No, just as no astronomer will be shunned for using non-Copernican terms like "sunrise" and "sunset"... one imagines a smallminded character stomping out of a theatre when that song begins in "The Fiddler on the Roof"! No, it is not a heresy, even for astronomers, to celebrate the dog days, and perhaps you are feeling thirsty - if you are, then this posting is for you, to be read along with your favourite lager, ale, or stout.
Besides - it's Saturday, our "half-holiday" when we get to enjoy the writings of our masters even while we study them. Isn't it time for a nice cold beer? You may be surprised to know that Father Jaki appreciated beer, as do I. In an essay in A Late Awakening Father quoted the exceedingly famous Chesterton dictum which ought to be on every beer mug and wine glass of our Society:
...we should thank God for beer and Burgundy by not drinking too much of them.I do not think SLJ quoted the parallel commentary where GKC examines, with a most Jaki-esque style, what we might call The Purpose Of It All:
[GKC Orthodoxy CW1:268]
It is quite a mistake to suppose that, when a man desires an alcoholic drink, he necessarily desires alcohol. Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented. The fact that beer has a very slight stimulating quality will be quite among the smallest reasons that induce him to ask for it. In short, he will not be in the least desiring alcohol; he will be desiring beer.No doubt you are wondering how Planck and Einstein figure into the equation.
[GKC ILN Apr 20 1907 CW27:444]
Well, Plank, Einstein, Jaki, and Chesterton walk into a pub, and... oh, oops, sorry. Wrong notebook. (Wow, wouldn't that be a great joke? Once we have our Society journal, we'll have a contest for the best conclusion to that joke, or any close approximation. Gotta get Plank's constant in there somehow. But let's leave it for today.)
Actually , Father Jaki doesn't mention Chesterton in today's selection, but he does mention beer together with Planck and Einstein, and before you die of thirst, perhaps I ought to give it to you:
Of course, it was not the word "quantum" that Planck had to defend, a word that long before 1900 had become part of everyday German. Soldiers called quantum their daily ration of food. Schiller spoke of people who insisted on having their daily "quantum of stuff," that is, "quantum of beer." This did not invalidate the fact that there was something like half a loaf and an amount of beer that did not fill a mug. What Planck had to defend was the idea that the quantum of energy did not allow such a parceling. Years later Einstein facetiously expressed the energy quantum with a reference to a guzzler who insisted on having beer only by the pint. Numbers, or data of observation that lead Planck to the right formula, eventually imposed on him the view that there was something indivisible in the radiation coming out of black bodies or cavities.
[SLJ "Numbers Decide or Planck's Constant and Some Constants of Philosophy" in Numbers Decide and Other Essays 14]