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Following Your Bliss

“What about happiness?” Bill Moyers asked Joseph Campbell in a television interview. “If I am a young person, and I want to be happy, what do myths tell me about happiness?” “The way to find out about happiness,” answered Campbell, … Continue reading

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On the Road to Holy Wisdom

                                                         As a used bookseller I am often met with requests from young people for Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Usually I don’t have it. I would estimate that I hear four or five requests for every copy that I … Continue reading

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Tissot: Dimensions of a Vision

Belief in God is one thing. The kind of God in whom one believes or does not believe is quite another thing and often more to the point. What is belief in any case? For many, belief is the mental … Continue reading

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The Day’s on Fire: The Edge Is What I Have

“A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon,” commented W. H. Auden, “but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.” And likely enough this is why that outstanding American poet Theodore Roethke (1908 – 1963), … Continue reading

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Computers, Carl Jung, and the Darkness of Mere Being

Jung is right. There is no coming to consciousness without pain. Of late, after long neglect, I have returned to walking through the ravine near our house, descending 89 wooden steps of a switchback that comes to a bridge over a … Continue reading

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Thoreau’s Pathway in the Mind

“Conscience,” writes Karl Barth, “is the perfect interpreter of life”—which gets right to the point, but only when you consider what conscience ought to be, rather than what it too often seems to be: namely, as H. L. Mencken’s thorny … Continue reading

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Tears of Infinite Value

“What makes people patient,” asks Saint Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380), stigmatic, doctor of the Church, patron saint of Europe, counseller to popes and cardinals–whose feast it is today–in one of her numerous letters, “so that they patiently bear … Continue reading

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