Countless words have been written about mysticism but only direct experience will ever be able to convey what it is “like”.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Profound and beautiful would be my best shot at describing this wonderful new series Messiah from the creative genius that is Netflix.
The parallels between Taoism and the Algorithm are unmistakable, comforting and instructive.
I had a curious sensation of fading, being absorbed into the background, while walking along a country lane in glorious winter sunshine.
Can or should you remain in a state or place of “silence” or must or ought you return to the world?
I hadn’t quite realized until very recently just how damaging the human ego is.
Let the world go by and you may find yourself at peace.
Fascinated by the concept of transcendence I have started to conceptualize what I believe such states of existence could be.
Figuratively speaking I suspect the meek are indeed blessed and that in a sense they shall inherit, if not the earth, then at least a life of peace.
A day in Rye in East Sussex does not sound every-man’s idea of excitement but it is change which is important to the psyche, not distance traveled.
Is there anything so wondrous as a man truly happy in his own skin and content with his life and … More
How much better you feel when you focus on the good and ignore the bad.
The internet is colonized by those who do not know that they do not know. Fools to put it less politely. Why?
There is nothing quite so odd as an elderly, fat, aggressive pig driving a white Porsche.
Imagine yourself, if you will, in a world post the apocalypse to come.
For the miserable, moody and mercurial, one’s outlook can swivel on a sixpence. Or dime, if you prefer. Not so … More
There can be few greater attractions than sitting on a country railway station.
I found myself transported back to the time of Cardinal Newman this evening, sitting in a glum old seaman’s church on the coast at Walmer.
Do we need economic growth? I find myself answering “no”.
What makes a cynic? Reason and experience in life or the cold hand of genetic inheritance? Are cynics just born? … More
It is easy enough to empathize with addicts if, for large chunks of your existence, you have had an overwhelming need to get out of your own head.
A kind friend sent me what I took to be a flyer for ChristianMingle.com, which appears to be a sex … More
“What Am I” is the most important question I can ask and yet the answer may have to be discovered not by reasoning but by experience.
I spent the week incarcerated in Calais. It lead me to contemplate the unimaginable horror of prison life.
My chum Alfred has reached an odd stage in his journey into psychedelic oblivion.
Objectively, as a mere means of reproduction, it is hard to see how sex can be considered disgusting. And yet many humans consider it so.
My friend Alfred in Amsterdam reports that after 10 month’s use Magic Mushrooms have so far provided no “cure” as such for his debilitating depression.
Should sore points be discussed and settled in the open or be buried in the hope they will go away?
Dream on Paul of Tarsus. Who are you kidding?
There can be few callings which I hold is such low esteem as that of the “Influencer”.
The Margate of my youth was a poorer place without Ms Emin but I am nonetheless delighted to say the working class seaside atmosphere remains.
A visit to the Bronze Age Boat gallery today brought home very forcibly the sheer terror I would have felt … More
If you are going to talk to people at all, make sure they are people you do not know and are foreign as regards your class, tribe or social milieu.
“Exi ergo, transgressor. Exi, seductor, plene omni dolo et fallacia, virtutis inimici, innocentium persecutor.”
One of the advantages of living in Middle Earth is observing the locals at work and play.
If you think it’s all about sex, dragons and slaughter you might just be wrong. It’s also about apocalypse and that I find rather fascinating.
I watched an episode of Season 2 of Billions last night and was left with an unaccustomed feeling of repulsion. … More
How small and insignificant I felt grovelling at the foot of this seventh wonder of the world.
Reading of the demise of renowned fund manager Neil Woodford, I was reminded of my deep capacity for destructive cynicism. … More
Too often writers feel obliged to offer up a digest or synthesis of what they have read rather than contributing anything new or original.
In the absence of conscious beings with free will, morality can not exist. Picture a universe of infinite violence such as our own with no sentient life.
In the mental world, in our interior “reality” we can find whatever we want. Whatever we are looking for.
Love is a primary and immutable moral imperative and is not subjective or relative to any particular age or society.
“The unexamined life is not worth living” said Socrates and few would doubt the wisdom of his belief. But is self awareness enough?
Is there an objective morality? If so, how can we learn about it? Or is the whole idea of a universal morality misguided?
The anger I felt after a set-to a week ago was a futile exercise in self harm.
Like as the hart desireth the water brooks, so longeth my soul after thee O God.
I was listening to some cross legged Russian windbag this morning pontificating on why micro-dosing psychedelics was bad news. It … More
Why do the cretinous like numbered lists? And why do they annoy me so much?
There is a season for learning and a season to realize you know enough.
The world is full of annoyance and “noise” in the statistical sense. Meaningless “stuff”, which in the bigger picture it is best to ignore. To shrug,walk away from.
There is something enormously satisfying about a communion service at an ancient Anglican church on Easter Sunday.
The Good Aunt
I do not believe that the concept of “god and science are incompatible. Provided that we accept that we have created the concept of “god” in the first place and that through science we have the means to become godlike.
What I ought to have bought was a mobility cart and a year’s pass to the Bingo Hall. What I … More
Rarely have I felt such intensity as when singing Vierne’s Messe Solennelle with Fulham Camerata last Saturday.
Very occasionally one gets a glimpse of peace and today was one of those all too rare days.
I was contemplating meditation at the Wat Buddhapadipa in London and revisiting the basics of Buddhism this morning,
In the featured image, Leni Riefenstahl and a camera crew stand in front of Hitler’s car during the 1934 rally … More
I have always been faintly amused by the idea of earnest Christian converts sliding down a giant birth canal into … More
No, it didn’t quite work out like that, it never does. However Arcadian the setting, we humans will wreck it … More
The painting warns the viewer of the soul’s vulnerability to the vanities of the world. It strikes me as a … More
The somewhat brutal face and the arrogant pose of William West, 1st Lord Delawarr, reassures us that human nature has … More
Whether or not you win a conflict, something will have been lost.
I am frightened of homeless people. They remind me how all too easy it is in this world to simply fall between the cracks.
If you are going to go to church, go alone and go when it is empty.
Well not mine actually – its just that I liked the headline. The Guardian’s article Me and My Vulva gave … More
The state of depression is easy enough to describe but it is doubtful whether mere words manage to convey the depth of the misery to one who has never suffered from it.
Why is so much of the internet “told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”?
I am deeply disturbed to discover what a search on the word “consciousness” produces when you sift through Wordpress websites.
If you are feeling bad and want to feel a lot worse, I recommend a trip to your local government hospital.
Would we spend so much time in hand wringing existential anxiety if we discovered the genetic code of the pain … More
Good on Gillette: it would be hard to deny that male aggression has played a vast and malignant role in our history.
While there are indeed vast swathes of Kardashians, footballers wives and people who live in Chigwell you should avoid like the plague on the internet, I would argue that the technology has immeasurably enriched our lives rather than debased it.
Without comment in any shape or form (lest I deviate from my new found resolve) I report the unhappy fall … More
Given the basic needs of life and in the absence of physiological abnormality, the solution is fairly simple. The trick … More
Religion becomes a dark and dangerous tool in the wrong hands. I visited a website called Do What’s Right today and was … More
Does poetry have a purpose? If so, then what? I noticed today that by far the majority of WordPresss bloggers … More
I lived in Davos-Kosters for years and loved the WEF.
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
Strange to relate my friend does not find himself in a state of bliss after two months micro dosing psilocybin mushrooms.
It seems so inordinately difficult to be a decent human, unless you were born that way.
How hilarious, the asinine snob.
I HAVE desired to go
Where springs not fail,
The only way to deal with the Pig is to wipe him out of your life as you would remove excrement from your shoe.
There comes a time in your life when, if you are lucky enough to have a son, you recognize he has become a man. And of course to you, a very special one.
The modern trope would have it that you are what you eat, but the metaphor needs taking further.
I will never be able to resolve my unshakable disbelief in Christian dogma with the profound peace I find singing sacred classical music in an ancient English church with a good choir.
As traders will know, the Vix trades in a range: it mean reverts. Therefor you can profit by buying Vix … More
I believe that I am merely a “program” and that similar programs run every animal and living thing on earth.
Here is a trend following system coded in Python.
I have recently had much fun with “Simple Trading Systems using Simple Python Code”
I read the book with much enjoyment many years ago, but this lavish BBC adaptation of John Le Carré’s 1983 novel raises the bar to very high levels indeed.
We would put an animal down, surely we can offer the same courtesy to a human?
This anti war poem, written by American poet EE Cummings and published in 1926, is such a perfect specimen of the genre.
Happiness is only attainable once you recognize that everything just “is”.
Sometimes sad and sometimes not, our stories and our poems, our Green Ladies and our Belles Dames are reflections of our desires and anxieties.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? A reading.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?