He also told them this parable: ‘Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.’ Luke 6:39-40 This parable is rather fitting for a student such as myself embarking on […] Read More..
All that my life seems to be is a series of subtly unrelated events. Without rhyme or reason, and without direction or meaning, all I’ve seemed to do is accumulate seemingly meaningless experience as I blindly play with the strands on the web of life. Alone at the center of the universe, it seems as […] Read More..
Immortality is not an unreachable ideal. The idea of the infinite, the ineffable expanse of time and space having no beginning and no end, cannot be comprehended or understood by our minds. Our souls and spirits, however, testify in their very existence that the infinite exists. A soul is the very physical makeup of our […] Read More..
Keating: “How do you always manage to decide?”Roark: “How can you let others decide for you?” This dialogue represents one of the prime differences between a second-hander and a man who lives for himself. Keating’s indecision indicates his reliance on others’ approval as a means of achieving peace of mind. Roark’s autonomy, however, shows his […] Read More..
In the absence of community banks, our community would be quite different indeed. Much of our current daily life is dependent on these banks for many reasons. It seems as though many people take our community banks for granted, and I know that I have been guilty of the same. We must recognize the important […] Read More..
It has come to my attention that we as a society need to make some very important changes in the way we are living. We live in a material world that is built on the institutions of money, property, and prestige. We are conditioned to focus on how we measure up to such societal standards […] Read More..
To the editor: This letter is written in response to Larry Knilands’ article on August 19th regarding democracy. There are a few points that I would like to make about democracy. Democracy seems to be the most practical system of government that we as a society have come up with in the last ten thousand […] Read More..
So the old saying goes: “life’s a bitch”. In my eighteen (well, ok, seventeen years and eight months) years of experience, I’ve come to know this old saying as truth. It is too easy to get into a habit of living life just for lack of alternatives. We don’t see any means of enjoying life […] Read More..
I have arrived at a conception of a “Holy Trinity” that works with my non-Christian belief system. The trinity is traditionally made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In my understanding, the Father would correspond with what Emerson called the “Universal Soul” (or “OverSoul”), the whole that is greater than the […] Read More..
I was introduced to a twelve-step program, a spiritual fellowship of men and women living without drugs, in July of 1997. The people involved explained to me that there were easier, more effective, and safer ways to live than the ways I followed at the time. It took some time to get used to that […] Read More..