Daily, Thoughts

Positive thinking is for the rich

May 29, 2016
         No, you’re not “being thankful to the Universe” for what you have and your positive thinking will not influence in any way how things are going in the world. At most you can say that your positive thinking is a sort of a bad therapy (or the therapy’s effect on you) – or a deception. I am talking about 

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Katharsis

Alchemical initiation: transforming the self

September 23, 2015

       When discussing alchemy, the first thing you must understand is that in relation to modern chemistry, alchemy is relevant only in terms of history. Moreover, the value of the alchemists philosophical system has nothing to do with the literal interpretation of alchemical operations; but rather the message is hidden behind
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Essays, Thoughts

Pythagoras and his initiatic order

August 6, 2015

                                                                                    Photographed by Chris Devour

 

I. Basic pythagorean philosophy

         Pythagoras’s life is shrouded in mystery; being an individual that is believed to have done fantastic things, we can say that Pythagoras is a mythical character. About Pythagoras it is said to have traveled a lot (especially i his youth), spending much time in the Egyptian temples, where – according to Iamblichus– for twenty-two years he studied astronomy and Continue Reading…

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What do we eat: are we moral beings when we eat meat?

August 1, 2015

                                                                                   Photographed by Chris Devour

       One of the main question [moralist] philosophers are trying to answer is this: what it means to be a good (moral) person? The way we relate to this question defines our future actions: how we relate to good, evil and other ethical issues such as euthanasia or abortion. However, people often tend to make the mistake of ignoring an event that takes place everyday; a seemingly trivial thing, which can make them less moral, or even accomplices, murderers  –  i’m talking about Continue Reading…

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What’s the use of an aesthetic body: what are we training for?

July 23, 2015

                                                                                            Photographed by Chris Devour

        I have always supported the idea that behind the aesthetic standards there is or should be something more than just the superficial, impractical desire to just please the eye. In other words, I believe that the standard” regarding the aesthetics of the human body should rather be set by
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Searching for the truth: escaping Plato’s cave

June 15, 2015

                                                                “The past coming back to get you”- photography by Chris Devour

 

     Imagine the following scenario: in a cave, people are bound, immobile, not being able to even turn their heads to look back. In the cave is dark and the only light source is a Continue Reading…

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Essays, Thoughts

The art of being always right: how to manipulate public opinion

May 8, 2015

                                                                                                Photographed by Chris Devour

      The reason people engage in [public] debates  is to try to get as close as possible to the truth; so it does not matter so much who is right, but rather whether there is a possibility of wisely coming to a conclusion – that’s what the theory sounds like; thus is the ordinary man being lied. In reality, however, things are often quite different: those participating in the dialogue are more interested in Continue Reading…

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Know yourself: shadow projection

April 28, 2015

                                                                                                             Photographed by Chris Devour

     For the ancient Greek philosophers, introspection was a must if you wanted to know yourself. This spiritual exercise can be practiced and understood in many different ways, and if we take a look at Carl Jung‘s theory, we can understand better what  is the “mechanism” that helps us know ourselves better. Thus, if we want to know ourselves [better] – according to Jung’s theory – the first step would be to Continue Reading…

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