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What is Plato’s form of the good? If I were a rationalist, I might say that good is the being of being that exceeds all being. It is our notion of the cause of everything, which some call (good – o) = god. But since I’m not, I won’t.


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I began making pictures a long time ago. In fact, they gave me my first camera when I was four. Right away, my father says I took pictures of people that showed the whole person, instead of cutting off their feet or their heads. When I was ten I learned to process film and print from the negatives. That’s when I discovered I liked line, shape, light and texture. The subject matter is not as important to me. I don’t really care if you know what your looking at. Or if you like it. I just want you to look again.


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The short movie “The Overview Effect” has had a profound impact on many viewers. I suspect it is because like the astronauts who gaze in awe back at the earth, we too are deeply moved by the data of our senses. Our senses that for the first time see the lights of major cities echoed in the myriad thunderstorms spread out over a continental massif– nature’s lights and humanity’s lights brought together over staggering distances. Connections made that could not be previously visualized. Our community re-described on a planetary, or galactic, continuum. When you see connections on this scale, with your own eyes—how can anything ever be the same again?



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I suspect we tell stories about noumenal (divine) love just because we realize its earth bound rarity.


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Rationalism is the age old project of trying to defend the truth of words. It has appeared again and again throughout western history in various guises. For example, the verificationism of the logical positivists can be re-described as simply an alternative (“a posteriori”) method of anchoring words to an objective reality. This is why they loved the picture theory of language presented in the Tractatus. But they did not understand that Wittgenstein was in fact writing an intellectual Trojan horse designed from beginning to end to attack all forms of logical rationalism. As if he meant to say, look: the project was just as empty when it began as it was when I finished it.



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Have regret or love ever changed the world? Or has it been deeds, actions, efforts that have done that?



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From my perspective the origins of holy communion in the Christian tradition are exactly opposite to what is currently practiced. When Jesus of Nazareth asked his followers to repeat the ceremony of the Passover each year remembering him and examining themselves, he was not asking them to set up a priestly ceremony of submission and obedience. In fact I believe he was saying just the opposite. I believe he was saying that when the time comes each year to remember how Yahweh saved you, don’t look to the priests. Look to the bread. It is ordinary. It is with us daily. It is a memory of compassion and salvation. It is love.



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