Unsumme

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”

The Things that have No Name

When last did you stumble across a piece of narrative that somehow pierced through the present to the reality of your past? A story offering to diagnose your own unspoken, yet deeply personal experience. The protests of the soul are often sparked by the restlessness of an undelivered message, simply yearning for the restoration ofContinue reading “The Things that have No Name”

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”

Becoming Who We Are

Unlike other world-shattering events, like 9/11 or the fall of the Berlin Wall, nobody will speak of what they were doing when COVID-19 swept around the world. Instead, when we look back, we’ll remember what we started to become: perhaps more aware of the vulnerabilities of our bodies, perhaps more in-tune with the rhythms ofContinue reading “Becoming Who We Are”

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”

Kindness

From a rather selfish notion of sharing an isolation stroll with a little-known-about neighbour: a well-spring of kindness. Simple check-in messages. Daily pre-work power walks for processing. Meal exchanges. Shopping arrangements. A WiFi password. A washing machine. Paper for origami. In the shape of responsive kindnesses, belonging has settled in ‘next door’—and there’s room forContinue reading “Kindness”

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”