The problem with pornography is that it does not give us what we desire: it gives us the aggrandizement of our desire. By aggrandize, I mean to make something appear larger than it actually is. Thus in other words, the appeal of pornography is not simply looking at sexy naked…


Repetition. Life is repetition. If we are going to love life, we must find a lovable repetition. For example, the child who tells the same joke over and over and over again, laughing each time. Or the lovers who embrace over and over and over again, gratified each time. …


More and more join the lone despaired.

Time and time again, we feel the need to justify life. We can not just live. For better or worse, we must find a motivation to live.

I never imagined my life would be so dizzy. As a child, I imagined many things…


“We are unknown to ourselves, we knowers…” Is this still the case? The traditional psychological wisdom was that we could alter ourselves through self-awareness — that by bringing our neuroses to our attention, we could overcome them. It is, of course, generically true that in order to solve a problem…


If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything. Is this why we find it so hard to write? As soon as we begin, the horrors and boredoms of the world shut us up. More than anything, what we complain about is dullness. We are unhappy, but not to…


It is not the passage of time which unsettles us, but the shrinking of opportunities.

Everyday I think to myself what I should have been. Ruminations of the past are my present. Who now can say ‘future’ without some underlying dread? Many of us believe, either consciously or unconsciously, that…


There is a trend in the Cultural Left which bothers me. It is the fashion of painting “the Western, White, European world” as bad and “the Indiginous cultures and First Peoples” as good. …


“The Truth will set you free.” Is that true?

The classic picture of truth is of truth as harmony; for example, when one has attained enlightenment, they will be at peace with themself. On the contrary, suppose that truth was discord, disruption…what would that mean? Christ says “I have come…


The question is this: how should I live my life? To answer this, we must first understand what we are. One approach: a thing is good when it acts in harmony with its essence, and bad when it doesn’t. Concern: we don’t have an essence. Counterpoint: we express states of…

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“Thinking is the best way to travel”

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