One of the negative perceptions people often have of religion is the so-called denominational or sectarian conflicts. Even within Christianity alone, its long history seems to be riddled with a series of such disputes. In the early days of ancient churches, we can already observe these contentions in Paul's letters: I appeal to you, brothers … Continue reading Live and Die Our Lives
The Pursuit of Maturity
Reflecting on our human history, the quality of life has been improving ever since. In the prehistoric era, as hunter-gatherers, humans suffered from constant starvation, illness, and warfare. Because of that, human populations remained small; we were just one of the many wild animal species. Due to the invention of agricultural technology, human life drastically … Continue reading The Pursuit of Maturity
A Glass of Water
Everything is simple, at the same time, complex. Does it sound enigmatic? In reality, this ambivalence bothers us when we embrace multiple perspectives. For example, there is a glass of water in front of me on the sofa table. It looks like a mere object, which doesn't impact my life. I don't consider it as … Continue reading A Glass of Water
Who are our Neighbors?
One of the most fundamental components of life is a relationship. Without relationships, we can't find the existential reality that we live in this world and beyond. The very start could be our relationship with our mother. As one of the earliest life memories, we can't help but recall our interaction with our parents. Without … Continue reading Who are our Neighbors?
The Integral Approach
In physics, a theory of everything (ToE) signifies an effort of cosmological breakthrough. It is supposed to fill the chasm of ignorance between general relativity and quantum mechanics. With this effort, ToE could be an ultimate theory to understand the mysteries of Big Bang, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Despite this bold attempt, the focus … Continue reading The Integral Approach
The Armor of God
How can we protect ourselves from various kinds of sufferings and threats? As long as we live in this world, we can't avoid all these challenges. Life is difficult, which is the archetypal recognition that we all have in one way or another. Whether we like it or not, there is a stormy day. Various … Continue reading The Armor of God
Virtue, Mind, and Wisdom
We, humans, have experienced various sufferings throughout history from starvation to warfare to disease. Buddhism categorizes them as follows: Living (生苦, Jāti dukkha)Aging (老苦, Jarāpi dukha)Disease (病苦, Byādhipi dukkha)Death (死苦, Maraṇampi dukkha) Separating from someone we love (愛別離苦, Appiyehi dukkha)Meeting someone we don’t like (怨憎会苦, Piyehi dukkha)Can't get what we want (求不得苦, Yampiccha dukkha)Can't control … Continue reading Virtue, Mind, and Wisdom