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Cultural devastation vs. cultural collapse: First thoughts on Radical Hope

Suppose we were to think about a people’s way of life’s going out of existence. What sort of hope, Jonathan Lear asks in his short book… 481 more words

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Wondering and wandering

It is wonderful to think about the connection between wandering and wondering. ‘Wandering about, he wondered about…’ ‘Wondering, he wandered…’

The connection can be bi-causal: 175 more words

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From insistence to amazement

1. I insist that P.

OED Etymology:  < Latin insistĕre to stand upon, persist, dwell upon

Insisting that P means either (a) maintaining that a thing is so (OED) or (b) urging that some course of action  186 more words

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Fallibilism: Saying what you believe without insisting

This would be our Socratic starting point: Say what you believe, but do not insist that it must be true or that your belief cannot be incorrect… 585 more words

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'I have been thinking about existence lately...'

I have been thinking about wonderment and amazement, and I came, again, across this rich passage from Marilynne Robinson’s beautiful novel Gilead. The Reverend John Ames, writing to his son, recalls an early morning: 382 more words

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'I was a bride married to amazement'

From Mary Oliver’s poem ‘When Death Comes,’ I pick up beautiful images. Like this one on wonderment:

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering: 375 more words

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Insistence, Openness, Wonderment, Amazement

1. O cease your insistence. Nothing has to be just so. You do not know how it has to be, do you? Without insistence, you are open. 103 more words

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