Hiram Crespo's Blog – April 2015 Archive (4)

Oinoanda: “What the Truth Was Before it Turned into Ruins”

Even if you carve the truth on a gigantic rock mass, in the end, there will be no one to understand it. It will eventually merge into the soil and keep waiting to be understood. As human beings occupy themselves with empty beliefs instead of searching for the truth, we should take it our destiny to ask curious and wailing questions wondering “what the truth was before it turned into ruins”

– Quote from the documentary “Gigantic…

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Added by Hiram Crespo on April 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

6th Taoist Contemplation: Lao-Tse as Life Coach

Efficient people do one thing at a time. They work on one project, bring it to completion, then move on to the next task. In On Why Materialism Matters, I made the case that in nature we observe what I call the paradigm of emergence. Complex things emerge from simpler things.

Notice the sense of emergence that is presupposed in materialism.  We believe that, first, there are atoms and…

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Added by Hiram Crespo on April 28, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Epicurean revival

As the annals of history have it, in the sixth century Emperor Justinian had all the schools of philosophy that competed with Christianity finally closed. This was the last we heard of the Epicurean School, whose tradition had remained culturally vibrant for seven centuries. Epicurus had been among the first to propose the atom—2,300 years ago—the social contract as a foundation for the rule of law, and the possibility of an empirical process of pursuit of happiness: a science of happiness.…

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Added by Hiram Crespo on April 23, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

9th Contemplation of Tao: Control of Desires

Nothing is enough to someone for whom what is enough is little. The thankless nature of the soul makes the creature endlessly greedy for variations in its lifestyleVatican Sayings 68-69

Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage. – Tao Te Ching 12

Lao-Tse explains that the high use the low as their foundation and basis. A mountain is not a mountain, except…

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Added by Hiram Crespo on April 21, 2015 at 10:08pm — 2 Comments

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