Ant (part 4)

Ant (part 4)

Click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this series. Joseph Campbell identifies several purposes that mythology serves, one of which he calls the “pedagogical function.” We look to myths to answer questions about the origin of the universe, but myth is perhaps...
Ant (part 3)

Ant (part 3)

(Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.) Walking to my office the other day, I noticed a long line of ants crawling along the pavement. Their tiny bodies shuttled from one task to the next, oblivious that I had just spared a dozen of their lives by adjusting...
Ant (part 2)

Ant (part 2)

When you start a spiritual path, you don’t really realize what you’re getting into. The path is like a carnivorous plant that lures us in with the promise of a fragrant feast. Before we realize what’s really going on, we find ourselves trapped. The more we fight, the...
Ant (part 1)

Ant (part 1)

Last summer, on account of coconut water spilled on the floor, ants invaded our home. We are generally averse to killing any living creature, and this extends even down to the insect world (minus mosquitoes. Everyone has his limit). When I came home to find critters...
Forest Fire

Forest Fire

  When Saint Augustine was asked to define time, he replied, “If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it, I do not know.” I often feel the same way about faith. I would certainly describe myself a person of faith. But it’s difficult to provide...