Posts Tagged ‘free will’

Charity Requires Relationship

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

If I give to my fellow human being, but do so involuntarily, he will eventually know.  If I give to my fellow human being, but do so to satisfy my own ego, seeing him only as a statistic or a project or an inferior or a stereotype or member of a group, he will eventually know. (more…)

On “Knowing”

Monday, December 21st, 2009

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” –Paul

“The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.” –Ezekiel

(SPOILERS AHEAD) I just watched the recent Proyas film Knowing again with my seven-year-old son, Hal.  Within the first 30 minutes, prior to any big-scale CGI destruction, he had it pegged as a sci-fi film, and the strange men in black coats as aliens.  Later, at the first mention of solar flares, he predicted that humanity would have to go underground to survive.  A few minutes thereafter, and well ahead of the big reveal, he spoke up again saying that the whispering aliens were moving to save a select few breeding pairs to take to a safer planet.  How Hal followed the movie so closely, says nothing of the plot’s originality (it is quite original), but much about my son, and much about the mood and logic of the time he was born into.  As the film’s final shot faded, my son sighed, “I LOVE THIS MOVIE.”  The feeling’s mutual. (more…)

What’s Memetics, Game Theory, Free Will, and Transfinite Math Got to Do with It?

Monday, August 18th, 2008

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it? What’s love, but a sweet old-fashioned notion?” –Tina Turner

I’ve previously spent a lot of digital ink exploring the nature of love. And I’m fairly confident that most of what I wrote holds together and offers a nucleus of wisdom or ethical knowledge, with a platinum and golden rule at the core. But humanity has been discussing the nature of love for millennia; the real task seems, to me, not just to establish a firm and credible and inspiring sense of what love is, but also to establish some firm theoretical connection between this wisdom and the realm of hard science and analysis and math. (more…)

Whole & One: Integrity, Intrapersonal Love, and the Two Perfections of the Lover

Monday, May 12th, 2008

“A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.” – Charles Evans Hughes (more…)

I & Thou: Wisdom, Interpersonal Love, and the Two Roles of Love

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” –Jesus “Not Quintana” Christ (more…)

God Willing, God Forbid, and a Third Thing Altogether

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

“I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumours,
But I think that God’s got a sick sense of humor,
And when I die, I expect to find him laughing.”

–Depeche Mode, “Blasphemous Rumours”

Theologians call it the problem of evil, or the mystery of iniquity… if God’s all-knowing and all-powerful and good, why do things like ebola virus, the holocaust, and televangelists exist? (more…)