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Friday, January 21, 2005

I Believe...

I believe... that it is good to be alive, that suffering purifies the one who undergoes it and the one who feels for the one who undergoes it, that death is a release from this life, not in the sense of an exit, but as a passage to fuller life. I believe... that we are all caught between our... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Of Tsunamis and Iraq

Terry Jones expresses his bewilderment at the kind of response elicited by the recent tsunami that hit Asia. He writes: So, are deaths caused by bombs and gunfire less worthy of our pity than deaths caused by a giant wave? Or are Iraqi lives less worth counting than Indonesian, Thai, Indian and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Happiness Links QuotationsPage.Com is a resource site for quotes. The this link sends you to the collection on "Happiness" A would-be guru site on the topic of happiness. There isn't much there yet. A website... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Let My People Go...

Here is the address of the Vatican's representative to the UN on Religious Intolerance. He speaks for all those who wish to see people of religion (and this includes the laity or non-hierarchy members) allowed to participate fully in the life of the world and to worship God openly. I have added... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Rick Warren and Myself

Okey, so it does sound presumptuous that I am comparing myself with a best-selling author like Rick Warren. But as I read his book, I can find a lot of his ideas echoing my own. Or to put it in another way, I recognize in his words the reverberation of some of the things I've written at Blogit. It... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 2, 2004

Detachment, Renunciation, Dying To Oneself

Detachment, renunciation and dying to oneself are ideas that a lot of people have tended to identify with a lot of things other than happiness. To these people, dieting, deferment of pleasure and working out are easier to identify with happiness, yet if one compares the activities involved, those... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Search For God

A philosopher of religion is interviewed about contemporary history and the Sacred. The article is supplied by Zenit.ORG. I have highlighted some parts of the text which I think would be interesting. Modern Man Continues to Search for God Father Adriano Alessi on the Philosophy of Religion ROME,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Freedom and Responsiblity -- Tension Point #3

There is a particular understanding of Freedom that when acted upon becomes a great source of unhappiness: understanding freedom as doing anything I want. If such an idea of Freedom becomes the universal understanding of it, then not even I can prevent anybody else from doing anything they want with... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Individual -- Community: Tension Point #2

Unhappiness is caused by the awareness that somehow I do not fit in the greater community. Feelings of rejection are aroused precisely because I expect to be accepted for who or what I am WITHOUT conditions. Feeling rejected, I can then do two things: isolate myself from the community, or in an act... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 4, 2004

Impotence -- Possibilities: Tension Point #1

In a previous b log, I mention three tension points in human existence that need to be harmonized in order for one to be happy. I wrote: The first is caused by the tension between my own impotence and the myriads of possibilities that lie before me. The second is caused by the tension between me and... Sign in to see full entry.

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