From where does love originate? Many thinkers have attempted to pin down its cause, but whether it be romantic or platonic, from where love originates remains elusive and amorphous. In one of the most beautiful descriptions of love, Michel de Montaigne left the cause of his friendship with Étienne de La Boétie firmly in the […]
I have been playing this phone game called Homescapes by the company Playrix which has caused me to think of how, in some ways, it brings to light issues related to why we do the things we do and the nature of reality. The premise of the game is that you are trying to help […]
What if the natural world were seen as something more than mechanistic matter obeying a theory of survival?
How much more rich would our relationships be
if they were based in goodness or kindness rather than justice or, even worse, dogmatic behavior which only can lead to chaos?
What can the story arcs of Disney characters tell us about existential concerns?Read More
Young people bear the brunt of many blanketed accusations related to behavior. An especially common one is that they spend all their time mindlessly absorbed in their phones. The trend of staring into cell phones is, of course, not strictly reserved to kids; I see plenty of adults of all ages staring into that magical […]Read More
Note: this essay was written in the summer of 2018. Going on a trip to “find yourself” after an emotionally traumatic event is a venerable old cliche, yet it happened to me. It was not on purpose and I did not recognize until some years later, but visiting Oxford in 2008 for three weeks as […]Read More
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By Maddie Keyser – Why do we bother preserving any rare materials in the first place? What is the value in using an original rather than a digitized copy or modern editions?Read More
By Josh Petersen – Testimony, I think, defines in part what it means to be human — to cooperatively and socially understand the difficult and massive world around us. When we lose that ability, we also lose a part of what makes us human, what makes us social creatures.Read More
By Lillian Rutledge – In Albert Camus’ The Stranger, an existentialist novel, the sun causes Meursault to lose his sanity and his compassion, but it isn’t until the sun actually sets that he experiences this loss; specifically in jail following his trial, Meursault becomes distraught with God, with life in general, and feels as if […]Read More