February 2024 Update

Apologies for any confusion or disappointment. For the time being, the previously released audio is no longer available.

This interruption was not planned, but was unavoidable.

It most certainly is not the result of any lack of desire to create, or for lack of appreciation of my audience.

Suffice it to say that the podcasting landscape has drastically changed since I began this project. In life, one either goes along to get along, or one does not.

When (and if) I am able to work out a new solution, details will be posted here first.

In the meantime, correspondence is still welcome via the contact form. May God bless you all.

– JL

On this 23rd day of February, the traditional feast day of Saint Peter Damian.

Modern Aimlessness & The Disintegration of the Intellect: Thinking on Purpose, Part 1

Modern Aimlessness & The Disintegration of the Intellect: Thinking on Purpose, Part 1

Modern Western man is in need of an examination of conscience.

For centuries, he has been willfully disintegrating his own understanding of reality in an act that might be described as one of intellectual self-sabotage. He has abandoned the transcendent.

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Thomas gaat door de poort van de gevangenis – 1610 – Netherlands – Public Domain.

https://www.europeana.eu/item/90402/RP_P_1878_A_573

Contemplative Perseverance in the Face of Suffering (Good Disagreement, Part 2)

Contemplative Perseverance in the Face of Suffering (Good Disagreement, Part 2)

In the face of even unbearable stupidity and evil, the contemplative path retains an essential relationship to truth before any accidental or derivative considerations.

Civilization ultimately rests not upon the transient, but rather upon the permanent things.

For this very reason, the role of the contemplative, unlike that of the ideologue, is essential to civilization.

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Dante und Vergil begegnen dem Grafen Ugolino in einem vereisten Sumpf, als dieser sich an Erzbischof Ruggiero von Pisa rächt: ‘So schlug der Obere ein da seinen Zahn, wo das Gehirn sich anfügt an den Nacken’ (Inf. 32/33,p.145) by Luigi Sabatelli (Künstler_in) – Albertina, Austria – Public Domain.

https://www.europeana.eu/item/15508/1438

Good Disagreement: The Shared Contemplative Act & The Pursuit of Truth (Good Disagreement, Part 1)

Good Disagreement: The Shared Contemplative Act & The Pursuit of Truth (Good Disagreement, Part 1)

What on earth has happened to ‘good disagreement’? Where has it gone?

On the proper end of disagreement and the present crisis in thinking in the West.

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Two doctors aloof from one another in disagreement. Wood engraving after J. Leech. by John Leech – Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom – CC BY.

https://www.europeana.eu/item/9200579/sxcugqyx

Common Sense & the ‘Essential’ Crisis of Thinking in the West

Common Sense & the ‘Essential’ Crisis of Thinking in the West

On the need of common sense, as a counter to ideology and the groundless thinking of our time. Reflections inspired by Samuel Johnson, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton.

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Two men crossing a stream by night. The first is barefoot, wearing cloak and walking stick and crosses safely, while the second one, who is elegantly dressed and gazes dreamily in the sky, is about to step in the water with shoes and stockings; representing Common sense and Genius. Etching by C. Heath after T. Stothard. by Thomas Stothard – 1820 – Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom – CC BY.

https://www.europeana.eu/en/item/9200579/yfynxzay

Living in Truth: Conversion to Reality, Not an Escape

Living in Truth: Conversion to Reality, Not an Escape

For modern man, the all-too-often shunned option of living in truth, in the sense of engaging reality, rather than fleeing from it into his own ideas, offers a choice that amounts to a desperately needed conversion in a profound philosophical sense. By conversion here one speaks of the act of restoring the connection between thinking and reality.

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Bekering van Paulus – Rijksmuseum, Netherlands – Public Domain.
https://www.europeana.eu/en/item/90402/RP_P_OB_67_543

The (Rumored) ‘Death of God’ & Modernity’s Descent into the Marshes

The (Rumored) ‘Death of God’ & Modernity’s Descent into the Marshes

A meditation on the modern rejection of transcendence. Consideration of Nietzschean nihilism, and the rash judgment of the present generation. Belloc, not Nietzsche, was correct about the trajectory of modern thinking and civilization. On the need for a return to a philosophy grounded in being and objective truth.

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Embleem: moeras – Rijksmuseum, Netherlands – Public Domain.

https://www.europeana.eu/en/item/90402/RP_P_OB_44_852

On the Loss of Certain Sane Affections: Intellectual Triage, Part 1

On the Loss of Certain Sane Affections: Intellectual Triage, Part 1

Consideration of reason in relation to common sense, sanity, and the intellect, with the aim of addressing intellectual maladies of the present generation.

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Aristotle refusing the hemlock (?). Oil painting by a painter in the circle of Johann Carl Loth. by Johann Carl Loth – Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom – CC BY.

https://www.europeana.eu/en/item/9200579/brtv5v3q