IMPERIUM POETICA A brief generalization of modern poetry: When it comes to poetry (and art in general), we live in a post-apocalyptic world. All of the old traditions and values have been so thoroughly destroyed and rejected that only the ancient ruins of the past remain, and nobody seems to remember the old style. This… Read More Imperium Poetica
The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien Considering that John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was, by far, the best-selling writer of the 20th century, it is puzzling that his poetry is not usually given a more serious look. Perhaps the reason Tolkien’s poetic works are very often skipped over when considering the modernist and… Read More Tolkien’s “The Fall of Arthur” – an anti-modern masterpiece
I was raised “Irish-Catholic” by my father, and essentially Norse-pagan by my mother. Every other weekend, my dad would pick me up for visitation and take me to church on Sunday. He even got me to go into CCD, basically a catholic indoctrination course for kids, and I remember graduating and getting my first communion…… Read More On the taming of the Vikings
I began as a liberal existentialist. The first “philosophical” book I ever read was “The Stranger” by Camus and that sent me on a hunt for more information about existentialism. Soon coming dangerously close to nihilism, I realized that meaning and value do not have their origins anywhere external to human beings– that it is… Read More My Journey From Liberal Egalitarian to Traditional Exceptionalist
Advantages aren’t always advantageous and certainly not guarantees. Some ills are not to all people contagious, Rarely in life are there equalities. Only in minds of the heartsore and broken, Only by wish and behest Are people converted to standardized tokens so nobody’s worst and nobody is best. . . . I wrote this while… Read More No guarantees — a new short poem
As I explain in the video, this will be a semi-daily video log of my reflections as a philosophy student. In this first Coarse Discourse, I begin rambling about why my Muslim professor might like Kant’s ethics so much. Then I paint Marx’s and Hegel’s theories of history with broad brushes, and explain why I think… Read More Coarse Discourse I – Islam, Kant, Marx, Hegel & History
We do not often question why things were given their particular names, because often they are of no significance… but today while browsing Wikipedia on pages about Baha’i faith, I came across a masters thesis written by a Canadian named Jonah Winters called Dying for God: Martyrdom in the Shii and Babi Religions. In the… Read More Why do we call Islam “Islam” instead of Muhammadanism?