On Weariness

One of the unusual, and I think powerful, features of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy was that he took moods seriously. For him, a mood can be an insight into the real, bare-bones conditions of our human existence: A mood makes manifest ‘how one is’ and ‘how one is faring’. In…

29 years, 373 days...

Pains tend to run much more deeply into us than our pleasures. A true pain never really seems to leave you. It can always come back, fresh and revivified, even when the details fade from your memory. Suddenly, you’re right back there again. Even the greatest pleasures only ever…

The God of Hell

Someone I love has been deeply troubled lately by the thought of hell. It troubles me too. Hell is an awful thing to believe in. It’s no wonder that most Christians, most of the time shy away from looking the doctrine full in the face. Does it mean that…

Everything he touches comes alive

Most of us don’t have any regular contact with the Aged. Maybe you make a semi-regular visit to a relative, maybe you come across elderly people in your line of work, and for most of us that’s probably about it. I’m reasonably sure that there aren’t…

Zeno I - The Other Mutant Ninja Turtle...

> [Zeno’s] second [paradox] is the so-called “Achilles”, and it amounts to this, that in a race the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead. (Aristotle, Physics VI:9)…