Posts under ‘Ontology’

The void of the self

That which has infinite need will consume infinite amounts of what is around it. Not only black holes but many objects in your life fit this criterion. Alcoholism, rage, misery, self-pity… the list goes on. But the most common void is the self. When leaders proclaim equality, they have created a cause. A cause then…

Why conservatives should remain secular

Conservatives must feel the temptation to join the religious movement opposed to modernity. It withdraws from the world, has unity and a clear purpose. Many are tempted to state that the origin of conservatism rests in religion. I discourage this approach and encourage instead that we remain secular. Secular, in the oldest sense, means simply…

An awareness campaign to erode your mind

I have a simple formula for man: if you want to gain something, you must lose something. For thousands of years man’s entire life revolved around gaining. One could not gain enough food given the uncertainty of the future. Now obesity is the problem, not starvation. Thus we do something that is completely at odds…

The goal is the soul

Considering the death knell of civilization sounded here on Amerika, it may seem paradoxical that what we really want is in fact civilization itself. The paradox is only skin deep, however. What we are pointing out is that what we have now in the modern West is in fact not civilization at all but the…

What it means to be secular

In our time that is unnerved by any hint of life beyond the physical, the term “secular” has changed definition. It now means: completely removed from religion, based in materialism and the related arguments and nothing else. Originally it meant something far more benign, which was “you don’t need religion to appreciate this.” That in…

Dharma

Christianity doesn’t get many things right, and doesn’t do many things well. One thing it really does get right, though, is transforming the simple into the impenetrably complex. And one thing, that it does really well, is drive its adherents away, in droves. Why is this? Why do former Christians, and nominal Christians, fall so…

Life simulator

The human brain is actually a life-simulator. Did you know? It runs simulations of what could happen in real life. What would happen, if… But people have largely forgotten it is only a simulation, and has, in itself, no life. They concern themselves with gathering ever more data to input, in order to run the…

Free will and fate

The denial of free will is a curious thing. One almost has to wonder why there would be a question in the first place. I suppose it is because we all have limitations and therefore construe that we are not “free.” On the other hand, when one overcomes a challenge, we realize we are capable…

The End of Logic

Logic has held a special place in Western philosophy since the time of Aristotle and Plato. It depends upon logical language, which is words having specific, exact, and agreed-upon meanings. It also depends upon an agreed set of assumptions about the basic nature of things. For a long time, logic was more or less dependable….

In Memorial of H.P. Lovecraft, the Philosopher of Terror

Howard P. Lovecraft died March 15th, 1937 and his fiction about the terror of the great beyond is less of a fantasy and more of a warning. The predominant philosophers of the 19th century spent their time imagining and theorizing about the limits of our world and the extent to which we humans can explore…

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