Archive for the ‘Meaningful/Meaningless’ Category

It is a recurrent pilgrimage, and it is made with propriety, a certain sense of formality. I understand a little more of it each time. I see a little more deeply into the meaning of formality, the formality of meaning. It is a religious experience by and large, natural and appropriate. It is an expression […]

Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or […]

Most people are not for you or against you, they are thinking about themselves. –Beth Anne Fennelly At the end of every road you meet yourself. -SN Behrman Whatever striking things I have done in life, I have not done prompted by reason, but prompted by instinct, I would say, God. Life is not to […]

“Unlike an animal, man is no longer told by drives and instincts what he must do. And in contrast to man in former times, he is no longer told by traditions and values what he should do. Now, knowing neither what he must do nor what he should do, he sometimes does not even know […]

I quoted this essay in my last post, but, having reconsidered its import, I must post it in its entirety. Thomas Mann, written for the radio program “This I believe,” 1951 What I believe, what I value most, is transitoriness. But is not transitoriness–the perishableness of life–something very sad? No! It is the very soul […]

“The world is brutal and cruel, and yet, it is full of divine beauty. To live is to encounter the cold bitterness of authentic suffering. We find ourselves bumping up against meaninglessness all the time. Each action we take, how we encounter each situation. Any yet it is our job to imbue the world with […]