Designing this website

dscn0387Website design has been greatly simplified since I designed my first website in 2002, using Dreamweaver, which was one of the first WYSIWYG editors. I am impressed with the capabilities of WordPress and I recommend it for those wanting to start their own websites. The image of the ocean that I have used in the header has many associations for me. It is from my own photo collection from the north coast of Kauai. There is a wild beauty in this image of the ocean that reminds me of romantic paintings of nature by artists like Caspar David Friedrich. Any philosopher that takes nondualism seriously must integrate nature into his or her ideas and worldview. Conversely, any ascetic turning away from nature and the world is inherently dualistic. We are said to have our beginnings in the sea, and the sea is also used in many metaphors of unity of our self and God (although I believe that our individuality remains). Finally, just as there are dangers navigating in rough seas, so there are risks to philosophical self-enquiry. I hope that my writings have identified some of the shoals and reefs that we may encounter, and that even if what Karl Jaspers referred to as philosophical shipwreck is necessary if we are to overcome our previously limited ideas, we may have the hope of ultimate transcendence. Here is another image from nature in Kauai that I have used on the cover of one of my books: a rainbow eucalyptus tree displaying a prism of colour that reminds me of the prism of our many modes of consciousness that arise from the unity of our selfhood.

One thought on “Designing this website

  1. Regarding design and the risk of philosophical shipwreck:
    Your friend MMM references James T. Bratt’s “Raging Tumults of Soul The private life of Abraham Kuyper” and characterizes such an experience as a “classical conversion pattern of *descent* and *return*.” He seems to suggest that this is a hazard common to any “discovery of the spiritual depths.” Yet MMM explicitly offers the following: “Kuyper’s ‘collapse’, then, was both personal and societal *history* in the making [?because?] he attempted to combine …*descent* into the heart and *ascent* to God… with his cultural (*historically-forming*) activities…”

    So is this experience unique to the reformational culture? (If the Orthodox culture has never experienced a Reformation, should that be taken to mean it doesn’t need one?) I have found such personal/cultural ‘disorder’ not unrelated to Post Traumatic Stress and when combined with Christian “cultural (*historically-forming*) activities” might be considered clinically as Post Traumatic Growth i.e. at least less ‘disorderly’ than the PTSD found in the news headlines.

    Please consider me grateful for your help managing the disorder so I can focus better on growth. And I wonder: Does the unavoidable corruption in every reformation inevitably lead to the next reformation? I sometimes think I see this in aviation safety: yesterday’s safety advancement is inevitably exploited to become tomorrow’s ‘competitive advantage’ leading to the next ‘BIG’ accident and the ensuing round of safety research. Is every culture ‘under the sun’ propelled down the road by Basden’s dialectical engine?

    Given the verity of creation, fall and redemption as a cosmic ground-motive, how could such an occupation be considered healthy? How does this occupational hazard compare to the debilitating cynicism which results from personally resisting the *descent* and *return* e.g. becoming an ‘ambulance-chaser’ kind of lawyer?


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