William Blake’s Illustrations for the Book of Job

Anthony Bourdain’s suicide hits me pretty hard in this particular moment. I used to watch his show regularly during my Wilderness years, living in the mountains outside of Santiago de Chile, and struggling with my own depression and suicidal thoughts. At present, I’m living not too far from that house, and it was around this time of the year, with snow covering the Andes, in 2010, that things became the darkest. It was a period that lasted for 15 months more, before slowly subsiding, but the period seemed like an eternity to me then.

Suicide is now the 10th leading…

The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics in Opposition to Stoicism and Rome

The emotional and spiritual void of post-modern consumer life is leading many in our generation to search the archives of history for philosophical answers to their discontent. The recent surge in the popularity of Stoicism is one example. But like many other spiritual trends in contemporary life, it is searching to escape the pain of the void rather that to strike at the root of the void itself.

The rise of Stoicism is a sign of a civilization in decline. There is something decadent about a society trying to escape its own loss through a sour grapes philosophy. Let us…

What follows is either ruinous heresy or a rare act of orthodox rebellion against it. I of course am staking my soul that it is not heresy, after all, but it is neither I nor my reader who will ultimately judge this question.

I cannot predict who will hate it more — Christians or Atheists. Perhaps I can hope for a tie.

In our time of conflict and acrimony, in the face of the utter destruction of an ancient nation, on the verge of the transformation of the world order and all of its incumbent uncertainty, we would do well…

[IMPORTANT NOTE: I take no position on whether Brexit was good or bad, and none of the following is to be construed as favoring Brexit. I am merely providing an objective political analysis of the situation in the aftermath]

All this “Brexit might not happen” talk is interesting, and contains elements of truth, but I think that it ignores the broader political reality (and especially the math) facing the people who will be making these decisions.

There has been a not altogether unreasonable case to be made that Boris and Gove have already sealed their own fate, now that everybody…

Many years ago I remember a friend of mine remarking to me that the amount of time required to get over and completely move past a breakup or divorce was half the length of the time the relationship lasted. One year relationship, six months of recovery after the breakup. Twenty year relationship, ten years of recovery after the breakup — I may have just triggered a horrible “IT TAKES THAT LONG?” reaction from many of you, and I’m sorry for that. …

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
The Gospel of St John

“Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?”
St Paul, 1st Epistle to the Corinthians

The following is a response to Dylan’s Rage and Donne’s Sleep.

The Christian religion is fundamentally a paradox based on the spiritual faith of Jesus Christ. The Christian religion is about imitating the faith of Christ himself. This paradox is manifested in a number of statements…

After spending my whole life reading and four years studying philosophy, economics, and political science at the university level, I reckon that I didn’t do a minute of genuine philosophical inquiry until I was living in isolated seclusion in a house without running water in the Chilean Andes at the age of 28 and on the verge of suicide.

For the first time, I experienced philosophy as something other than a parlour game for bored intellectuals. More than a debate to be won, with points to be scored for cleverness. Instead, I encountered philosophy as something that was literally a…

“At least I tried!” is the cry of a loser. The world is full of losers, so why do you want to be one too?

Lately you might have decided to join the chorus of losers who worship failure in the name of entrepreneurship, startups, innovation, or whatever. If you find yourself saying, “what do you mean? I thought failure was good in the startup world!” then you may have been infected by the failure virus.

I don’t know if there is a cure, but you can at least treat the symptoms.

Does it look a little bit like you?

Let me preface all of this by saying that my own life has been full of failure. I have succeeded at things only to see them fail later, and I know that…

Andalusia and me on December 14, 2012

“Change and decay in all around I see
Oh Thou who changest not, abide with me.”

-Henry Francis Lyte

“It is better to go to the house of mourning,
than to go to the house of feasting:
for that is the end of all men;
and the living will lay it to his heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter:
for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning;
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.”


Can I see another’s woe, And…

Many people set out on an entrepreneurial journey because they think it is the easiest and fastest way to get rich. They are usually disappointed rather quickly, and it is not uncommon to hear such wantrepreneurs say “I never thought it would be this hard!”

Others decide to take the step onto this challenging path because they have identified a problem they want to solve, or that they even feel demands to be solved, like they couldn’t think of themselves not solving it. These “on fire” entrepreneurs tend to be extremely passionate, fueled by the now obvious need for somebody…

Skinner Layne

Founder & Chairman of Exosphere http://exosphe.re

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