Philosophy

You Are God Who? … Me?

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  By William T. Hathaway The statement "You are God" seems an absurd and presumptuous blasphemy, so it needs to be clarified. According to pantheism, it's not just you who are God; all of us are...

The Math of Love

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I was sitting at my kitchen table and was annoyed when I heard the knock on the door because I was playing a computer game I had nearly won. I opened the front door...

Don’t Quarrel by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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DON’T QUARREL Who do you argue with? The Practice: Don’t quarrel. Why? It’s one thing to stick up for yourself and others. But it’s a different matter to get caught up in wrangles, contentiousness, squabbles . . . in...

Anger and Vengeance from the “JuBuSto” Perspective

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Anger and Vengeance from the “JuBuSto” Perspective Ronald Pies MD   In my last posting, I discussed my ongoing project, “The Three-Petalled Rose,” and its foundational premise that Judaism, Buddhism, and Stoicism have many features, in common....

From The Heart of Philosophy

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2/14/03 THE HEART OF PHILOSOPHY Preface to the J.P. Tarcher Edition   It is something that appears in the eyes, in the face, in the whole tonus of the body. It is unmistakable: an awakening idea has been...

Are Wars Inevitable?

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"We've always had wars. Humans are a warring species. Without an army to defend us, someone will always try to conquer us." These assumptions have become axioms of our culture. They generate despair but also...

I Am a Seeking Mess

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by Ronald Pies MD The French polymath and mystic, Blaise Pascal, famously described the human being as a “thinking reed”. (His observation begins, “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but...

on moses and jesus and the purpose of religion

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"at the beginning it was the encounter...all real life is dialogue" - martin buber will social transformation be a consequence of enlightenment, or is enlightenment a consequence of social transformation? i will argue that both...

What Tevye Knew

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One of my favorite scenes from Fiddler on the Roof  is Tevye's riff on Jews being the Chosen People.  After reminding God that Jews have suffered violence and oppression for being different, he basically...

addendum: on i-it and the god we repress

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god is the between of an i and a thou, and it is precisely this existential dialogue with all that exists, our "essential deed" as buber called it, that which we repress within us...