Celebrating Absence

If the remission of pain is happiness, then the emergence from distraction is aesthetic bliss. I use these terms loosely, for I am not making an argument but rather attempting to describe the pleasure that comes from recognition or rediscovery of certain essences permanently associated with human life. These essences are restored to our consciousness... Continue Reading →

Seeking Questions

There are so many stories, more beautiful than answers. ~Mary Oliver For several years now I’ve been coming to terms with some transformative events and new circumstances in my life. These things changed me and my outlook in important ways, some of which I likely don’t fully understand yet. If you look at most of... Continue Reading →

AMA: Quotations and Artists

Of this there can be no question-creative work requires a loyalty as complete as the loyalty of water to the force of gravity. A person trudging through the wilderness of creation who does not know this—who does not swallow this—is lost. ~Mary Oliver Many thanks to those who sent me ask-me-anything questions in the past... Continue Reading →

Photography and The Technological Sublime

The danger always exists that our technology will serve as a buffer between us and nature, a block between us and the deeper dimensions of our own experience. Tools and techniques ought to be an extension of consciousness, but they can just as easily be a protection from consciousness. ~Rollo May In his book, The... Continue Reading →

Interesting Times

It is not death or dying that is tragic, but rather to have existed without fully participating in life—that is the deepest personal tragedy. ~ Edward Abbey (quoted by Jack Loeffler in Adventures with Ed) Despite having no known origin, the expression "may you live in interesting times" is considered by some a tongue-in-cheek Chinese curse.... Continue Reading →

Limitations of Language

Language is a detriment, an earthbound limitation from which the poet suffers more than anyone else. At times he can actually hate it, denounce it, and execrate it—or rather hate himself for being born to work with this miserable instrument. He thinks with envy of the painter whose language—color—is instantly comprehensible to everyone from the... Continue Reading →

Commitment and Doubt

Did you know? You can support my work and help me sustain this blog by pledging as little as $2/month. My pledge to you: the more people are willing to offer their financial support for this blog, the more frequently I'll be willing to write these articles and to offer them to the world free... Continue Reading →

Perspective and Meaning

When you’re in the desert, you look into infinity. It’s no wonder that nearly all the great founders of religion came out of the desert. It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big. ~David Lean It’s a chilly autumn morning in the desert. I am still in my sleeping... Continue Reading →

No Service

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the... Continue Reading →

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