‘Art Needs No Justification’

Several months ago, when I was thinking about what I wanted to do in the future, I realised that the majority of my gifts were in the arts - such as writing, playing music, and the study of languages. To make a living off these interests is not impossible but is more difficult than other... Continue Reading →

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Final Thoughts on Moving to Tokyo.

Presenting yourself as someone who 'has it all together' is important in Tokyo - a city full of those who, by all appearances, appear successful. But if you dig below the layers, there is an emptiness that engulfs the soul. The product of this is the salaryman or student trying to find rest on a... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Moving to Tokyo, 4.

I recently met with a friend and said something along the lines of: 'When Japanese people leave Japan and go to a Western nation, they generally adopt Western values and move towards a more healthy self-image. But I don't know what values I will take home from my time here if any." Thankfully, my friend... Continue Reading →

Augustine

“Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my unlovely state, I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not... Continue Reading →

Kierkegaard

'I have vainly sought an anchor in the boundless sea of pleasure as well as in the depths of knowledge. I have felt the almost irresistible power with which one pleasure reaches a hand to the next; I have felt the counterfeit enthusiasm it is capable of producing. I have tasted the fruits of the... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on moving to Tokyo, 3.

'Back in my room, I thought hard. Although my spine was being eaten away by tuberculosis and I stumbled as I walked, we had been blind to its presence simply because it had not appeared on the X-ray. If this ignorance had continued, might not all my bones have been affected? I certainly would have... Continue Reading →

Denial

'Denial—usually in some form of rationalization—is the primary device that humans use to deal with their own wrongness. It was the first thing out of the mouths of Adam and Eve after they sinned, and it continues up to the latest edition of the newspaper. The prophetic witness from God must throw itself against the... Continue Reading →

Charles Taylor

“My discovering my own identity doesn't mean that I work it out in isolation, but that I negotiate it through dialogue, partly overt, partly internal, with others.” Charles Taylor

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