Category Archives: Mysticism

Beatrice in Modern Gear

Beatrice in Modern Gear “Thou “who, to bring my soul to Paradise,  Didst leave the imprint of thy steps in hell …” So wrote Dante of Beatrice at the end of his Divine Comedy.  “The eternal feminine leads us above.” … Continue reading

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Wingeing, Death and Debility

Wingeing, Death and Debility Years ago, I was in the Australian Blue Mountains, climbing the rockiest, thorniest, steepest wilderness trail that I could ever hope never to find.   We were a troop of philosophers from Sydney University’s Department of General … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shifts

Paradigm Shifts We live under the sheltering umbrellas of our worldviews.  To the point where we would feel naked if we were caught in the street without them. That being the case (that we run around conceptually clothed, whether we … Continue reading

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Kosher?

Kosher? O dear.  This is what you call a “vexed” topic.  A couple of years back, in my temple’s Saturday Torah Study, we came to verses that spell out what you are and aren’t supposed to eat, if you’re Jewish. … Continue reading

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“Proof of Heaven?”

  “Proof of Heaven?” Epicurus, ancient atomist and empiricist that he was, taught that we human beings are composed of large numbers of atoms, each one too tiny to see.  So, he maintained, is everything else.  When such collections of … Continue reading

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Woman’s Search for Meaning

Woman’s Search for Meaning I’ve talked two friends out of committing suicide.  Don’t recall exactly what I said, but I do know what went into my general approach.  First, I ignored their existential/metaphysical pronouncements, eloquent as they were.  Life, they … Continue reading

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“Ideas and Real People”

  “Ideas and Real People” When I need consolation, when sorrow exerts its hard claims, I turn instinctively to what Plato would call the realm of forms: beautiful things and ideas that are clear and significant. When our friend Leo … Continue reading

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