Existential Alphabet

Wrote this several years ago and was reminded of it today:  Existential Alphabet A is for Angst, that Dizzying Freedom B is for Being, its Possibility and its Tedium C is for the Character of Conscience as Call D is for Dasein, almost Any Existence at All E is for Existential, it’s What We Are  And EContinue reading “Existential Alphabet”

Monks brewing beer & insight

I’ve had the great joy of spending two weeks in 2016 and then again in 2018 in Norcia, Italy participating in programs of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies – an organization dedicated to the promotion of sacred theology undertaken according to the mind and method of the great scholastics.

How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality

The newly republished book by Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Art of Living, includes two beautiful essays by his widow, Alice, on the topics of communion and hope. The chapter on communion is marvellous and incisive. She begins by discussing the various crises of communion in our contemporary society. There are different types of solitude. SometimesContinue reading “How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality”

Jordan Peterson: Choose friends who “punish you carefully”

The third rule from Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is: Make friends with people who want the best for you. It is a rather somber chapter during which he takes the reader to his small hometown of Fairview in northern Alberta where, he says, “it was no easy matterContinue reading “Jordan Peterson: Choose friends who “punish you carefully””