Athene, Dancing

In the Philosophical History, Damascius writes that he saw an agalma of Aphrodite in armor and that the image struck him. I had a similar, much less intense experience recently when I came across this secular-function image of Athene, La Danse Triomphale, created in 1925 by Carlo Sarrabezolles. The plaque on the image's base reads, … Continue reading Athene, Dancing

Internalizing Externals and Fighting One’s Way Out

The true warfare with the Giants takes place in souls: whenever reason and intellect rule in them, the goods of the Olympians and Athena prevail, and the entire life is kingly and philosophical; but whenever the passions reign, or in general the worse and earth-born elements, then the constitution within them is tyranny.Proclus, Commentary on … Continue reading Internalizing Externals and Fighting One’s Way Out

Something Helpful From Proclus If You Want to Be Less Very Online in 2022

A few years ago, I discussed a passage from Proclus' Parmenides commentary. It was a short post, and I didn't share much beyond that. I want to flesh out some thoughts about that, speaking very heavily in first person, with the expectation that I am facing challenges similar to many people. Here is what Proclus … Continue reading Something Helpful From Proclus If You Want to Be Less Very Online in 2022

Prayer Itself Isn’t Toxic, but Spiritual Leaders Sometimes Can Be

For the past few weeks, I've been reading Amanda Montell's Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism. I'm two-thirds through reading it. In this post, I will discuss two points within the book: the first my critique of how Montell describes prayer, the second some comments I have on toxic leaders in spiritual communities abusing the concept … Continue reading Prayer Itself Isn’t Toxic, but Spiritual Leaders Sometimes Can Be