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The Lesson of Illness

Will humanity ever learn the lesson of illness? I’m sure we’ve all learned this lesson personally. Times of illness exist on a different plane from times of health. Normally, we are driven by desires and duties, caught up in hundreds … Continue reading

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Zuspruch

In order to be who we are, we human beings remain committed to and within the being of language, and can never step out of it and look at it from elsewhere. Thus we always see the nature of language … Continue reading

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Avian Stripes

The lust after silence is a remnant of the philosophical desire for superiority, excellence, elevation, and purity — poetry is its material machine, its ideal reflection. But Baudelaire’s desire, learning from Poe, was different: a literature that would paint modern … Continue reading

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Evil Compassion

If we immoralists do harm to virtue? No more than anarchists do to princes. Only after they’re shot do they again sit firmly on their throne. Moral: one must shoot at morality. –Nietzsche There is a necessary — but only … Continue reading

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Credible Sources

My longing for truth was one single prayer. –Edith Stein In response to the simple but essential question, how do you know what sources to trust?, the easiest and best answer is: trust your gut. In the beginning, of course, … Continue reading

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Self-Constraints V

Radical constructivism begins from the assumption, as philosophers often do, that there is an essentially unbridgable gap between the knowing subject and the external world and that, because this gap is always mediated by fallible sense organs and imperfect cognitive … Continue reading

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On the Birth of Messiahs

My research into the Messiah-idea has led me to some strange conclusions and paradoxes. I have come to reject without reservation what I call the “one-man hypothesis”: the idea that the Messiah could be one singular flesh and blood person … Continue reading

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