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Ethics Part 6: 17th Century Schizoid Man

The King James Bible was published in 1611. This represented the single greatest act of empowerment ever and answers Jordan Peterson’s question (YouTube: 2015 Maps of Meaning 9: Mythology: The Great Father / Part 1, 42:05) about how societies can come about that aren’t corrupt the way most are and have been as far back […]

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Ethics Part 5: The Protestant Reformation and the Copernican Revolution

The 16th century saw two revolutions simultaneously that were to change pretty much everything. One began when the German Augustinian monk Martin Luther responded to Johann Tetzel’s aggressive marketing of indulgences by nailing his “95 Theses” on a door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. The other began when Copernicus circulated his cosmological findings and ultimately […]

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Ethics Part 4: The Renaissance & Humanism

Eleanor of Aquitane was probably the most powerful woman in 12th Century Europe. I will not go into her many accomplishments and connections to power in detail here. What is most interesting at this juncture is that in addition to being heavily involved in affairs of state herself, she sponsored the development of the poetry […]

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Ethics Part 3: Boethius & The Middle Ages

Boethius’ Consolations of Philosophy  is one of the 10 most important books you’ve never heard of.  The author wrote this Socratic style dialogue in 523 AD while in prison waiting to be strangled and bludgeoned to death for being politically incorrect, much like the reason for the poisoning of Socrates himself nearly a thousand years […]

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Ethics Part 2: Augustine, the Stoics & Buddha

In the “Star Wars” movies, Jedi Master Yoda makes statements like these, and I paraphrase: “Luke Skywalker is not a good candidate for Jedi training because he doesn’t focus on what he is doing right now in the present moment. He is not serious minded enough.” “The Force surrounds and binds all things. It is […]