Prelude to Sri Aurobindo-how his teaching poked my life

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

Paideia Steps 3 and 5: Habit, NDE’s and political economy

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

Escape from Freedom, into the comfort of the brave new world

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

PAIDEIA for the 21st Century: The 5 steps of my philosophy of freedom

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