This is the first lecture that lays the groundwork for connecting the moral ideal of Authenticity to the work of Hannah Arendt. This lecture was given on January 31, and it introduces some of the essential features of Hannah Arendt's "The Human Condition", and explores her concept of Labour in the private realm. It suggests … Continue reading Hannah Arendt: Labour and the Colonization of the Private Realm
Not only will the claim to innocence by Afghani collaborators be their greatest danger, but it will also be ours too. For out of seeming self-protection and a war of revenge, we have taken on moral obligations that we have no capability of meeting.
Technocratic rationality, then, needs to be recognized as a feature of mass society and as a systemic threat to our freedom, and its oligarchic substitution of a human artifice for a real-world with unmarked graves; the original sin of assuming that man is the measure of all things, makes its appearance there. It makes its appearance in the controlling of society to restore the economy - an oligarchic and technocratic rationale so obvious that it is surprising there isn’t more protest.
...quietly observing what the conflict is doing to you before you can ponder the opposite, what you might do to it. Rather than be active, you have to slow down and see what moves in and around you. ‘A lot of it is about listening,’ says Herbert, ‘listening to people, but also listening to yourself to find your balance.’
"...experiences of inequality are built-in to the human artifice and are not merely happenings of our experience, but constitutive features of it - a mechanics very similar to corruption."
In the following talk, given May 20, 2021, I was happy to share much of my research on Authenticity as a moral ideal, following the work of Charles Taylor. However, I find that Taylor's work is slightly unstructured. It takes the work of someone with more political training - Hannah Arendt - to provide the … Continue reading Recorded Public Talk: Authenticity in Times of Uncertainty
When I was in late elementary school, I sinned against my childhood friend, one of three close friends I had at the time. His father and my father were deans of the university in my hometown, but of different faculties. I had overheard a conversation my father had and the topic was his father. My … Continue reading A Remedy for Incongruence
After the most unique, and commonly-experienced year in our lifetimes, the widespread experience of burnout is upon us. Like many people reading this, I also feel burned out. In my case, as a teacher and writer, my work exists as a constant pressure; it sits in my mind even when I shut off my computer. … Continue reading Unique Burnout; Unique Recovery
"the seeming destruction of context is the modus operandi of a more inclusive background which could provide both meaning and beauty to our lives."