On the Evolution of Israel Regardie’s Writing Style

We can observe a clear evolution in Israel Regardie’s writing style from his earlier works to his later ones. “The Tree of Life” is written in the stuffy, sesquipedalian style of a young man trying to prove himself to an older readership. “The Middle Pillar,” in contrast, exemplifies the mature voice of a writer who…

On Humanized Antagonists and Relateable Villains

By Adam J. Pearson In works of literature, film, and videogames, I find most compelling those thoroughly ‘human’ antagonists whose motivations are not only understandable but relatable and who may have perhaps been heroes had they not possessed some psychological feature that turned their life in a trajectory counter to that of the Hero.  “Lost,”…

On Some Words by Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne once said that “moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.” To Hawthorne’s quote, I would add that moonlight is sunlight. The moon doesn’t emanate light of its own; it only reflects the light of the Sun. This suggests an even deeper dimension of syzygy within the coupling of the Sun King and Moon Queen;…

The Dawning of An Awareness of Our Own Mortality

When we suddenly become aware of our own mortality and the realization that we will surely die hits home from the heart to the gut, we find ourselves in the midst of an experience of great power. In this moment, two options open up to us: we can escape into other things and distractions or…

On Quitting Smoking

The claim that smoking kills and is in fact a form of voluntary suicide has great evidence behind it.  If we are against suicide, we can’t consistently advocate smoking through our own behaviour.  It would be like being okay with someone who attaches a device to their body that injects a small amount of poison…

Value and the Metaphor of Chess

The moment you let others determine what is of value for you and for your own life, you become a pawn in someone else’s chess game.

On Aristippus and Hedonism

My friend Jason Topolovec counseled me to follow the way of Aristippus, to forget the past, forget the future, and “live in the present moment without thinking.”  He further added that I should never stop myself “from obtaining immediate pleasure.” Aristippus was one of the foremost hedonists of his day.  His approach to life based…

Are you afraid of death?

I was asked today if I was afraid of death.  My answer may be seen as shocking by most Western human beings; it was ‘no.’  Contemplation and reflection have enabled me to see that there is no annihilation and there is no emergence from nothingness. Our true nature is of the nature of no death,…

On Rejecting Extreme Pacificism and Fascism

Total fascism (the ultimate pro-war perspective) and total pacificism (the ultimate anti-war perspective) are equally untenable extremes. There are some cases in which war is necessary. The Nazi regime offers us an ideal case, for it was founded on an imperial complex, a need for constant warfare, and a disregard and indeed hatred for the…

Values

Often, it is through discussions with others who espouse totally different values from ours that our own values come into focus. I spoke to a man who prized the accumulation of wealth and expensive commodities above nearly anything else. This made me realize how little I care about making more money than I would need…