A descent into silence and meditation. A search for the soul.
Will we make a better world for all, a different universe. Or will the wheel of samsara never be broken.
Release from the shackles of a mind made prison, sought for so many years and yet so recently achieved.
While there may be no god and no objective morality, we may act as if there were. Some of us find that we must.
While mesmerized by the beauty of nature and the past, naive Luddism is not a philosophy I espouse or admire.
They do things differently there. Or do they? Man’s real fear is of the unknowable future.
Most of us have developed a worldview but I wonder how many of us let doubt destroy it?
Many now hold that consciousness is a trick, wrought upon an illusory “us” by physics and you may therefore wish to contemplate whether you exist at all.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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?
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.
Would we spend so much time in hand wringing existential anxiety if we discovered the genetic code of the pain … More
I believe that I am merely a “program” and that similar programs run every animal and living thing on earth.
Happiness is only attainable once you recognize that everything just “is”.
How damaging we are to each other. How grim the human condition can become, and it does not take war … More
The happiest are those who have never heard of Wittgenstein’s Ladder. If asked, they probably assume its something you buy in Homebase.
Success in seeking the Absolute may simply be a matter of altering our minds chemically.
In recent years I have found it increasingly beneficial to narrow my focus.
I have felt with increasing certainty recently that the Buddhists are right. We have no separate existence, no soul, no fixed place in the universe.
Unqualified objective truth can not exist. Heavily qualified objective truth probably does.
It is pleasant to imagine that there was a day in the distant past where people did not live in Grenfell Tower and didn’t have to look at Trump’s haircut in the media.
Is it right to feel distaste for your fellow man?
The Arab Israeli conflict arose from vibrating energy “strings” – it really is that simple in a sense.
There is nothing quite like a funeral to concentrate the mind; “carpe diem” seems such an apt phrase at such a time.
Is it odd that 100 million deaths in the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 has received comparatively little attention?
Is everything bad? Is the world a bad place? Are we humans damned and doomed? Is there any good news?
How can people not see what their untrammelled hatred does to themselves and those around them?
Hatred is a difficult emotion to combat connected as it is with so many other qualia.
The act of self expression in writing seems to provide relief from strong or long repressed emotions – a catharsis.
Are we all hypocrites or is there the odd saintly exception?
What possible use is hindsight when the past is behind us and unchangeable?
Evil cannot exist without consciousness and free will.