Philosophy

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Introduction

I have always wondered about the “meaning” of life. I studied much history, languages and science my first thirty years or so. I realized the limits of those subjects, and the past ten years especially I have been studying comparative mythology, non-dualistic philosophies and metaphysics.

In the middle and late 1990s I absorbed a lot of Joseph Campbell, a scholar of comparative mythology. Then I studied Native American cultures for a few years at Santa Rosa Junior College and at Sonoma State University. The past three years or so I've listened to many audio files of the late author, philosopher and “spiritual entertainer” Alan Watts. I have about fifty hours of him speaking on various subjects, and I've listened to most of these files dozens of times. However, I don't necessarily agree with everything anyone says.


The index page of this section of my website includes hyperlinks to some of the pages already published in other sections that pertain to mythology, philosophy or metaphysics.

Philosophy

Some silly coincidences in my life gives examples of the interconnectedness of reality. I refer to the “base metaphor” of the Mescalero Apache people (see Studies section below) and to “Indra's Net” of Buddhism.

Ye are gods offers an alternate interpretation to the teachings of Jesus, one that is compatible with the teachings of Hinduism.

Meaning of Life A lot of people, maybe most people, have wondered what's it all about. Where did we come from and why are we here? These are my current thoughts on this subject.

Insubstantial Pageant has quotations about the nature of reality by William Shakespeare, Bill Hicks and yours truly.

Interesting facts about Christianity is a page every Fundamentalist Christian should read.

the essence of Buddhism is not a new perfume, although perhaps that's a good idea! It is my interpretation of the essential teachings of the Buddha. This might piss off some Buddhists as I have probably pissed off Christians and Hindus with some of my other posts. Oh well…

Poetry

Human is a long poem I wrote in high school about what it is like to be human.

The Blind Men and the Elephant is a famous nineteenth-century poem by John Godfrey Saxe that proposes an explanation for the differences between religions.

G. K. Chesterton has a few of the many sayings attributed to this man.

Studies

It's the same thing is an essay I wrote for a university class about Native Americans. This describes the “base metaphor” of the Mescalero Apache people of the American Southwest. I make reference to this in the page about silly(?) coincidences in my life.

Reply to Christian Fundamentalists I have an essay online about the teaching of evolution in public schools, and over the years I have received so much email from Christians about that one page that I finally decided to post a reply so I wouldn't have to keep saying the same things over and over again in separate emails.

Songs

Entropy is a song I wrote in 1986 that asks questions I still ponder to this day.

What Can I Say? is a song that describes the limitations of language. On a related note, most people are unaware that the structure of the language in which they think affects their perception of reality. I briefly discuss this in the last paragraph of the essence of Buddhism page (see above).

Prayer is a song I wrote in 1994 about my feelings towards God. The most important line is “I wonder who I'm seeing when I look into my eyes.”

Eyes of Blue is another song I wrote that may answer the question posed in Prayer. Part of the lyrics goes “I could see the universe in her eyes looking at me.” According to some interpretations of some eastern philosophies, each of us IS the whole universe looking at itself through our eyes.

Mystery is a song from R College Story about the mystery of life. It hints of non-dualism, before I was consciously aware of the topic, in the lyrics “The questioner is not separate, you see.”

It's What You Make It is a song with optimistic lyrics. It is the “message song” of R Blonde Story by R Band.

99.99% Blues is the song that immediately precedes It's What You Make It in R Blonde Story. It asks: “Why live at all, put up with the pain and suffering and bullshit, just to die someday anyway?”

Death is a song I wrote about the death of my parents. This song asks some basic questions about whether or not there is an afterlife, and what difference does it make whether there is or isn't one.