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...
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...
Gambling

Gambling

“The desire to control is the one thing we cannot control.” (Dale Wright) We can’t drop our faith in reason’s capabilities despite the abundant, readily observable failures. On an individual level, you have certainly had the experience of plans falling...
Crutches

Crutches

I recently stumbled upon a youtube mix that included the mantra “Waheguru” sung to the melody Bach’s Prelude in C (start at 39:06). It got into my head and I began singing it in the shower, but I realized that I had no idea what Waheguru actually...