Musical Interlude with Vikings: Helvegen (Path of Death)

https://youtu.be/cg0TQyjdHJ0 Old Norweigan—————————————————--English translation Kven skal syngje meg—————————————Who shall sing me i daudsvevna slyngje meg———————————into the death-sleep sling me når eg på Helvegen går————————————When I walk on the Path of Death og dei spora eg trår er kalde, så kalde—————and the tracks I tread are cold, so cold Eg songane søkte——————————————-I sought the songs Eg … Continue reading Musical Interlude with Vikings: Helvegen (Path of Death)

How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

We are all governed by the passions, opinions, and feelings of those like us by Rachel Cohon Institute Art & Ideas  edited by O Society May 13, 2019 “Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them,” Scottish … Continue reading How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

To Be Hopeful In Bad Times

by Kenn Orphan edited by O Society May 12, 2019  “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.  What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our … Continue reading To Be Hopeful In Bad Times

The Others: My Childhood in a Cult

by Guinevere Turner New Yorker May 6, 2019 Where are you from?” For most people, this is a casual social question. For me, it’s an exceptionally loaded one, and demands either a lie or my glossing over facts, because the real answer goes something like this: “I grew up on compounds in Kansas, Los Angeles, San … Continue reading The Others: My Childhood in a Cult

What Exactly Is Vipassana Meditation?

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Tricycle The distinction between Vipassana meditation and other styles of meditation is crucial and needs to be fully understood. Buddhism addresses two major types of meditation. They are different mental skills, modes of functioning or qualities of consciousness. In Pali, the original language of Theravada literature, they are called Vipassana and Samatha. … Continue reading What Exactly Is Vipassana Meditation?

Cheerfulness Cannot be Compulsory No Matter What the T-shirt Says

Practising the Greek virtues of wisdom and courage is one thing. But being cheerful the American way borders on psychosis by Mariana Alessandri Aeon edited by O Society May 5, 2019 I once ended up at a Boy Scout ceremony in the northeast United States, where I inhaled the American spirit unfiltered. The boys’ uniforms had Stars-and-Stripes … Continue reading Cheerfulness Cannot be Compulsory No Matter What the T-shirt Says