July 26, 2015

As i think,
so the beast grazes,
trees grow,
the tide turns.

June 21, 2015

My Lord said to me:
be greater than you are
—that we might grow. 

June 14, 2015

When i was a child, i thought like a child; now, i just act like one.

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May 31, 2015

Old remedies

When Elijah returns, surely he will cry out:

Hear me, you proud moderns,
listen to age-old wisdom:
Your knowledge is polluted,
your science biased!

Markets and money, they
alone are free; your proofs
and baubles — you serve them.
See how they blind you!

Here is a greater technology,
a science of sciences: Purify
doubtful tech with indifference;
flee from all soiled, partial truths;

do not mix science and money;
sacrifice all useless things!
Then you will manufacture
wisdom, and know happiness.

April 29, 2015

Overhearing one night in a museum how Velasquez’s brushwork was ahead of its time, i wondered: Why is it that we no longer climb upwards out of the past but would rather lurch forwards into the future?

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April 24, 2015

From Heidegger i learned that technology has chained us to its dark view that the world is but a resource to be controlled—and that now we must somehow escape from this cavernous prison into the daylight of a greater truth. Perhaps, though, it is knowledge itself to which we have become too attached—and so instead we must set off with science, our most beloved child, having strapped every technology to its back, and ascend mount Moriah ready to sacrifice it.

April 11, 2015

Last night i slept on one of Martin Buber’s books. I dreamed of a stairway reaching into the cosmos and saw the old gods ascending and descending upon it. And there above it stood a greater, as yet unimagined possibility.

March 29, 2015

We must reforge the prophets of old into pry bars, and topple the truths we once imagined could save us.

March 28, 2015

The Buddha has said: “even the gods are subject to samsara”; but i say unto you: even our scientists and their truths are in thrall to reckless world views. (They do not know how to find the truths that are best for us.)

March 21, 2015

Small follies

This morning I watched an old man repeatedly pace the contour of St. Peter’s parking lot. Which of us was the greater fool?

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