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"They were steps for me, and I climbed them; to do it, I had to get over them--but they thought I wanted to rest on them" (Nietzsche).
DOWN AT THE PIRAEUS


You will learn how to lie still.
When the room is still.
Quiet.
Quiet like death.
Like the room in your heart.
Vacated by joy.
Abandoned by God.
Robbed of life.
You will learn how to listen.
When you only hear your mind.
Its taunts and insults.
Its provocations.
Its pity.
It will be tempting to give up:
It is so easy to give up.
There will be no reason not to give up.
To fight and quiet all devils.
They will tempt you. 
You will almost believe them if you listen.
Don't listen to the noonday demons.


You will learn how to see.
Darkness visible.
Through the grey.
Through the eclipse of all celestial lights.
The crepuscular nights.
Of the smiles of the stars.
Of the earth.
No flower shall bloom nor child grow
From now on, nothing will grow because there is no light.
(All life need light. All light give life.)
There will be times when nothing will move
Or quiver or breathe or sigh or dance.
Nothing moves when there is no light. 
No one sees without light.
So you will learn how to see the dark.
The man…

Fear of Land

In the water the turtle becomes a bird.         --Albert Camus






I'd just like to stay in the study or in the classroom rather than go out to the city hall or offices where real people do real work--all so serious, all so formal. I sometimes feel that all that I have been doing was to play--inside the mind and with those of students and readers, where there are no consequences nor applications. The greatest fear I've had was confronting the question if all this had been the desire to remain a student, safe inside the friendly (well, for the most part) confines of a school and guarded from dirty reality, just taking the other end of the classroom but still remaining in it. I do not know how to write SPAs or get CTCs though I know a little about the history of metaphysics and some Plato; I stress over going to meetings with men and women who I know have their own agenda because I am wont to believe them because I sympathize and try to understand them, thinking that if I were in the…

Of Invisible Friends

Aristotle said that the man who has everything but doesn't have friends will would not wish to go on living. To a certain extent, that is true. But why? Because friendship cannot be separated from leisure, which in itself, like sustenance and sleep, is necessary to bear a life. We can spend our "leisure time," to be sure, with family and relatives; however, the time spent with friends would be different from that. How so?

Having a family--a wife, children, or your own father and mother, siblings, etc.--still demands from you responsibility; it happens sometimes that even the time we spend with them is necessary, that is, it may become an obligation for a man to bring his family out to lunch every so often, or to a vacation when the children are on a school break. Holidays usually require family calls, etc. And no matter how great and enjoyable that time spent with family, it can be one's greatest treasure, of course--but there is still some obligation to be with the…

Lecture on Time and Love: How it is Possible to Make Promises

I.Problem of Promises a.   What do we mean when we say “I will love you forever”? b.Promises:                              i.   Not I will try to love you; not a We’ll see                              ii.  Certain: I love you today and I will love you tomorrow. c.Problem: But how can we be certain of that?                               i.   We do not know what will happen tomorrow                               ii.   Knowledge and certainty: only based on past and present                                          1.Past: already finished, fixed, I possess it 2.   Present: I feel it, it is here, I have it. 3.   But the future? I have not yet experienced it, I still do not know, I do not have it.                               iii.   So how can I promise something that I still do not know? How can I promise to give what I do not have? d.Problem with forever                                i.   Negative concepts: what we experience are temporal things, things that begin and end; Aristotle: time as durati…

Supernova (Revised)

I have died everyday
Waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I’ll love you for a
Thousand more —Cristina Perri, “A Thousand Years” 

What makes it possible to say that I have loved someone for a thousand years, and that I will continue to love a thousand more?
What makes it possible for me to stretch time, even break its limits, that is, to destroy it, in order to say and mean that my love overcomes time and its horizon? At bottom, and I have asked this a thousand times or more: Why can love suspend and more so transgress the universal law and preordained rule of time which can be neatly but cruelly summarized as “all things come to an end”—even the good ones (especially the good ones), and those that at one time seemed would be able to stand “the test of time” and go on to last forever? At stake here is this: If love be beholden to time, what becomes of it? Can love still claim what it claims and offer what it offers—its unto death do us parts, its…

Question to the Reader Two

Imagine a room without windows and doors. Someone asks you if there is someone inside. 


You do not hear anything. You cannot enter the room to find out for yourself. There is literally no way for you to know. 


Is someone there?


Does it make much sense to believe there is someone inside--out of faith? Is this what faith in God is like?



The Jealous God

In Scripture, God enters the human drama wearing different masks (persona). To a confused audience he introduces himself by many names: the God of Israel, of Jacob, of Abraham; the Most High and the Mighty One; Yahweh; our Lord, our Master, our Banner. But one name which God takes is a rather curious one. In different occasions He calls Himself the "Jealous God."

One important instance he calls Himself such was when He gave Moses his commandments in Exodus 20:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
     You shall have no other gods before me.
     You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love m…

Question to the Reader

What is the difference between a silent god and a god which does not exist?