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?
Analyzing Nietzsche’s “Heaviest Burden” There are really only two fundamental stances on the nature of existence that can be taken: the first and most popular is that everything in existence was created from nothing a very, very long time ago, and eventually everything will return to nothing again some time in the future. There are… Read More Why Eternal Recurrence is Inevitable
And, How the Migrant Crisis is a Test of European Strength If you weren’t already aware, the number of Islamic migrants flooding into Europe now and over the past few years has been unprecedented. Over 1.3 million have entered Europe from Africa and the Middle East in 2015 alone, with many more promised to come.… Read More “Vigor Grows Through a Wound”
Introduction: Thrust through fronded forests thrice Outside Utslag, Frierk fights Breaking beasts as cats to mice Skimming living from the ice! 1. A young king’s son Frierk was born Yet long before he learned to mourn His father, King, acquired scorn From jealous kin, his loyal-sworn. Frierk’s father’s body rode The quick’ning current of the… Read More The Saga of Frierk (alliterative verse)
Erik’s grandparents gave him those records. Beethoven and Chopin… Bach and Brahms and Strauss and Wagner (although he never really liked Wagner much). He had hundreds and hundreds of symphonies written by the greatest classical composers and performed by the very best orchestras. All of them were there, piled into a glorious pyramid of gasoline-soaked… Read More The Classical (A short story)
Shape is possibly one of the most expansive and yet basic concepts conceivable to human beings, and Michael Fried makes an interesting analysis of it in his paper Art and Objecthood. Fried states, “Shape has also been central to the most important painting of the past several years,” but what great work of art has… Read More The Shape of Modern Art
An individual who is fairly popular and well-liked among his peers due to his intelligence, writing ability, and most of all, his near-pathological selflessness and altruism, recently posted an article that is meant to describe the concept of “privilege” (as almost exclusively applied to “straight white males”) by way of an anecdotal analogue. The article… Read More “Equality feels like oppression.”