Wisdom on Wednesdays—The pangs of birth

Robert, oil on board, c. 1945, 12 x 10 in.
Robert Schmitt, Carl Schmitt’s, oldest son, died July 29 at the age of 98.

“All nature seems to exist in order to prepare for birth;
The pangs of which are death.”  (1956)


Wisdom on Wednesdays—The Revolt against Nature

More from Carl Schmitt’s essay “Room (with Bath) at the Inn” (1941):

“One might call our present mess ‘the Revolt against Nature’: the insult to everything human.  When a human revolts against his humanity, the person against personality, he of course revolts against God.  The point is, however, that the revolt is dishonest.  We can be saved even if we spit in the face of the Deity.  We do nothing as honest or positive as that.  We prefer the sterile and hopeless course of waiting until we have money enough to worship God properly before worshiping him at all.”


Madonna and Child, print, 4 x 5 in.