initiation-danger

Initiation, Individuality, and the Alchemy of Danger

One of the most interesting entries found within the pages of Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai is as follows: The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes…

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Spiritual Evolution; Waiting for the Higher Meme

In their book Spiral Dynamics, Beck and Cowan color code and thus simplify the categories of psychologist Clare Graves. Graves posited a theory of development based on people’s responses when…

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Initiation, and The Metaphysics of Manhood

“To be thus a man was … to be more a man today than yesterday, more a man tomorrow than today. To be a man was to forge ever upward…

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Metaphysics, Ethics, and Living in an Uncertain World

The nature of ultimate reality is not provable on the rational level. It might be possible to experience it directly as part of a mystical experience. Or we might read…

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Rendering Darkness and Light Present : Jean Gebser and the Principle of Diaphany

Jean Gebser (1905-1973) was a German poet, philosopher, and phenomenologist of consciousness. He is best known for his magisterial opus, The Ever-Present Origin (Ursprung und Gegenwart, 1949-1953), in which he articulates the…

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Faith, Knowledge, and the Decline of the West

In December, the president annually sends all faculty and staff a calculatedly inoffensive “Winter Holidays” greeting, via email. For what it is worth, for many years I have regularly received…

Existentialism

The Limits of Existentialism

One notion often associated with existentialism is the nihilist assumption that we live in a meaningless universe. This gets coupled with the idea that life has whatever meaning we assign…

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The Naked Android: Sex, Death, and Immortality in the Age of AI

Alan Turing invented the ideational basis of modern computers with his concept of a universal machine. The machine had a write/erase head and a strip of paper that represented an…

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Protection of a Holy Rebellious Yes to Life: Book Release

The writing of Azsacra Zarathustra is as difficult to comprehend as the man himself. A philosopher, poet, martial artist and mystic, Zarathustra, it should be said, seems to challenge in…