Vow of Silence Why is it that many monks choose to commit to a vow of silence? The level of commitment that that takes is heavy. It means that even the most casual and menial effort at communication with others becomes a major challenge. One does not take up such a challenge without the possibility […]
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The Smoke It’s about 2 AM; that time of night where I try to get my last 1-2 rides as the bars begin to close. I’m driving down 635 to hit the 75 down to Dallas, where red splotches of increased demand from smoke-free bars disgorging their drunk and slovenly are already beginning to form. My […]
The Topography of Experience The non-linear experience of reality is analogous to topography. String Theory and Phenomenology I suspect that string theory has powerful implications for phenomenological philosophy. At least eleven dimensions exist, and most of them are beyond the grasp of experiential consciousness. But the fundamental idea behind the theory is that reality […]
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Forgiveness Forgiveness is an attitude toward a human being who has wronged you, in which your desire to be at peace with that person, and, more importantly, with yourself, exceeds the extent to which you value what has been taken from you. This is usually easier said than done, and the closer the harm was to […]
Peter’s Creed I am Peter, the rock. My existence is simple and jagged and imperfect. When faith is required of me, I sink like the stone I am. I am that rock upon which the house of God is built. Wave after wave buffets my simple soul, bringing pain and sorrow the sense of which […]
Truth and the Social Culture Prior to understanding the truth of the social order, we must first come to a deeper understanding of what truth is. A truth is the essence referred to by a cognitive designation of something which is experienced. A truth can never be understood apart from that from which it emerges […]
Steadfast Sometimes being steadfast is not a matter of choice. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of being true to yourself. When you understand yourself, you understand what you value. When you understand what you value, you recognize it when you see it. When you see what you value, you are steadfast. When you find your […]
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Lacan’s Talk on “The Mirror Stage” In his talk on The Mirror Stage as Formation of the I Function, Jacque Lacan talks about the relationship between identity, love, and freedom. Identity Formation in the Mirror Stage Identity formation and initial alienation is something he refers to as “The Mirror Stage;” so called because it is […]
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Carl Jung and the Nietzschian Ethic Carl Jung, most likely without intending to, expands vastly on the Nietzschian understanding of ethics in his essay on Good and Evil. At the same time, he repeatedly dodges the question of what good and evil actually is, although he does let it slip near the end. Finally, while […]
Broken Promises and Prayers There are times when the prayers you offer are really all there is within you to do. When a thought is expressed into words, it becomes real in a way that it couldn’t have been before. When prayers are offered, you are, through language, externalizing into a more tangible form of existence […]
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