Qualities of True Love

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7


4 ἡ ἀγάπη μακροθυμεῖ, χρηστεύεται ἡ ἀγάπη, οὐ ζηλοῖ, ἡ ἀγάπη οὐ περπερεύεται, οὐ φυσιοῦται, 5 οὐκ ἀσχημονεῖ, οὐ ζητεῖ τὰ ἑαυτῆς, οὐ παροξύνεται, οὐ λογίζεται τὸ κακόν, 6 οὐ χαίρει ἐπὶ τῇ ἀδικίᾳ, συγχαίρει δὲ τῇ ἀληθείᾳ: 7 πάντα στέγει, πάντα πιστεύει, πάντα ἐλπίζει, πάντα ὑπομένει.

Anvil or hammer

On the great scales of fortune,
the balance rarely stands still;
you must rise or sink,
you must rule and win
or serve and lose,
suffer or triumph,
be the anvil or the hammer.
       -Goethe,Coptic Song

Auf des Glückes großer Waage
Steht die Zunge selten ein.
Du mußt steigen oder sinken,
Du mußt herrschen und gewinnen
Oder dienen und verlieren,
Leiden oder triumphieren,
Amboß oder Hammer sein.
  -Goethe,Cophtisches Lied


“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo


“La musique exprime ce qui ne peut être mis en mots et ne peut pas rester silencieux»Victor Hugo

Personal Autonomy

AutonomyTo what extent are we autonomous, self-governing agents? and does the authority to determine how we will act mean that we have the power to exercise it? In most instances it does. Yet there are instances when we are vulnerable to many assaults: Are we truly governing ourselves when we are under fatigue, anxiety, depression, brainwashing, compulsions, or addictions?


Illustration by Mike Reed

Philosophers are especially difficult to study. Their writings involve a range of subtle distinctions and their careers may span over many years with an immense corpus. Their treatment of the topics evolves and may not underline a coherent perspective but rather the application of a penetrating mind to philosophical problems with little concern for coherence over time. Leibniz texts represent a labyrinth that is extremely challenging, whereas Spinoza’s Ethics and Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason present coherent definitive views.


Lost and Found
Peikwen Cheng, Chinese artist/photographer

I am inspired through this photo to look at love. Is it passionate Eros, transcendental Agape, or affectionate Philia? 

Love looks like an overwhelming emotion, a quest for union, a sense of value – appraised and bestowed, a deep concern for its perpetuation… I guess only through love one can answer love questions.  So I will Let the Other Visit and Enter.

Quoted: Language and Justice


If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

Quoted: Happiness and Misery


‘ “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.

“Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words, — `Wait and hope.’” ‘
-Alexandre Dumas


Bias-1The rational mind has a funny way of labeling everything. It is the originator of the term “bias” but represents its main embodiment. To value your possessions is “an endowment effect bias”, to battle giving up something is a “loss aversion bias”. Similarly resisting change is a “status quo bias”.  There is no limit to the mind attempting to assert itself by the triple naive, yet subtle processes of objectivizing, labeling and then exposing.