two paths

It is becoming apparent that there are two distinct paths, two very different ways of being in the world. Sometimes, I can focus on what I do not have or something I feel should change.  I strive for and grasp at what I want or what I want to change.  I perhaps (or often) feel… Continue reading two paths

peace on earth

Watched Joyeux Noël again with my wife – a truly great film, based on true events of one of the WWI Christmas Truces. Apparently, the Germans first decorated their trenches with Christmas trees, and belting out Christmas carols – the first/main one is thought to have been ‘Stille Nacht’ (Silent Night).  This prompted some (English)… Continue reading peace on earth

teleology & ethics

The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term.  However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is.  It’s a common as anything.  Teleology is blindingly relevant.

on tolerance

The louder one screams about the need to be tolerant, the more their very act of screaming demonstrates the equal need to be intolerant (for example, the need to be intolerant of intolerance), which also means their screaming is only a half-truth… Not 100% false, not 100% true, but a half-truth; which isn’t too helpful,… Continue reading on tolerance

an end of the pax americana?

Obamas turn has come to rule the American empire. Will it continue to be a mass-consuming empire of greed? Only time will tell. Here is a thoughtful, timely and read-worthy critique by Brian Walsh entitled: Barack Obama: A Post-Imperial Presidency? And yes, the same question could’ve/should’ve been asked had McCain won the election…

anthropocentric ethics

Anthropocentric Ethics – In Ancient & Modern Perspective The author/composer/poet/community which produced the text we know of as Genesis 1 observed many things. Just one of these is the uniqueness of humans in relation to our environment. Day and night, earth and sky, sea and land, vegetation, and fruits, creatures great and tiny, both in… Continue reading anthropocentric ethics

pain bears a message

This post over at ‘Just Thomism‘ is short, sweet and very thought-provoking. I’m thankful for pain. Not generally at the moment I experience it, but when I think about it, yes I’m glad (for example) that my body tells me when I’m burning my hand on the stove-top. It’s a painful message that my body… Continue reading pain bears a message

why the “economic stimulus” is a load of bull…

The US of A just spent $168 billion… (or 152, depending on sources) Might wanna read that again… What did they spend it on? Shopping… that’s right, shopping… This makes me want to release a torrent of various expletives… Each tax-paying American recently received hundreds of dollars to –yes– go shopping. The ridiculous rhetoric used… Continue reading why the “economic stimulus” is a load of bull…

recent book purchase

Many books are on my desk at the moment.  Books for my theological study, and books for my personal interest.  I have too many books on my desk.  I cannot read them all… Yet this did not prevent me from picking up 7 more books on our recent trip to the states…