Philosophy: when it all doesn’t come together… or ‘God, Plato, and Morality’

It was another 'philosophy forum' day in my happy little life today, and I saw: Philip CattonSenior Lecturer in PhilosophySchool of Religious StudiesUniversity of Canterbury, Christchurch, New ZealandImmanence and Ideality Consider space, time and causality, or morality, or authenticity in art. Rude immanentism concerning them defiles their unity. Transcendentism is however without any footing in what is ours to know. Between immanent and transcendent there is a line of ideality. Wisdom hugs … [Read more...]

Life: half a pizza and 5 cans of coke later

Yes that's right: he who lives off of dehydrated lentil soup, oatmeal, soy milk, homemade Indian curries, and pumpkin seeds has resorted to the tactics of cheesy-fatty-starchy garbage combined with a carbonated, high fructose corn syrup and caramel colored caffeine delivery system as aids through the perils of cram-writing an MA dissertation upon which (how much I don't know) my future hangs.You think that's convoluted, you should see what I'm writing about Kant's ethics...Here's a randomly … [Read more...]

Imagine

Written by John Lennon, born on this date 1940. Imagine Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today... Imagine there's no countries, It isnt hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, No religion too, Imagine all the people living life in peace... Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say Im a dreamer, but … [Read more...]

Philosophy: flogging and motivation

My lack of blogging flogging seems to have worked, so I think I should flog myself a bit over my lack of dissertation work. Monday is a deadline for giving it to a friend for analysis - so tomorrow has to be the big day for progress. Bad me. Bad me.Maybe I'm not into self flogging at the moment.But I do suddenly remember a film I saw in high school Spanish class, about a Jesuit missionary in the jungles of South America. I think he was basically having his way with a couple young local girls, … [Read more...]

Buddhism: the Dalai Lama agrees

With my last post's sentiments. In his little book, "Many Ways to Nivrana: Reflections and Advice on Right Living" on page 28 he says: "Sometimes, I feel that my talk about compassion is merely paying lip service. I really admire those individuals or organizations that are involved in helping impoverished people and working in the area of education, and so on. These people are implementing compassion on a practical level. I just sit here on a comfortable seat and talk about compassion! Perhaps … [Read more...]

Philosophy: (4 of 4) readers beware

Perhaps I am a bit out of touch with people these days. My friend Ali, the Beaudrillard fan, tells me that our country is disconnected with its past. My friend Loren, the Marxist, would surely tell me that religion is an opium of the people ( "Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes" - Karl Marx), and my own explorations are themselves an attempt to self-medicate myself out of the stark reality which is this world. My old friend Dave, playing Thrasymachus, once declaired that people only … [Read more...]

Life: (3 of 4) her name means ‘Lamb of God’

And she haunts me. Not in any 'poltergeist' or scary-crazy-lady sense. But she was my first love, and my memories of being with her sometimes rush over me so strongly I can smell the fabric softener in her clothes and see those tiny, ever so faint freckles just beneath her eyes. The worst might have been when I was in Ireland this summer. Her father is Irish and so by association I saw a lot of him, and her, in the streets of Galway and felt her spirit in the misty mountains of Joyce's Country.I … [Read more...]

Buddhism: (2 of 4) unhappiness

Unhappiness may be confronted with unhappiness. Really. Get pissed off. Get angry about being so damned unhappy. Sometimes it works for me. I just think, 'yea, I'm unhappy... but look at the world out there. People are suffering and dying and I could, theoretically, be off my unhappy ass helping them. Not all of them, no, but some. Not necessarily administering vaccines or cooking meals in Sub-Saharan Africa, but in some way I can be doing something to make a difference. And I'm not. … [Read more...]