“I have… a terrible need… shall I say the word?… of religion. Then I go out at night and paint the stars.” Vincent van Gogh
It was a moonless night and I laid in the balmy August air on a sandy beach, watching and waiting passively for the stars to show themselves to me. Not unlike waiting for the...
A SINGLE CASE STUDY
I am an anomalous surge,
a bioelectromagnetic burst.
Study me with EEG topographic mapping
(a great advance over phrenology),
ferret out my subtle energies,
record the markers of my emotion,
sift my positive and negative ions
for signs of virtue,
and measure the build-up and collapse
of my electric dipoles
while I indulge my...
I have been interested in Existentialism for as long as I can remember. As a college freshman I took a course on Walt Whitman and wrote a paper on the existential ideas presented in Whitman’s poem, Song of Myself. Before I knew it, I was knee deep in existential concepts such as authenticity, existence precedes essence, freedom,...
As an existentialist I have a little problem in my life right now. The search for and experience of authentic self-identity and self-actualization are core existential values; those of us who embrace this tradition care deeply about becoming and being the individual human beings who we truly are and are meant to be. “Looking within,”...
“Freedom transcends and opens the door for the possibility of being and finding one’s authentic self. Freedom though cannot be experienced without the presence of destiny. Only in those moments when one exercises one’s freedom in conjunction with acknowledging one’s destiny is it possible for the true self to shine through...