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

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

March 15, 2015

On the ides of March

I, too, brutally stabbed you,
for being better than i — now
peace and reason rule instead;
but hope, dear God, has fled!

March 9, 2015

Lord God, do not disappear
until we have learned to replace
you. Teach us, we pray: What is better
than seeking your face? — Then
we may find you once more.

March 7, 2015

Why do we kill the goose and keep the cat? — Because predators flock together? Or are birds without feathers just better?

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February 22, 2015

Being and time

In Hebrew, unlike English, you face the past: the future lies at your back, like the rower on a boat or half the travelers on a train. But these languages lead us astray, for the past is as distant as the future, and the human soul (at present) as homebound as it is myopic.


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