Adversity, and its Importance

Ferdinand Hodler, The Day (detail).

Friederich Nietzsche tells us that “whatever does not kill us makes us stronger.” It’s a bold statement. Yet, though today the culture often seems to reward those who wallow in self-pity (not least of all through litigation for emotional upsets and “offense”), adversity has played a crucial part in the spiritual, intellectual, and creative development […]

Masonic Mystery Novel ‘Harmony of Isis’ Published

The roots of Freemasonry, the world’s oldest fraternity, is the theme of The Harmony of Isis by anthropologist Catherine M. Walter. The book unfolds as Maggie, as The Harmony of Isis‘s heroine, discovers long-hidden secrets about a region of the USA originally settled by Freemasons, consequently becoming entwined in a battle between good and evil played out through […]

Is Hinduism Rational? (Part II)

“Subration is the mental process whereby one disvalues some previously appraised object or content of consciousness because of its being contradicted by a new experience. […] From the standpoint of the subject, to subrate means to undergo an experience — practical, intellectual, or spiritual — which radically changes one’s judgment about something. An object or […]

David Lynch Foundation to Host “Women, Meditation, and Stress” panel discussion

The David Lynch Foundation will host two hundred women professionals, including leaders in finance, publishing and the arts, at a luncheon and panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on Tuesday, October 8 from 12 PM to 3 PM. The panel discussion will focus on meditation as a simple, evidence-based […]

Is Hinduism Rational? (Part I)

I am well accustomed to being the only religious person in the room. My social circle is fairly diverse, but the friends that I have known the longest and with whom I have been the closest have largely been atheists (some more militant about it than others). Even with the more extreme among them, I […]

The Gods, Atomism, and Ancient Greece: A Humanist’s View

The didactic poem On the Nature of Things by the Latin poet Titus Lucretius Carus (99 – 55 BC), the longest, most detailed exposition of the ancient doctrine of Epicureanism and one of the most widely read and influential texts of the first two centuries AD, went out of circulation in the Middle Ages only […]

A “Topless Burka-Clad Model” and Radical Islamic Fashion

“The art of apparel is made all the more important in Islamic countries by the absence of any human image,” wrote Titus Burkhardt (1908-1984), a scholar of, and convert to, Islam. “It is,” he said, “the art of clothing that in a way conveys the Muslim’s ideal image of himself as a Muslim.” Perhaps this […]

Esoteric Civilization: Spirituality, Transcendence, Rebellion and Culture in the Modern Era

Is Western civilization esoteric? If so, is this because or despite the influence of Christianity? We explore esoteric spirituality and its relation to law and ordinary culture; Freemasonry, Christianity, and ancient Greek culture; the nature of esoteric spirituality, and more. Music by Lino Rise ( www.linorise.de) Lino Rise – “Initiate Frame I”.

Richard Wagner: Revolution, and the Re-Founding of Humanity

Richard Wagner: Revolutionary.

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883) intended his mid-Nineteenth Century innovation of Music Drama to instigate a thorough renewal, not simply of art, but rather of the human situation, as writ large, in society and culture; he foresaw in the late 1840s that his work would require a theoretical basis in metaphysics, aesthetics, and ethics.  As […]