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
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
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)
I just finished reading Moby Dick, and have to make some sense of my thoughts. So here goes. Although Ahab is not really the focus of the novel, with many pages passing without any sign of him, the ending of the book features him front and center. The beginning of the book is very much … Continue reading On Moby Dick
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
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?
In democracy, freedom reigns and citizens pursue the desires of their hearts without fear. Everything that you want, you may pursue. Although you might fall short, pursue you still may. This freedom is not, however, complete. Pursuits of citizens must at some basic level be compatible with each other. Pursuits are not as acceptable that … Continue reading You Say You Want a Revolution?
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
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?
A common reason people will give for not voting is that they don't feel that their vote matters. And, as individuals, it really doesn't matter that much. It only matters when groups of people collectively decide whether or not to vote that really changes an election outcome. So your vote matters to the extent that … Continue reading Voting Efficacy and a Personal Connection to God