Language can only take you so far. It is a labor intensive task. It feels like an extension of the soul, an arm reaching out from the chest, reaching farther and farther but never quite reaching the point before retreating back into the self as it runs out of breath. A forceful, unwilling extension of … Continue reading 3.17
Political science, and more generally social science, is not able to find concrete evidence or answers such as those found in mathematics or geometry. In one view, political science is more a “science” in the methods it employs, rather than the observations it makes. Another view is that it is a “science” in the sense … Continue reading Why the Social Sciences are Science
Art as the highest metaphysical activity Art sustains life. It is what makes life endurable, and thus possible. Art is what makes life worth living. Nihilism, in Nietzsche’s philosophy, is sublimated to art as the highest metaphysical activity in mensch*, bestowing life with sublime meaning, while mensch remains the source of order and structure in … Continue reading 500 words on Nietzsche’s Art
You don’t deserve criticism for being overtly naïve, for holding our hopes that might be equivalent to thinking we might win the lottery, that things will just all go "well." We should pity ourselves for the formidable obstacles that sit in the way of the kind of success and happiness that is so normal to … Continue reading To 2016
daily prompt: Conundrum. co·nun·drum /kəˈnəndrəm/ Noun. a confusing and difficult problem or question. WHO AM I? We carry the same name throughout our lives and consider ourselves as a relatively stable, unitary entity. But is it really right to think of ourselves as the same person? There is no doubt that over a lifetime we all … Continue reading Conundrum: Who am I?
“Having an open mind is as good as not having an opinion.” A mild reiteration of Chesterton, thrown to me all too many times by coworkers itching to impose their political agenda or philosophical view on global ethics, capital punishment or some other topic of the sort. I sometimes laugh at the constant collisions between … Continue reading On being “open-minded”
“I am lonely.” Society has made an assumption that no respectable person could be isolated, a loner, or in seclusion, unless maybe they’ve just moved to a new country, or just faced the loss of a loved one. Yet, loneliness is an inexorable part in the complex existence of a sensitive, intelligent being. The ideas … Continue reading The art of loneliness