Philosophically

The Problem with Heaven

I think we have to consider the possibility that the church may be fibbing when they tell us about heaven. To clarify, by: church- I am referring to all forms of religion which propose an afterlife in paradise.The problem, as I understand it, is if you or I were to find ourselves in a place where all our problems had been resolved, a utopia where we knew only bliss, where all the problems we have, ever had or ever [...]

Is suffering a legitimate form of human expression?

I heard some disturbing news yesterday. A member of my family, a cousin, was the victim of unprovoked violence and through this assault he was seriously hurt. Coincidently (as if there is such a thing) I also attended the funeral service of a woman yesterday, who died at a young age after suffering terribly from cancer for the last few years. A few months ago I wrote the following email to my cousin who was the victim of the recent assault. [...]

Is it Real or just in my Head?

The Objective vs. Subjective ParadoxWe are looking specifically at the Objective vs. Subjective paradox with respect to discovering the meaning of our lives. Let’s start off by clearly defining the question: The philosophical debate Objective- independently verifiable, reproducible, collectively true Subjective-concerned with me only, as seen through my unique filters   1. Is there such a thing as objective reality? Meaning, does a reality exist independently of our perception of it? In philosophy this kind of objectivity is referred to as Objective Realism or [...]

In Search of the Transcendental

The more I read and the more I see the more I am persuaded as to the inescapability of Albert Camu’s metaphor for human existence of Sisyphus’s inexorable fate. As a teenager I read Desmond Morris’s Naked Ape and was amused by the zoologist’s study of man as an animal species. It was only much later as an adult that the grim truth of this analogy became apparent to me. I was once struck by the thought of how mankind [...]

Cyril Coetzee offers a possible solution to the, Subjective vs. Objective-Perspective, Paradox

I recently had the privilege of joining a study group, led by Cyril Coetzee, reading Theosophy. The book, by the founder of Anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner, is described as, An introduction to the supersensible knowledge of the world and the destination of man. To open the bottle by breaking its neck, let me state the heart of the matter and amplify it from there. In his exegesis of the text Mr. Coetzee made the following point on the issue of the subjective [...]