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Posted on September 17th, 2019
Two Japanese archers take aim at a target, circa 1897.
Aims Focus Perceptions
Your hypothalamus sets your basic aims. This focuses your perceptions. If you are hungry and you walk out of your office and into the kitchen, the world is going to set it self up around your aim.
This sheds light on the relationship between ethics and perception. If you are hungry, what you tend to see are all those things relevant to you acquiring ...
Posted on November 2nd, 2018
Bacchus (Dionysus), god of wine, emerges with his followers. Falling in love with Ariadne on first sight, he leaps from his chariot, drawn by two cheetahs, towards her. Ariadne had been abandoned on the Greek island of Naxos by Theseus, whose ship is shown in the distance. The picture shows her initial fear of Bacchus, but he raised her to heaven and turned her into a constellation, represented by the stars above her head.
Posted on May 1st, 2018
Hayek’s The Fatal Conceit
The "micro-cosmos" in the "macro-cosmos".
The idea of Socialism is at once grandiose and simple… We may say, in fact, that it is one of the most ambitious creations of the human spirit,… so magnificent, so daring, that it has rightly aroused the greatest admiration. If we wish to save the world from barbarism we have to refute Socialism, but we cannot thrust it carelessly aside.
Ludwig von Mises
Posted on April 26th, 2018
Mercury and Psyche by Reinhold Begas (1878). Psyche was granted immortality by Jupiter and forgiven by Venus. The messenger god Mercury went down and took Psyche up to Mount Olympus, where she was reunited with her lover. Mercury Abducting Psyche personifies two concepts: Art and Genius. This signifies that Art raises Genius to immortality.
Reality as a Game Played Out Over and Over Again
What is the Cold War?
This is essentia...
Posted on April 3rd, 2018
Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family: Shiva and Parvati, cradling Skanda with Ganesha by Shiva's side. This image represents the Axis Mundi, or the Cosmic axis, which represents the "connection between Heaven and Earth" or the "higher and lower realms".
The Story of Jacob
The story of Jacob, later Israel (he who struggles with God).
After serving his time with his uncle Laban, and being deceived by him in the most karmic o...
Posted on March 15th, 2018
Venus and Adonis by Titian (1554). Venus and Adonis is also a narrative poem by Shakespeare. The poem tells the story of Venus, the goddess of Love; of her unrequited love; and of her attempted seduction of Adonis, an extremely handsome young man, who would rather go hunting.
Perfection vs. wholeness. Superheroes and archetypal heroes. How to balance intimacy and work. Limits of comedy. Free Speech.
What is the history of the h...
Posted on March 7th, 2018
Pay attention, or else
Mythologies as Compression Algorithms
The materialistic view cannot tell us anything about consciousness.
Plato proposed that all knowledge was remembering. We do not believe that today because we believe that we gather knowledge as consequence of contact in with world. But there are some things that are predicated on this idea remembering since it strikes such a deep cord.
Models of the world that includ...
Posted on March 5th, 2018
Origins for Redemption
The question we ask ourselves is why are we here? We are here to search for meaning. Why is this something that drives human beings? Other animals do not seem to have this level of questioning. So what is it about humans? It has been associated with the word redemption.
People have the need for redemption.
Having a need for redemption is a profound idea. People talk about positive psychology and happiness...
Posted on February 27th, 2018
The Battle of the Milvian Bridge (1520–24) by Giulio Romano. Roman politics after the Emperor Diocletian abdicated in AD 305 was confusingly complicated as emperors and deputy emperors of the West and of the East contended for power. The Battle of the Milvian Bridge was one of a succession of victories that in AD 324 made Constantine master of the entire Roman Empire, but it is most famous for its link with his conversion to Christia...
Posted on February 24th, 2018
* Material reality versus the nature of being.
* Carl Jung and John Boyd regarding information, reality, orientation, and never having the ability to explain a system by looking into it because the nature of learning about the system changes your orientation.
* Seeking truth versus the other thing that is explained.
* Ideas have people versus people having ideas (from Carl Jung)
* Fractal localism and why the little act...
Posted on February 22nd, 2018
Virtue encompasses and extends beyond moral and religious contexts.
The ideas transcend reality through compelling stories. The necessity of virtue is both for the individual and for society.
The Origins of Virtue
You cannot understand what makes a virtue until you modulate what constitutes being. Modern people are fundamentally materialistic. And there is some utility in that. We are masters of material transformation. And th...
Posted on February 21st, 2018
Apollo and Diana Attacking the Children of Niobe by Jacques-Louis David (1772). Niobe, the queen of Thebes, shelters her youngest daughter from Apollo and Diana‘s arrows. The queen’s thirteen other children lie wounded or dead in the painting’s foreground. This violent scene, drawn from a 1st-century Roman poem, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, illustrates Niobe’s punishment for boasting of her own power and fertility and for refusing to pay ho...