Do our lives have meaning?The idea that life is without meaning has become increasingly prominent in this modern secular world. It hasn’t merely been brought forwards by people who have rejected religion in any of its many forms, but also by the continental philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Existential movement takes the…… Continue reading Living an existential life, pt. 1
In the western analytical tradition of philosophy, questions of identity have long been inclined towards asking things to the nature of What persists as a person ages? Is the person I will be in ten years the same person as I now am? Is identity one unchanging self, or a succession of selves? These are…… Continue reading A fundamental theory of the self
Scanning the newspapers or watching the news on television, we see snapshots of lives which are unfamiliar to most of us. They are inordinately wealthy, living profligate lives, surrounded by people whose achievements we feel far exceed our own. But what exactly is it which divides us and them? Selective perspective. In these figures, we…… Continue reading How language changes our thoughts, and how to use this to our advantage
I have seen the question asked many times “who is your idol?”, but I have never been able to actually answer this. I do believe that we have a natural propensity to see the heroic in other people. Even further than that, I believe that, in seeing someone as an idol, we set them as…… Continue reading What Eastern and Western religions can teach us about identity
How far is it true that an experience of the world is really just an experience of the self? As I have explored previously, the world of phenomenology has taught us that our perceptions have limits as to how far they can truly represent the world as the world is to us. The reason for…… Continue reading Where does the world stop, and identity begin?
“The eye is the first circle; The horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end”- R. W. Emerson. Emerson took the circle to be a veritable metaphor for nature. It described human thought and navigation of life, and the laws of nature. His essay was highly…… Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson- Circles. An essay of spiritual growth.
“Saigyo in poetry, Sogi in linked verse, Sesshu in painting, Rikyu in the tea ceremony- the spirit that moves them is one spirit. Achieving artistic excellence, each holds one attribute in common: each remains attuned to nature throughout the four seasons. Whatever is seen by such a heart and mind is a flower, whatever is…… Continue reading The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
Radhakrishnan starts off by confronting the classic question of what Hinduism actually is. This, he does not answer directly, for a very good reason: Hinduism isn’t an internally recognized word, but a name given to the sub-continent of India by outsiders. Later, it was recognized by Hindus as being a practicable working name. This was…… Continue reading The Hindu View of Life by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan