How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin?



For as long as I can remember . . . I pondered the Past in Correlation to the Future, and long before I was even remotely aware of what was going through my mind, it always bothered me, how Humankind could repeatedly REPEAT History in one-way or another, seemingly never to learn.

When I was in University, I needed several optional Courses to get my Degree (which I never finished). I finished the courses, but I didn’t finish University, since I saw no merit in getting a Bachelor’s Degree in anything, which in the Real World wouldn’t amount to a Hill of Beans for me to earn a living. But I digress.

One of the courses I took, which was in my opinion . . . was going to be a Slam Dunk, was PHILOSOPHY 101 . . . the study of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Descartes . . . ETC – some of whom, like the Great Greek Philosophers, who went back hundreds of years before the Birth of Christ, were to my mind, a useless waste of my time to study, but a necessary undertaking if I was going to Score an easy Credit.


I READ ALL THE COURSE-BOOKS . . . written by the great Philosophers, which were Interpreted, Debated and Argued by the World of Academic Professors of Philosophy – WHICH BORED ME TO TEARS.

TO ME . . . The Philosophic Writings of the Authors from the era of Pre-Christ, to the modern day era of Philosophers like Bertrand Russell, were more or less like reading the Rants of People going through an LSD Trip, constantly arguing the Meaning of Life and Existence. Arguing PRO One Minute . . . and CON the Next, enough to boggle one’s mind and turn someone onto Drugs.

IN SHORT . . . I hated Philosophy 101, and completed the course with ZERO Passion and even LESS Zeal.

All I wanted was the Credit. And when it came time to write the exam, which in its own way was as CONVOLUTED as were the Opinions and Writings of the Philosophers . . . I surprised myself.

To know what we learned about Philosophy, the Exam Question was designed to Determine how we understood the Thought Process of the Philosophers we studied, which lead me to RESPOND with an answer as Convoluted as the Subject Matter was in itself.


I ACED THE TEST . . . and if memory serves me well, since this was almost 50-Years Ago (and I believe that it does), I was given a Perfect Score in Philosophy 101, which at the time was meaningless to me. And pretty much still is, but what I learned, actually, in a reverse way, helped me to form the opinions I hold today.

LET ME GO BACK SOME 50-YEARS . . . When I went to the Yeshiva (Rabbinical College) in Montreal. Amongst many other things, which I studied, was the Talmud, which is a Collection of Thoughts and Musings Debated through Millennia on the Meaning of Jewish Laws and Jewish Morality.

In my younger years, I never gave it any thought about what the Talmud really was . . . which was a vast collection of Philosophies Written by Thousands of Rabbis, going as far back as before the Birth of Christ, which were and still are Vigorously Debated and Argued amongst LAY-PEOPLE & TALMUDISTS, all of whom see multiple interpretations throughout the THOUSANDS (more than 6,000 Pages) of written Talmudic Pages . . . DIFFERENTLY.


TO ME . . . Philosophy is the ART of Convoluting Everything . . . where everyone is Right – and everyone is Wrong. It describes how many Angels can Dance On The Head Of A Pin, even if we don’t know that Angels really exist, or if Angels can really Dance, or what is the Accepted Diameter of the Head of a Pin.


There are far too many People Deciding for us . . . How Many Angels Are Dancing On The Head Of The Pin.

LIFE ISN’T THAT COMPLICATED . . . We are Born. We Live. We Procreate. We Love. We Hate. We Die . . . and everything that happens Before and After is Conjecture. So I prefer to live MY LIFE in the here and now, based upon 10-Simple RULES outlined in Judeo/Christian Beliefs, handed down more than 2000-YEARS AGO, which have been ENUNCIATED and Made into Secular Law through the US Constitution, specifically through the existing 27-Amendments, starting with the FIRST TEN & THE 13TH, which to me establish the Simple Rules of Governance.

THE PROBLEM . . . AS I LEARNED THROUGH PHILOSOPHY – is that we Complicate Society by trying to be Everything to All People. IT JUST DOESN’T WORK. In effect, we have to STOP trying to determine How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin . . . because that’s where we are today, and it’s killing us.


It’s not so much that we don’t Remember or Learn from History . . . it’s that we can’t help ourselves, but to do it over and over again. It’s also not that we don’t care, it’s more because we care too much, and aren’t smart enough to care enough to fix Complicated Problems, which we Create for ourselves, before they become IRREPARABLE.

AS LORD ACTON FAMOUSLY WROTE IN 1887 . . . “Power Tends To Corrupt, And Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” – which can only happen when we confuse SIMPLICITY . . . with the CONVULSIONS our Elitists Force Upon Us through issues that are of No Concern to the Individual Struggles which befall all of us, which we have to bear on a daily basis between Birth and Death.

PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS . . . You wake up in the morning, and you deal with your daily chores, whatever these chores might be – from making a living to raising a family. And in one-way or another, you do this for your entire life, paying Taxes along the way for Relatively Simple Services from the Governments . . . Municipal, State/Provincial and Federal. SO WHY IS GOVERNMENT SO COMPLICATED?

And Why Has Government So Complicated Our Lives?

Why have we become the VASSALS of a System of COMPLICATIONS, when the Essence of our Lives, for which we pay for everything who govern us are Simple to Explain? . . . AND THAT’S THE RUB.

TO CONSERVATIVES . . . Life is what it is. To the LEFT, life is all about HOW MANY ANGELS CAN DANCE ON THE HEAD OF A PIN?

THE OVERREACH OF GOVERNMENT . . . has all of us Debating on How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin, INSTEAD OF DEBATING THE EXCESS OF GOVERNMENT.

The Great Philosophical Debates are Wonderful for the Demented Brains of some, whose Existence is Predicated on trying to Discover the UNDISCOVERABLE Meaning of Existence, WHILE THE REST OF US ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO EXIST.

And for this . . . there is no Philosophical Answer – other than to live YOUR Life FULLY, and FIGHT for what YOU have, because there will always be the LEFT . . . Always Debating How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin, as they SUCK the World into their NEVER ENDING MENTAL MORASS, which is where we are at today.

Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov

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  1. Excellent, on target again! Was good to watch a Jewish journalist come out against Obama’s rant against Christians and blaming them for Spanish Inquisitions, Crusades that targeted militant Islam, Jim Crowe rant, on the O’Reilly narcissistic “f & b” crud. The left wins elections because most lean toward evil, dishonesty, and against anything based on conservative Judeo-Christian values. As indicated here, O’Reilly and Fox is losing its appeal; most people know truth when presented.

  2. There are five elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire and BS of which BS is the most common. That’s my philosophy in a nutshell!

  3. If Human Nature and a typical Bell Curve of distribution for any group do not seem to be the base which generates repeating history then by all means…quibble away unto death.

  4. Amen, George.
    Many of the Greek philosophers ended up committing suicide simply because they COULD NOT figure out the meaning of life. I think that Monty Python may have come as close as any of them.

  5. It has been said that politicians and diapers should be changed often…and for the same reason.

  6. The Great Philos. harmed no one and educated few as illiteracy was the prevalent situation to most citizens and communication was VERY limited. Presently society is overwhelmed with millisecond news bits. Unfortunately most of the civilized world is literate but uneducated = too many useless but “entitled opinions” and easily led/ persuaded citizens= very little forward movement , re-hashing of useless opinions . The past no longer exists, it changes based on opinion. Nothing to learn from .

  7. “There is nothing new under the sun.”(Ecclesiastes) Philosophy, science and religion all pursue the least common denominator of the universe – TRUTH. Everything comes down to the truth and to the lie. “Did God really say . . ?” the Serpent asked Eve. “Surely you will not die.” “We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.” “Equality means equal outcomes.” “Everyone has a right to [fill in the blank], therefore government must provide it.” “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

  8. History repeating itself — doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. A human tragedy.

  9. I believe in “angels”, but I’m fed up with all the “pinheads” and “pins” getting stuck into “voodoo dolls” against conservatives! (This isn’t “philosophy”- it is outright malice!) BTW, we can’t all be “equal” since God simply didn’t give everybody the same amount of brains (many have “wasted” their brains on drug and alcohol abuse)! Today, “thinking for yourself is “out”, allowing the Government to think for you is “in”. Why? Easier to control people, especially the few rational thinkers left!

  10. President Trump would not renew the waiver that enables the President to postpone implementing the Congressional decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, on Sunday. He is heading the committee’s tour to Israel to investigate moving the embassy. Good news eh????

  11. and you are lucky that you did not have to do any exams of Marx – Lenin philosophy. Now that I am living in Canada I can understand that I did not escape communism, here is the stronghold of it, under our beloved Leader and PM. ( and it is not lol).

  12. I laughed my head off at your evaluation of philosophy! Mega Dittos! Jesus IS the Way the Truth and the Life. Everything else is insane & screwed up. I heard of a philosopher who was into existentialism. He committed suicide. Guess he wanted to prove his point that he did not exist…The only thing that makes sense to me is that there IS a good God and Satan is only an evil angel who hates God & dances not on the head of a pin, but as he makes evil happen. With G-d we CAN make good happen

  13. The week after taking the oath of Office President Trump sent the Architect for the new Embassy to Jerusalem and he has since that time been putting together the construction timelines and expediting resources and materials and resolving compliance to local ordinances with the Jerusalem City Administrators. Meanwhile the Left is in overloaded spin cycle trying to come up with philosophical discourse to stop anything at all from ever taking place in Israel – fabricating reasons to say no.

  14. By chance one day I heard a Toronto lawyer opine in the privacy of his office, while planning a strategy: “BS baffles the brains.”…Also, you might check out the reading list of Hillsdale College’s, free online course, ‘Constitution 101: The Meaning & History of the Constitution’, which would of course include what the Founding Fathers and writers of that Bill of Rights also read…

  15. A day without Howard Galganov is a day without sunshine in my little corner of the world. I believe things became complicated as the government grew. Our elected officials stopped working and spend their days running for re-election. In turn they created agencies that in turn create rules and regulations to justify their existence. One of those agencies might be able to tell us, “How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin”! Good luck on getting through!

  16. Philosophy – The insanity of useful uselessness!!! History buffs have always known that history will repeat itself in different ways. No one has ever figured out why so much of mankind is greedy & wants the whole world. It’s not gonna happen, but time & again they have tried. This is being tried again with anti-Semitism & wanting to annihilate Israel. Hasn’t the anti-Semites figured it out yet??? The Israelites will always be here & I rather like that. }:O)

  17. I have had a lot of time to think about a lot of things for many years, and as long as I can continue to depend on facts like 1+1=3 I’m good to go. And I didn’t just figure that out overnight! Let the KISS Principle prevail.

  18. My philosophy is simple, try not to be a hypocrite. Pretty much covers all bases.

  19. Much to do about nothing. Right is always going to be right. Wrong is always going to be wrong. AND, the battle continues on. It won’t ever be won….just played over and over and over again. Sad commentary…but that’s the way it is….until the good Lord says, “That’s it!”

  20. In the Spirit Realm there is NOT time or SPACE…therefore any number of angels can dance on the head of a pin.

  21. Philosophy comes down to “what you believe to be true.” It denotes the love and pursuit of wisdom, the investigation of truth and nature. Everyone has a philosophy including you. Your philosophy comes through and you are blessed to be able to pass on to others the investigation of what you beleive to be true. Keep up the good work! (Gk. philos- loving, sophia -wisdom)

  22. Howard, I see this editorial as 50% agree, 30% disagree , with 20% unaccounted for. As for me I know where I came from, and I know where I am going. I also know we can not operate based only on what we see. Apply some effort, not to be a naturalist, or materialist. That we live in a closed system as some/many believe. Man repeats habits, and history because he is lacking the tool he needs to break the cycle. He also is convinced, that if I do it, it will turn out better this time.

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