Against Disembodied Ideas

If the institutions of democracy and capitalism are to work properly, they must coexist with certain premodern cultural habits that ensure their proper functioning. Law, contract, and economic rationality provide a necessary but not sufficient basis for both the stability and prosperity of post-industrial societies; they must as well be leavened with reciprocity, moral obligation,... Continue Reading →

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Mental Anguish: Ancient & Modern

There exists a tribe of angry militant atheists (AMA's) who appear to regard the sacred scriptures of the world as a kind of extended true/false quiz. By which I mean that they assume that if a proposition or story contained within the texts cannot be proved as certain, in the same way that one can... Continue Reading →

Memory, Impermanence & Love

Man, according to his nature, is not capable of abandoning suddenly all to which he was accustomed (Guide for the Perplexed III:32) A photograph taken in 2010 and showing four Middle Eastern rulers standing together smiling and exuding complacent self-confidence was reposted in 2017 after all four of them had been overthrown and two of... Continue Reading →

Evil & the Human Will

There is probably a popular consensus that some acts can be called 'good' and others 'evil.' Further, it is believed, that prior to any such morally charged action being performed a positive movement of the Will must take place. That is, a fully conscious determination is formed and from this the act flows, or at... Continue Reading →

On Political Correctness

Back in the 1980’s I was a young Marxist and so was in at the ground floor of what is now called political correctness. Probably as a result of this I've always had something of a soft spot for it. Indeed the proposition upon which it rests is perfectly reasonable. As I understand it, it... Continue Reading →

On the Nature of the Human Self

In an earlier post I suggested that the one article of belief which everyone in the West is expected to sign up to goes something like this- Each individual has a duty, which is also an inalienable right, to achieve the greatest possible degree of self-realisation or self-fulfillment provided that in doing so they harm no... Continue Reading →

Modesty As A Male Virtue

Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16) There is an idea that the word 'modesty' only applies to women and specifically to their clothing choices. Associated with that is a further idea that... Continue Reading →

In Defence of Mansplaining

As is often the case with memes born on social media mansplaining started of with one particular meaning but swiftly morphed into something rather different. In its original manifestation it was a nicely observed and humorous account of a demonstrable phenomenon which had the possibility of effecting long overdue personal change in its uncomfortable targets.... Continue Reading →

The Twittermob as a One Trick Pony

It is a feature of our era that the old fashioned, slow motion, ordeal of Trial by Tabloid has been replaced by the much swifter process of Conviction by Social Media. The ritual is by now well established; once a critical mass of outraged tweeters has been reached the object of execration shall, sometimes within hours, be... Continue Reading →

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