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

Do more people desire death or immortality?

Does everyone like being alive?  Happy people surely do, almost by definition.  If you're happy, then you are apparently having a good time.  Nobody wants to stop having a good time, otherwise they wouldn't call it "good" in the first place.  If you wanted it to stop, then you would call it a bad time, … Continue reading Do more people desire death or immortality?

My Mother, My Immortality

The desire for immortality wasn't the most obvious topic for my political theory dissertation, particularly one aimed at helping us understand our political situation today (the issue has been considered by most scholars as a dead one for hundreds of years).  On the other hand, we all agree that new solutions are needed to overcome … Continue reading My Mother, My Immortality