November 18, 2017

67 | The Obstacle is the Way

Here's a quick provocation/meditation rooted in some of the wonderfully paradoxical thinking of (mostly) Heraclitus and (a bit of) Kierkegaard.

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November 10, 2017

66 | The Law of Three

This episode offers a brief explanation of a fascinating way of looking at how new things happen. Said fascinating way of looking at things is referred to as the 'law of three' and it is derived from a slightly unexpected way of looking at the doctrine of the Trinity. For a more detailed exploration of the law of three, you can seek out Rev. Dr. Cynthia Borgeault's book 'The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three' (Shambhala Publications, 2013). 

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This episode offers a brief reflection on some of the ideas encountered in Nathan Schwartz-Salant's intriguing and insightful book, The Order-Disorder Paradox: Understanding the Hidden Side of Change in Self and Society (North Atlantic Books, 2017). The core paradox presented by Schwartz-Salant is that all new order creates disorder, as is evident in many of our personal experiences, as well as in larger societal shifts. 

See: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/548664/the-order-disorder-paradox-by-nathan-schwartz-salant/9781623171162/

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This is the final episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job. In it, we'll be looking at a pivotal theme in the book of Job — the subject of wonder, which the ancients believed is the real beginning of wisdom. This episode ties in with the content of episode 28, which you may want to (re)visit if you find this subject matter interesting. At the end of the episode, I play a song by Brolly that you can watch here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b09f8oEm1S0

You can check out Brolly's music here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brolly/id295473393

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The book of Job, as one of the oldest books (possibly THE oldest book) in the biblical canon, represents a truly astonishing, revolutionary historical and philosophical turn — a turn in favor, not of the powerful, but in favor of victims. Because we live in an age that has turned the victim into an absolute value of sorts, it's sometimes difficult to appreciate the nuances involved in this remarkable turn, which is the focus of this penultimate episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job.

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This is the 9th part in an Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job. It also happens to be something of an interlude on the way to the two-part conclusion to the series. Here, I read GK Chesterton's wonderful essay "Introduction to the book of Job"—an essay referred to often by the philosopher Slavoj Žižek but without him always taking into account the larger argument of the essay. Chesterton offers a fresh take on Job that we'd all do well to pay attention to. It's wise and funny—filled with helpful and interesting insights. It asks whether God could be the ultimate skeptic, and perhaps even the ultimate blasphemer, and presents the astonishing idea that paradoxes are more comforting than answers. 

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This episode—the eighth episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job—is the third of a three-part Inception-style series-within-a-series on the nature of the self (and on its transformation). We focus, in this episode, especially how the book of Job represents growth with its focus on truth and the introdction of a new kind of consciousness.

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This episode—the seventh episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job—is the second of a three-part Inception-style series-within-a-series on the nature of the self. We focus, in this episode, especially how the book of Job (among other biblical texts) illuminates our understanding of the self. In this episode, we home in on the issue/process of ego-death/ego-breakage and what it often takes to uncover/access the true self.

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This episode—the sixth episode in this Unorthodoxy series on the book of Job—is the first of a three-part Inception-style dream-within-a-dream, or rather, series-within-a-series on the nature of the self. We focus, in this episode, especially how the book of Job (among other biblical texts) illuminates our understanding of the self. In this episode, we home in on the ego-self and the so-called "false self", and in the process some fascinating facets of the multiverse that is the human subject become clearer (well, hopefully). 

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The book of Job is one of the most brilliant and perplexing literary works to grace the stage of the human drama; and this is the fifth episode in a series on Unorthodoxy that focuses on this amazing book. The aim in this series is to look for unfamiliar nuggets of brilliance in what is, for many, an overly familiar text. In this episode, we take a look at the perplexing relationship between God, the "small s" satan, and the character we may not have realized is also on trial in the book of Job — you and me, the reader. Detours via the stories of Noah and Jacob invite some interesting hermeneutic speculations ...

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