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Daily Obstruction: Missives from the Undiscovered Country

3 Sep




Missives from the Undiscovered Country


Aches, pain, injuries, hearing loss, impaired vision – these are the messengers of mortality.  How do you receive them?

Daily Obstruction: Philosophers & Monsters

22 Apr



Philosophers & Monsters


The riddle of the Sphynx is the nemesis of the philosopher.  Its essence is time.  Its effect is a plague.  The Sphynx stands before the philosopher as the personification of Nature’s objection to all philosophy.

Daily Obstruction: Via Negativa – Vita Vitalia

16 Apr



Via Negativa Vita Vitalia


Aristotle once asked what the ultimate goal of the human form of life is.  He rejected the aim of “living,” for we humans have that in common with all life and thus that can’t be the unique purpose of human existence.  But why segregate human life from all other forms of life?  From the vantage point of life, the task of life is living.  There is no ultimate achievement; only varying degrees of living vitally.  The impulse of life moves toward living as vitally as one can.  More often than not, this inclination exceeds mere “happiness.”  Often vital living means distress, dis-ease, discomfort, even one’s own demise.  The fact that so many of the words that describe the state beyond happiness involve negative prefixes exemplifies the standpoint from which mankind has developed its vocabulary – from within the realm relative safety, ease, and comfort.  Humans lack a positive word for the ecstatic state of vitalism.

Daily Obstruction: Moksha & Art

21 Feb

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Moksha & Art

It has been said that the power to enlighten others, if not discharged, is like a restless elephant caged by a straw hut.  Conversely, if that power is released to others, it is like draining an aquifer of its water causing it to implode upon itself.  Is not the creative process akin to this power to enlighten?

Daily Obstruction: Good Health

4 Feb



  אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶת הָאָדָם


There’s a Jewish prayer that gives thanks for fashioning us with “many openings and many hollows. . . .  If even one of them ruptures, or if even one of them becomes blocked, it would be impossible to survive (even for a short period).”  Some obstructions are beyond us while simultaneously within us.  No matter what obstruction faces you externally, give thanks for good health while you have it.  And if you do not have it, know that this too is a daily obstruction.  My one of your internal openings be open to the thought of that.