A hapless but resilient tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) on the tough city streets. Upon learning that she and her grandmother are to be evicted from their home, the tramp undertakes a series of attempts to provide them with the money they need, all of which end in humiliating failure. But after a drunken millionaire (Harry Myers) lavishly rewards him for saving his life, the tramp can change the flower girl’s life forever.
THE GOLD RUSH 1925
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.
     In this classic silent comedy, the Little Tramp (Charles Chaplin) heads north to join in the Klondike gold rush. Trapped in a small cabin by a blizzard, the Tramp is forced to share close quarters with a successful prospector (Mack Swain) and a fugitive (Tom Murray). Eventually able to leave the cabin, he falls for a lovely barmaid (Georgia Hale), trying valiantly to win her affections. When the prospector needs help locating his claim, it appears the Tramp’s fortunes may change.
THE IMMIGRANT 1917
Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.
     The Immigrant was selected for preservation by the Library of Congressas being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.[1]
A DOGS LIFE 1917
The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.
     Charlie rescues a stray from other dogs, and together they meet Edna after finding a wallet full of cash.
THE CIRCUS 1928
The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.
     Wrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion’s cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.

 

Poetry, Poems, and Robert Frost (1874.03.26)

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A four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, who was known unofficial as America’s poet laureate, Robert Frost was born on this day in 1874.  There will be a small bit of poetry and a whole lot of music for the Robert Frost birthday to which you are invited along the radio show less traveled on Crosscurrents, 3/26 at 8 am.      ROBERT FROST ON CROSSCURRENTS, 3/26.  ( Radio Link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Judges, Courts, and Chief Justice – Earl Warren (1891.03.19)

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A champion of the Constitution whose tenure as Chief Justice oversaw landmark decisions protecting individual rights and equality, Earl Warren was born on this date in 1891. Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the honorable radio, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for a musical-law-review birthday party for Justice Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19 at 8 am.

Chief Justice Earl Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19:  radio link:  http://www.krnn.org