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Ross Murdoch Martin: ‘The Peerless Pair’

The Peerless Pair Long ago, they set the mental Parameters of our own time. Each rejected the black thread of Magic, fixed Reason in its place, But thereafter went their own way. For Plato, true Reason was ‘pure’ Like maths, the mind an isolate. His argument champions the Red thread of religion and all Authoritarian regimes. Aristotle’s Reason, marked by Respect for the sensory world, In time begat modernity’s White thread of science; and ever Supported the democratic impulse. Magical, one’s tempted to think Of this amazing conjunction: Two utterly epochal minds Flowering in the one puny Town, in the…

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