We need more diplomats: people who listen not only at words but also behind words—people who inch people closer together instead of opinioning them apart. Sure diplomacy takes long and can lead to stalemates. Still, quick, self-serving hyper-individualism takes us down the path of shallow, walled-off moaning and opinionating without any hope of loving thoseContinue reading “Diplomats”


Statistics, numbers, and models are useful tools. Still, they have limits that we often forget. Are we too enamored with our access to and control over the world? To paraphrase Wittgenstein, at least the Ancients acknowledged a terminus. Today, we worship our limitless ingenuity. Perhaps we should return to Duns Scotus, who suggested creation itselfContinue reading “Unsumme”

Bait and Switch

The obscurantist elites… understood [long ago] that, if they wanted to survive in comfort, they had to stop pretending, even in their dreams, to share the earth with the rest of the world. Bruno Latour in Down to Earth Rockets and fireworks discharged, sending each on its course. One an escapist pipedream, another a fightContinue reading “Bait and Switch”

Cups and Crosses

To sing is to pray twice. Abridgment of Augustine of Hippo’s, “In praise, there is the speaking forth of one confessing; in singing, the affection of one loving.” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Bach wrote a coffee cantata, some of which he repurposed for his Matthew Passion. Coffee and suffering bound by melody.Continue reading “Cups and Crosses”

Opening Up

All address, no doubt, contains at least silently these words: “I pray that you will listen to me.” Jean-Luc Nancy in Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity We all advertise, and each advert is an advent. We compose ourselves for others. No matter if such composition is online or in real life: the only difference betweenContinue reading “Opening Up”