Does time pass?

Many people conceptualize time as something that moves. Hence we employ expressions like “time passes slowly” or “time flies” to designate various experiences of “the flow of time,” or we invoke clichés like “time is a river.” “Scientifically-minded” persons would be liable to point out that these are designations of subjective time and that real…

Miscellany: On Babel, art, Barfield, and Girard

On Babel: Most disagreements are fought over words and not meanings. I think it is tempting to mistake the feeling of familiarity with a word that hearing it pronounced or reading it may bring, with actually having grasped its meaning. The words then function like mercenaries in proxy-disputes; conflicts that are vicarious. I think words…

On diálogos (διάλογος, “dialogue”) as Communion

In the best conversations, people collaborate and offer themselves in service of the conversation rather than just to prove a point. One person will stand in for another when he falters or goes searching his pockets for the right word but comes up empty-handed. Bona fide dialogue can only be described as a spiritual ascent…

Miscellany: On ethics, revolution, and viriditas

On ethics, idealism, and revolution: It is easy to imagine that we could cause harm to others without becoming harmful ourselves, but this is obviously false. Instead, the connection is self-evident and concealed only by our proclivity to think in abstract categories. For this reason, we should always include ourselves in our concept of “the…

Rudolf Steiner on Higher Cognition

Rudolf Steiner articulates three capacities of higher cognition, whose “seeds slumber in every soul” but which spring to life only in a few in whom, either by personal initiative or by dint of circumstance, these latencies become reality. Steiner designates these three capacities by the terms Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition, respectively. I will briefly comment…