Category: Ideas and Reflections

The Crow

Where you climb, he soars —
waiting for you in welcome,
or mocking your pains?

Dark wings remind you
that you have struggled all day,
and night is coming.

If you reached the top,
he would be gone, you sense — to
tempt you to new strains….

Numbers vs. Reality

There is no truth in numbers. Numbers are facts. Truth is not about facts. Proof of what I mean by this may be found in a brief examination of a headline making the rounds of the global progressive propaganda wing (i.e., news media) today, as in this example from the BBC: “Coronavirus: Covid-19 death toll hits 500,000 worldwide.” What is your reaction to...

Reminders of Thought and Life

From the entry on “Bird” in Cirlot’s A Dictionary of Symbols: Every winged being is symbolic of spiritualization. The bird, according to Jung, is a beneficent animal representing spirits or angels, supernatural aid, thoughts and flights of fancy. Hindu tradition has it that birds represent the higher states of being. To quote a passage from the Upanishads: ‘Two birds, inseparable companions, inhabit the...

The Tyrannical Soul: An Observation

A summary of the private life of the potential tyrant, or “tyrannical soul,” from Plato’s Republic, Book IX: “When these men are in private life, before they rule, aren’t they like this: in the first place, as to their company, either they have intercourse with their flatterers, who are ready to serve them in everything, or, if they have need of anything from...

I Wanna Be Like Culturally Insensitive Jungle Animals

In keeping with today’s spirit of Marxist death squad cultural annihilation, a UK movie service, Sky, has added content warnings to old movies the company has deemed contain “outdated attitudes, language, and cultural depictions which may cause offence today.” The litmus test case being publicized to demonstrate the kind of content now judged “outdated” (by people who believe they know the absolute moral...

The Infinite Reach of Rational Souls

Nobody hears what you are saying. Nobody sees what you are seeing. Nobody senses what you are feeling, or would understand why you feel that way if they did sense it. Has there ever been a lonelier time than today? Indeed, how many of us fully realized before today that a time can be lonely? I am not talking about subjective time, of...

Sometimes I feel like this…

We are living in the proverbial “interesting times.” To say the world is in a state of flux would be absurdly generous. The world is in a state of freefall. Nothing will stop this fall now, until, inevitably, we hit the ground. And having lost the use of our wings, due to rampant materialism and generations of spiritual lockdown, we have no civilizational...

A Black Life That Matters

I am not a collectivist. Nor am I in the least bit inclined, either by philosophic temperament or by close observation of current civilizational trends, to believe that there are very many lives today — black, white, yellow, or mauve — that “matter” in the big scheme of things. In any case, those lives which do matter will always be the lives of...

Empedocles and Us

Empedocles is the only evolutionist whose theory impresses me in the least, because he is the only one who is rational enough not to imagine he is describing a rectilinear development, and expansive enough not to harbor any self-flattering hidden premise that he is living in an “advanced” stage of the process he describes. On the contrary, he saw all too clearly what...

Friends and Distance: A Musing for An Age of Isolation

I have friends I have never met face to face whom I would trust with all my money. Meanwhile, very few of the “friends” I have made through the normal social accidents of my life have ever been more than useful or pleasant acquaintances in the end — “nice,” agreeable enough, but lacking the essential kinship of soul that is the essence of...