Farewell & Bon Voyage!

“Truly I say unto you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Son of Man

It has been a slice sharing my creative side with you all and connecting with fellow bloggers and readers alike. Your insights and contributions have given fire to my own. May your path bring you closer to that endless star by which we can know who we truly are.

My reason(s) for drawing the curtain on this blog are as follows:
1. The writer no longer feels the need to expound upon the metaphysical.
2. The writer believes he has stated all that needs to be said.
3. The writer prefers to move on to bigger and brighter things.

Now before we part there are some ideas & concepts that may be worth resurrecting; namely, aphorisms and the indispensable need for creative imagination. Click on the word ‘Aphorisms’ in the menu above to survey a list of sayings that contain universal principles and/or virtues. You may find their beauty to be all the more encompassing & resplendent should you discover the 12 that personally resonate with your disposition. Keep to the good, the beautiful and the truth that brings no harm:
Now just as leaves draw sap from its branch for support, try your best to link each aphorism back to its cardinal virtue. Also consider that when these core virtues are in perfect alignment (geometrical equality) that they provide the greatest degree of openness; the capacity to expand, grow and flourish in love and wisdom.

Such an exercise may feel largely arbitrary or perhaps a waste of time. Less we rekindle the imaginal powers of a child, it’s unlikely we will even want to attempt such introspection, not alone come to appreciate the governing principles that enable progress and keep us reaching for the stars. Philosophy begins in wonder and ends in wisdom.

Love & light, keep it real, keep it right.

Jason the Philosopher Muse

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The Great Gig in the Sky

“Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” – Revelation 16:13

Jordan Peterson, Elon Musk and Justin Trudeau walk into a holodeck bar on the dark side of the moon. They each order a shot of sobriety and drink it down at once. Then they decide to make alterations to the default settings of the establishment. Jordan Peterson says wouldn’t it be great if we could plant the Tree of Good & Evil in the middle of the dance floor! Your wish is my command says the computer and immediately manifests the changes. Justin Trudeau tears off a leaf from the tree and rolls it into a joint. Elon Musk smokes it and comes up with a way to govern the people of planet earth from afar. He attempts to persuade his comrades by way of speech: Continue reading

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On the True Good

“All those who put pleasure in the highest position judge the good to be an object of the sense. We, on the other hand, who assign the good to the mind, take it to be an object of the understanding.” – Seneca, Letter 124.2

There can be no greater joy than that which stems from wisdom. No sensual pleasure can compare with the liberation of what it means to truly care. No fleeting impulse to adequately contrast the sentience of being fully aware. Neither city nor structure stands firm without excellence of mind. We are a bridge once called mankind. Continue reading

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The Ball Bearings by which Justice Turns

“The ability of Canada’s legal system to function effectively and to deliver the kind of justice that Canadians need and deserve depends in large part on the ethical standards of our judges.” –Canadian Judicial Council

Here in Canada, our 6 primary ethical principles that provide direction and orientation for our judiciary are stellar in nature. Allow me to lay them out here for your reflection and let us know why you think they are acceptable for exercising good judgement. The commentary below will give you a general idea for what each of these terms mean.

1. Purpose
2. Judicial Independence
3. Integrity

4. Diligence
5. Equality
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Recognize Erroneous Proclivities

“Before you can reform yourself, you must realize your error.” – Seneca, Letter 28.9

Before we can improve ourselves, we have to acknowledge our flaws. The same can be said with repairing a car engine, unless we can figure out where the problem lies, we are shit out of luck as the saying goes. Yet locating the fault is only one aspect of the matter. We also need to consider the truth of the situation in its entirety; including the various kinds of causes, which may not be apparent to the naked eye. Continue reading

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An Ode To Be Real

“So long as I can dwell with these, and lose myself—to the degree allowed to humans—in celestial things, what does it matter where I set my feet?” —Seneca, Consolation to Helvia

One of the greatest exponents of Stoic Philosophy spent his evenings observing the stars and the motions of the planets. While exiled to the rocky island of Corsica he could have pursued any number of subjects and yet found great solace in studying the patterns of nature itself. If he were not pulled back into the political tides of strife, God only knows what he may have discovered and left behind in his stead.

Instead we can use our own head, and imagine what in the world could have enthralled a person night after night to gaze upon such dazzling lights. As children, my friend and I used to love watching the night sky while rolled up in a sleeping-bag on the patio. From slow moving satellites to falling stars we were ecstatic with anything that caught our eye. Continue reading

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Dealing with Anger

“The outcome of great anger is madness. Hence we should avoid anger, not to keep things in moderation, but to preserve our sanity.” – Seneca, Letter 18.15

Even though my understanding of Latin has faded into a dark cloudy dullness, perhaps the translator (A.A. Long) of the former quote would have better served the general reader if he were to use the word ‘extreme’ rather than great. Anger in and of itself can be a good thing. It can motivate us to take positive and constructive action against an injustice; whereas ‘highly intense’ anger can bring about d/anger and self-defeating behaviour, including negative stress on the body that may lead to sickness and confusion. Continue reading

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Being in Chord with Nature

“Nature controls this visible realm by means of change. Clear skies follow after cloudy weather, seas become turbulent after a calm; winds blow in turn; day follows night. It is the world’s contrarieties that give rise to its longevity.” – Seneca, Letter 107.8

Our advancements in health care, technology and physical science (to mention a few) have been made possible through the study of nature. The capacity to apply rationality (analysis) and all the other principles contained within, enable us to learn and live in harmony with the elements. By the same token we are able to locate impediments to our wellbeing as well as work to reconcile and improve upon our situation. Continue reading

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Core Elements of Natural Law

The tarot may not be the most reliable source for predicting outcomes but it can certainly trigger our imagination and get us thinking about ideas in different ways. We have a tendency to see what it is that we want to see, so in essence each picture can reflect our hopes and fears. What we do with those discoveries is another matter altogether.

Take the chap in the picture above on the left. Everyone and their dog can relate with what it means to be burdened and overloaded. Just take a good look around to find people in all walks of life caught up in a routinized pattern of urgency. Few may openly acknowledge the sense of importance they feel from being super busy, even less will admit that their overly distracted lives are shielding them from taking a serious look at themselves. Continue reading

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Desire, Yearning & Craving

Anyone care to say what the following words have in common: Desire, yearning and craving. Think of an answer before you continue. This will help you engage the material to follow. Next, ask yourself: Do cravings usually begin first, followed by yearning, ending in desire or would you say it’s the other way around? Not satisfied with my either/or question; no problem, let’s shake things up and roll the dice another way:

Walla! Here’s another way of looking at it: First we discover a new desire, draw pleasure from it and long for the objective of such desire. Now the more we long for it; i.e. yearn for the emotional sensation associated with the desire, the more we are consumed by it until craving sets in. Craving? Yeah, craving as in being overly attached to something to the point that we experience agitation. Continue reading

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