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Punisher: A Symbol of Iraqi Freedom And Un-Americanism?

“Nobody asked my permission.” This is the slightly un-superhero-like response of Gerry Conway, one of the creators of the Punisher comic book character, to its recent adoption by Iraqi and some…

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Popcorn Nihilism: Negative Thinking As Popular Entertainment

Some truths that have been staring you in the face. Some years ago, one of these — the degree of nihilism to be found in many modern movies — was pointed…

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Accidental Metaphysics: How Movies Hit On Philosophical Truths

Plato suggests that some buried part of our souls knows the ultimate truth about all things pertinent to human existence. His metaphysical explanation is that we are our souls and…

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Agni: The Sacred Flame of Tantric Physics

Perhaps the most universal concept in all systems of spiritual praxis is the sacred flame. The incendiary imagery of the flame is an apt metaphor for an almost unlimited range…

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Freemasonry, Islam, and Radical Spirituality: A Review of The Crescent And The Compass

[Note: The review below is about The Crescent and The Compass by Angel Millar, editor of, and a regular contributor to, People of Shambhala.] The Crescent and The Compass: Islam,…

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The Fantasy of Promiscuity

Periodically, some group of people come up with what seems to them to be the secret to human happiness; the end of marriage and the birth of total promiscuity. They…

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Islamic Spirituality, Freemasonry and Anti-Masonry Explored

Numerous significant connections were made between Freemasonry and Muslim activists during the 19th and 20th centuries, claims Angel Millar, author of The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution…

A still from the movie Inception.

Reality Is Overrated; Why Subjectivity Informs Our Experience Of The World

In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke focuses on epistemology. The theory of knowledge. His most important aim was to know what reality was really like. Like many other…

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Down With Decolonization: Approaching The Hindu Alternative

A knife is sharpened by shaving away all the superfluous material that makes it dull. A sharp knife is a live case of “less is more”: less material means more…