The Cry of the Heart

The 14th century Orthodox bishop Theoleptus gives us the following proposition- The cry of the heart Born of prayer Brings forth Divine love. At one level this is obviously a faith statement. It is also an invitation to carry out an experiment. As such it fits the criteria outlined by the French philosopher Simone Weil... Continue Reading →


On Attention

In 1942 the philosopher Simone Weil wrote- Attention consists of suspending our thought, leaving it detached, empty and ready to be penetrated by the object About a millennium and a half earlier the Christian Orthodox monk Hesychios had similarly written- Attention is unceasing silence of the heart free of all thoughts. One could no doubt... Continue Reading →

Manchester: This Is The Place

And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity. Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever. (This Is The Place by Tony Walsh) Less than a day after dozens of... Continue Reading →

Altruism, Ayn Rand & Simone Weil

Objectivism, the movement started by actress and novelist Ayn Rand, is probably little known outside the USA. Within that country though it has some traction with significant numbers of influential conservative and libertarian minded people who probably have disproportionate influence over US economic and foreign policy. This, of course, makes Objectivism a matter of worldwide... Continue Reading →

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