Erich Fromm and the Discontents of Materialism

In his book To Have or to Be, Erich Fromm analyzes the profound sense of dissatisfaction that is present in the materialistic societies of the West. He conceptionalizes the problem as two opposite ways of life: one that is centered around having vs. one that is centered around being. Fromm begins his book with an analysis of the ideologicalContinue reading “Erich Fromm and the Discontents of Materialism”

Primo Levi and the teachings of Auschwitz

If This Is a Man is Primo Levi’s account of the time he spent as a prisoner in Auschwitz. It is one of the best-known and most poignantly written testimonies of the horrors of the Holocaust. Levi was an Italian Jew. He was arrested in 1944, when the German army had occupied the northern half ofContinue reading “Primo Levi and the teachings of Auschwitz”

Speaking Truth to Power: The Trial of Socrates

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Socrates Socrates, one of the most famous philosophers, was sentenced to death, essentially for the mischief he caused with his inquisitive mind. He was accused of influencing the youth with his dangerous thoughts, and of undermining the belief in the gods. In the Apologia, Plato recounts theContinue reading “Speaking Truth to Power: The Trial of Socrates”

Knowing God

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, willContinue reading “Knowing God”