Pursuing Immortality Without a Net

The two basic ways to achieve some measure of immortality is first, to literally survive death, and second, to establish an enduring legacy.  They both have problems.  There is no way to be certain that either can be achieved.  You can't be certain that there will be an afterlife, and you can't be certain that … Continue reading Pursuing Immortality Without a Net

Lasting Passion Serves Ambition, and Happiness Requires Greatness

Is there passion without ambition?  Let us think of passion, at the most extreme sense, as the condition of being fully immersed in a single idea, and fully directed in one's powers and capacities toward serving that idea, likely at the expense of many things that also seem good or even necessary.  Such passion can … Continue reading Lasting Passion Serves Ambition, and Happiness Requires Greatness

On Brave New World (just a few words)

Well I've just gotten through my second book of the summer, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  I actually don't think it is very good.  It fills a need for a dystopian novel involving total government control over births, and a forced culture of drugs and promiscuous sex, helping us feel the discomfort of such … Continue reading On Brave New World (just a few words)

A Year at Mass

About a year ago I decided that I wanted to make a stronger push into church life, and am proud to say now have a year's worth of weekly Mass attendance under my belt. Today is Pentecost, which marks the end of the Easter season.  Though there are special Sunday Masses in between, the next … Continue reading A Year at Mass

Is Jesus the Serpent in the Garden?

In the Gospels Jesus is going to describe himself as "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).  Though Jesus is often likened to Adam in the letters of St. Paul, and the serpent in the garden of Eden is likened to Satan, a case could be made that Jesus is not as analogous … Continue reading Is Jesus the Serpent in the Garden?

Reflections on Summer, 2017

Well we're here in the first full week of fall and what a summer I had this year.  I did not teach, or do a whole lot of academic research (though I squeezed some in before the current semester started).  I did not read very much, though I tried to a few times.  The books … Continue reading Reflections on Summer, 2017

Is Faith a Suicide of the Mind?

There are plenty of people that view faith as a sort of suicide of the mind.  The explicit preference among these types is for a purely skeptical posture toward the world, where all knowledge is derived scientifically.  Of course, there is a great pitfall among those who depend on science, namely that science is inductive, and … Continue reading Is Faith a Suicide of the Mind?