The American Suicide Cult

William Blake’s Illustrations for the Book of Job Anthony Bourdain’s suicide hits me pretty hard in this particular moment. I used to watch his show regularly during my Wilderness years, living in the mountains outside of Santiago de Chile, and struggling with my own depression and suicidal thoughts. At present, I’m living not too far from […]

Radical Attachment

The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics in Opposition to Stoicism and Rome The emotional and spiritual void of post-modern consumer life is leading many in our generation to search the archives of history for philosophical answers to their discontent. The recent surge in the popularity of Stoicism is one example. But like many other spiritual trends in […]

The Unlikely Do-Over

[IMPORTANT NOTE: I take no position on whether Brexit was good or bad, and none of the following is to be construed as favoring Brexit. I am merely providing an objective political analysis of the situation in the aftermath] All this “Brexit might not happen” talk is interesting, and contains elements of truth, but I […]

Grief

Andalusia and me on December 14, 2012 “Change and decay in all around I seeOh Thou who changest not, abide with me.” -Henry Francis Lyte “It is better to go to the house of mourning,than to go to the house of feasting:for that is the end of all men;and the living will lay it to his […]

What I Mean by “Faith”

“Are you religious?” is a question I am often asked, and one that I ask others, too. It would seem that this question has always contained significant signalling power. It is in a sense a way of ask “are you like me? do we have common ground to discuss certain topics, or would a discussion […]