No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;”
JOHN DONNE, Meditation 17, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
My guiding philosophy is grounded in the natural order right at the intersection where the physical and the spiritual meet. I accept that the cosmos is fractured and therefore imperfect, for we see the evidence of it all around. Nevertheless, I adhere to what is natural as the default for most things.
I remain necessarily a critic of the Industrial Age and, further, of the Technological Age, for they threaten the natural world which is the cradle of all life. Unlike the simple and ingenious engineering systems of the Romans, these later developments work, not with nature, but against nature. They are based upon getting something for as close to nothing as possible, and this always has deleterious effects upon human character and the environment.
President Theodore Roosevelt extolled what he called the “strenuous life.” A certain amount of resistance, physical, emotional, and intellectual, builds healthy and mature minds and bodies. As machines take on more human tasks, our intellectual and physical abilities decline.
I am determined to reclaim the inconveniences I used to find frustrating — for they make my life a human one. I will face up to the hard task of dealing with things that may be inconvenient or uncomfortable to other people, and the solutions I find will be ultimately based on character, not on a convenient fix. I may at times be overwhelmed when the answers do not come immediately. Life may even be painful at times, but then again — only the living feel pain.
I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. and to know that the sun is there — that is living.”
FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov