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Recent Posts

Everyday Transcendence, Inside, The Anthropocene Reviewed

Transcendence is not the special religious accomplishment of the spiritual elite; it is the constitutive characteristic of the human being as such, soul and body.

Defaults, The Road, Fireflies and Starlings

Long ago, Socrates argued that the unexamined life is not worth living. He had to make that argument, he felt compelled to bring it to our attention, because—in his time as in ours—the unexamined life is the default.

The Problem with Passion, Resurrection, Pandemic Time (with Tarkovsky)

Passion is a negative indicator of fulfillment. What I am passionate about is more properly marked by what I am willing to suffer in order to create or to contribute to some good that I value highly.