Spiritual life? What the hell is that? Do-gooders? Have they changed this evil old world one iota? My quest for spiritual insight, for spiritual “progress”, has ruined my life. I might have been somebody, but I gave up early, and retired early, to finish this thing, this “quest.” But I am not able to tell … More Prelude to Sri Aurobindo-how his teaching poked my life
Mass killings of men, women, and children. Not a human breath left. Christmas in Berlin, 2016? Or Canaan 3000 years ago? If Mel Gibson made a movie of Joshua, not only would it sicken an already violence-saturated society with its extreme cruelty, his anti-Semitic rap would become a public lynching. To say that this is … More Joshua: Did God Order Genocide in Canaan?
We are at the point where scientific management of the world’s resources seems not only possible but desirable. Wouldn’t everything run more smoothly and efficiently if we got the politicians out of the way and let the scientists run things? So much more efficient, no more waste and corruption, more fair! Let’s get rid … More Step 5: Is Global Technocracy inevitable?
Thoreau is even more correct today: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” What is freedom of the spirit in this brave new world matrix? Our lives are micromanaged routines, and there is no way out. Habit. Habits of thought. Habits of action. Habitual strength and habitual prison. What have we done to ourselves? Morning … More Paideia Steps 3 and 5: Habit, NDE’s and political economy
“Freedom from” and “freedom to” are two dimensions of individual freedom. Freedom from constraints is probably the easiest part, and perhaps some would think the only necessary part. I think “freedom to” is not only the most important, it is also the most elusive and yet the only part that makes the struggle worth the … More Paideia Step 4: Art, and imagination
Paideia, Step 1: The decision to be free is continuous, and there is no end point. Moreover, the process of continuously deciding to be free and to grow seems always to cause an equal and opposite reaction. The need to belong, to submerge one’s identity into something larger and safer, is equally as strong as … More Escape from Freedom, into the comfort of the brave new world
I am working on a series centered around the concept of escape from freedom. It will examine the blowback coming from the decision and the resolve to live a free life. Today, however, I am stepping back for a second to reaffirm the meaning of my notion of a 21st century paideia. This is the technocratic … More PAIDEIA for the 21st Century: The 5 steps of my philosophy of freedom