I began my philosophy challenge last September with the very definite conviction that I must start with the unholy German trinity of Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. Here is how I would describe each: Hegel is like a thick dark, murky, muddy forest. It is almost impossible to maneuver around, and all you really know is… Continue reading Nietzsche is the most formidable. He also is the most redeemable.
For the past decade, I have not been able to describe convincingly the genre into which my writings fit. I am not sure that there is a clean category for them. They seemed at first to be religious, then spiritual, then political, then inspirational, now philosophical, or, a combination of all. In the midst of… Continue reading In fact Friedrich, “God is dead” is dead; this is the point of my writings.
I owe AOC a big apology. After the past election, I warned that we should take her seriously not because of what she was saying, but because of what she represents . My point then was that she needed only to be the symbol, that the DNC would develop her script. I insinuated that she… Continue reading I feel the same affection for Ocasio-Cortez that I do for Nietzsche.
I just downloaded Boethius' The Consolation of Philosophy. The work was written in the 6th century while Boethius was imprisoned by the Arian Emperor Theodoric The Great. It is perhaps the most influential philosophical work of the Middle Ages (the "zeitgeist" in which I live, if you're into that terminology). The patroness of my rational… Continue reading Lady Philosophy
Below is one of Nietzsche's Opus commentaries. It is a powerful artistic depiction of his Übermensch, or Superman. This is a masterpiece of communication. Anyone who has tried to write knows that the struggle is in how to bring what is in the heart and mind to life in the written word. Nietzsche is masterfully… Continue reading We die empty only to live. Nietzsche rises as Superman only to die.
Some time ago I mentioned that despite his antiChrist views, Nietzsche would be my choice for a dinner guest over any other modern era philosopher. He speaks in almost exasperated tones of The Will to Power; however, I see a man who in all reality has more of a "Will to Seek" than a Will… Continue reading Nietzsche wants the Kingdom of Heaven but soars instead under the sun and into the void.
What I love about AOC is the wholesale overturning of Aristotelian thought that has ruled the West for the past eight hundred years. She and her cohort are examples of Platonic reasoning, and it highlights the differences between the two philosophers. All of us lead either with Aristotle or Plato. Libertarian, "Enlightenment," Jeffersonian thought is… Continue reading AOC and the overturning of Aristotelian thought
We are no longer a nation, and that is what's so painful. That's why this is so ugly. Historians years from now will mark the end of America, not as a point in time in our future, but one in our past. We exist today as warring clans who really do not want to live… Continue reading We are no longer a nation – it’s time to restructure
Nietzsche as interpreted in the play, St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother. In his poignant criticism of Christians, Nietzsche makes a stunning point, one that we Christians often prefer to minimize as we point our fingers at others, pronouncing the nearness of their doom should they not also follow the Creed. The playwright places this… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and the pastoral approach of the Post Vatican II Church
It is due to Catholic and Royal France that there is a United States in the first place. We were taught that our Founding Fathers were the bravest of the brave, who selflessly, with blood-bandaged feet and bloodied faces, shed the shackles of serfdom for freedom. But the truth is, without the Catholic and Royal… Continue reading It is due to Catholic and Royal France that there is a United States in the first place.