Descartes vs. Buddha: My Money Is On. . .

Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” Buddha said, “I think, therefore I am . . . not here.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) And if you are not here, you might as well not be. . . ~Wanda

 Go to post page

September 17th, 2012 by Wanda

Where Should Kindness Stop?

I am blessed with some  smart students, one of whom pointed out the very paradox I’ve been struggling to pin down. If, on the one hand, kindess is “the ability to bear the vulnerabilityof others” (Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor, from On Kindness, p. 8), but yet Aristotle says that there are inappropriate forms of anger […]

 Go to post page

September 17th, 2012 by Wanda

Plumbing and Philosophy

The philosopher Mary Midgley writes that philosophy is like plumbing–we never notice it until something goes wrong. I would certainly agree that this is true about plumbing. Staring up at the gaping hole in the ceiling through which the cast iron pipe of the only working toilet in the house jutted out, I felt increasingly anxious […]

 Go to post page

September 3rd, 2012 by Wanda