One of the narrators of “Birding,” the one whose biography most closely resembles mine, spent a few years living in close proximity to the fabled Pacific Coast Highway, aka California Route 1, not far from the area called Big Sur. This is the place where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the ocean with skin-on-skin intimacy, […]
Nature is an inside with no outside. Our methods of observation and selective attention create the illusion of boundaries, but in order for Nature to have the meaning that naturalism gives it, we must also recognize its boundlessness. We must see at as the One from which many have come as opposed to an assembled collection of many.
If your ego is the main character at the center of your unique “I am” story, your soul is what your character experiences as it starts to suspect that it is being played by an actor. This experience makes no sense in the context created within the walls of the stage, but something tells you nonetheless that it’s true, that when the curtain falls on this stage, you, the actor, will persist.
Biden’s victory is a stopgap that will halt our fast decline into something worse, like catching hold of a tree or a ledge as you’re sliding down a mountain. The next task is to get on our feet and climb toward something better than we are now, something that more resembles a true social democracy. We have to understand that Biden and the DNC establishment will now be among the opposition for this task.
A couple recent Facebook interactions have me thinking more intently about my most recent e-book, “Spiritual Anarchism: An Introduction.” To my surprise, I’ve found more evidence than expected of people with a nuanced view of theology and spirituality following anarchist pages. On the other hand, I’ve seen that the political philosophy of anarchism still suffers […]
Perennialism itself is neutral regarding methodological naturalism and the products of the scientific method. They are two distinct lenses looking at the universe in different ways for different purposes. Omniperennialism on the other hand does have some overlap with science, and holds contemporary science to be one of the important theological languages by which humankind […]
Note: this was originally posted on Not Two’s Facebook page, scheduled to run the morning of 1/5/20 amidst the drumbeat of war with Iran. I wanted to make sure it would go down on my permanent record as well. Not Two’s home office is located in a part of Earth occupied by a right-wing terror […]
We all know that every movement needs a good slogan, and anarchism has a few. There are two that stand out to me as exemplary of their respective facets of the philosophy, which I took the liberty of intertwining to show how an integrated anarchism of spiritual insight and political action would present itself. Let’s […]
We cannot expect an atomized individual self to relent on its need to desire freedom and control the other, paradoxical as those needs may be, as long as the other feels like an imminent threat to the only life it knows. Spiritual anarchism needs to defuse the threat first.
The ego entices the individual to place their interests above all others, but conscience does not play such games of favoritism. It places the individual’s interests within all others, and observes a homeostatic principle of ecology rather than egocentricity. With the aid of conscience (as with all intuitive mental functions), we can think in holistic ethical systems, not just fragmented segments as the ego does.