Archive for December, 2005

We See at a Distance (0r Time to Pee)

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Our young protagonist waited for a pause in the discussion. The class had been discussing the nature of reality and perception, particularly as this issue was addressed by a novel they had all been reading. The pause came and our protagonist spoke, “I don’t think everyone’ thoughts are valid or of equal value.” The whole [...]

A Human Hand Wounded

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Today Christians celebrate the incarnation: God becoming one of us. I have to confess that I am desensitized to this reality. To remedy this I thought about reviewing the history of Metaphysics (ultimate meaning), Epistemology (inquiry into human understanding), and Ethics (nature of morality), just to help me get a conceptual grasp of the radical [...]

Before the Law

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

The following parable was written by Franz Kafka, and it has inspired numerous interpretations. So, read it and tell me what you think it means. Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot [...]

Bush Part I

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

As I am sure many astute people have already pointed out, there is an irony at work in Bush’s actions, and we Americans seem all to willing to go along with it.

Incense to an Unknown God

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

This is perhaps a work in progress, and yet I am comfortable enough to post it. Chris, if you read this, it was inspired by an event that I was not aware of until you lifted the veil. For anyone else, as I have heard recently and come to agree with, the author is not [...]

Flies Enter a Closed Mouth

Friday, December 16th, 2005

The following is from a poem by Pablo Neruda that continues to touch my soul in a way that I cannot quite articulate. Again and again I have returned to it because it evokes a sense longing and melancholy that oddly enough I enjoy. This to me is the religious dimension of poetry (and all [...]