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

2 Types of Immortality

What does it mean to desire immortality? In my dissertation on this topic 2 different types of immortality emerge, each of which can be desired: (1) literally living forever, and (2) living on symbolically, for example in the memories of the living. Religions like Christianity promise the first kind of immortality, being personally saved and restored in … Continue reading 2 Types of Immortality

There Will Be Blood (and Politics)

There Will Be Blood (2007) is by far, my absolute favorite movie.  Of course it has many virtues as far as films go, despite winning far too few Oscars in my non-expert opinion (only 2, including Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis).  Yet what draws me in above all else is its central storyline, the clash of two men's monumental ambitions -- … Continue reading There Will Be Blood (and Politics)