I just like this, especially since I’m drinking some seriously strong wine:
‘Presumably, though, we had better examine the universal good, and puzzle out what is meant in speaking of it. This sort of inquiry is, to be sure, unwelcome to us, when those who introduced the Forms were friends of ours; still, it presumably seems better, indeed only right, to destroy what is close to us if that is the way to preserve truth. And we must especially do this when we are philosophers; for though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first,’ Nicomachean Ethics I.6.
This is reasonable. More and more I concur with Joyce; in fact, I just ordered a litel boke by one Fran O’Rourke, entitled Allwisest Stagyrite: Joyce’s Quotations from Aristotle, which is a stage on the way to a larger study of Joyce’s relations with Aristotle and St. Thomas. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to drink more wine, and read Pjotr Jaroszynski’s Beauty and Being: Thomistic Perspectives. You may notice that I’m letting my inner Thomist run riot. St. Thomas is good for what ails ya. Later, I’ll reread Czeslaw Milosz’s The Witness of Poetry, which I have read some five times now I should think.