The Radiant Dark

When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible — such descent I call beauty. And there is nobody from whom I want beauty as much as from you who are powerful: let your kindness be your final self-conquest. Of all evil I deem you capable: therefore I want the good from you. Verily, I…

Guiding the Tao

Imagine then a ship or a fleet in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but who is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and whose knowledge of navigation is not much better. The sailors are quarreling with one another about the steering—every…

Impotent Philosophers & Quixotic Crusaders

“Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves….” “What giants?” Asked Sancho Panza. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote How often do we notice…

The Unfinished Pyramid

I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there’s nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it. – Cicely Tyson Humankind seems to have an…

Voids in the Mountain

Up the mountain I trudged, knee-deep in snow. The blistering wind, when it came, came in gusts. I did not know if the snow fell from the sky or was merely being blown around by the wind. It felt as though I had been climbing forever. Perhaps I had. I looked up toward the peak,…

Prayer and Government

The topic of reciting a prayer, or “invocation”, at city council or other government meetings has been surfacing frequently of late. I simply must ask: what is the point? Setting aside the invitation it sends to various organizations for litigation, what is the goal? (Let us be honest: it is mostly Christians who do this.…

Our Fallen Kin

It must be completely obvious to anyone who’s grown up with the “War On Terror” that the first thing you do in such situations is paint the other guys – and their Gods – as evil, blood-thirsty war mongers, because by demonizing them you can justify any inhumanity you might subsequently commit. – Michael Smith…