On Enduring Feeling

One can see, even from an imperfect vision, that either there is only movement according to the sensible in us such as inclination or desire or there is movement according to something independent of the sensible. One can acknowledge that one is only confronted with appearance, sensation and feeling, even when searching out the one …

The analogy between indulgences and climate change government spending.

In both there is the unverifiable catastrophe in the distant (but not too distant) future. In the Catholic church there is the final judgment where ones behavior now is going to result in some pain and suffering later. In the climate change church there is no end to the catastrophes: increased natural disaster, starvation, violence...Either …

A Phenomenology of Effort Through Time

There is beginning, middle and end to anything and everything on this old clod. And we might as well mediate on that for a moment. A moment? It has beginning, middle and end. Plato says that this realm is the realm of "coming to be" and "passing away". Do not let it escape you. It …

“Ask and You Shall Receive”, an interpretation

There are at least three components repeated in the Gospels. First, there is the straightforward claim that asking, seeking and knocking will be received, found and opened. Second, there is the "in my name" condition. Third, there is the "really mean it and don't doubt" condition. First, that we will always and unavoidably get what …

Helping Others

Help, as an intended act, is complex, and difficult. First, help requires clarity of sight in the helper. Clarity of sight is a combination of good character and prudence (practical wisdom). The good character (temperance, fortitude, justice, magnanimity) of the helper and the practical wisdom necessary are correlated. Development in the one is not possible …

Jesus’ great analogy and the irrelevance of scripture.

Paul famously says it in Romans 1: 20-21. The essence of the invisible divine has been obvious since the beginning of creation. Jesus affirms the truth in the countless ways he looks to the obvious and immediate around him for evidence of that which cannot be easily seen by rational animals (men). If Jesus is …

The Moment of Turning (Repentance)

Repentance (turning toward the good) is everything prior to development involving approaching the good. Dealing with the moment prior to repentance is at best Socratic. The condition of most of Socrates' interlocutors was NOT knowing they had unhealthy souls (read need of repentance). The self-knowledge of ones own condition is everything, and Socrates sought, in …

Marriage vs. Singleness: the rock and hard place at least.

I am often around the young just coming out of their condition of complete dependency. From that position their vision is so unclear of what the decades of relative independence will be like, what the cost and benefits structures are like relative to choice, how much hard work or play is involved, how easy or …