DEPRESSION

November 25, 2012
Last week, My Old Friend, Depression, came a visiting. I couldn’t rest, couldn’t do anything, but tried, nevertheless, forcing myself to be active and do the many things that are demanded of life and that I love to do in the best of times.    I am writing here to analyze it because when I’m […]
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The Within of Things

November 19, 2012
This is the title of one of De Chardin’s chapters. A word about how this relates to me. After a lifetime, it seems to me, I have involved to feel entirely comfortable in my innerness. And not only comfortable, but joyous. Though I have earlier often been conflicted about this natural tendency in myself, vitiated […]
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HOW AND WHY TO READ

November 19, 2012
Because it keeps the brain active, keeps us interested and actively participating in ‘the mysterious gift of our existence.’ We read to look at ourselves and our universe as in a mirror; to marvel, comprehend, understand; to be awe-struck; to be engaged, entertained, alive! Don’t get hung up on sections or sentences you don’t understand; […]
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Noosphere

November 19, 2012
NOOSPHERE De Chardin has coined this phrase, building upon the other uncontroversial biosphere and atmosphere. Julian Huxley (20thcentury’s leading evolutionary biologist) in his introduction to the book, defines the word ‘to denote the sphere of mind, as opposed to, or rather superposed on, the biosphere of sphere of life, and acting as a transforming agency […]
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As you can see, I am still mulling over the book. I will bypass the polemics of the title. For me ‘man’ includes ‘woman,’ (or rather, literally, ‘woman’ includes ‘man’) and get to the germ of both it and the thesis of the book. The appearance of the phenomenon of reflecting, thinking man, he says, […]
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