In the vast expanse of the mind lies a space, delicately poised between tangible reality and the ethereal unknown. This realm, governed by the unwavering justice and cosmic reason of the logos, is familiar to only a select few: philosophers who grasp its profound significance.
Within Pronoia: The Stoic Providence, the spotlight is cast not on a linear history of Stoicism, but on its deeper theoretical underpinnings. The narrative delves into the Stoics’ understanding of humanity’s place within this living logos and the contrasts between these philosophical beliefs and the martial character of the Roman state. As the text unfolds, readers are introduced to how Stoic thought shaped the vision of an ideal state and the role of the principate from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius.
Critical questions emerge: Why did the Stoic circle uphold the ‘optimus civis’ and dismiss certain emperors they deemed unworthy? How did iconic Stoic figures like Cato the Younger and his nephew Brutus become symbols of philosophical resistance against the early empire’s less ‘enlightened monarchs’? Only the philosopher-king, wielding the wisdom of both worlds, can bridge these realms, bestowing upon his subjects a understanding of their cosmic destiny.
This exploration illuminates the intricate intersections of philosophy and politics within the Stoic worldview.
Peter Crawford is well known in Australia and internationally for his leadership in reforming governmental organisations and institutions, notably in environmental and water domains. In recent years he has focused on the role of political ideas and influence on national approaches to water management and water security. He is now one of the few international experts, who is both formally qualified and sufficiently experienced to write a book exploring the way politics and public policy formulation currently interact with science, social science and multiple interests in shaping national water security.
In studying water security in Australia, China and Japan, Dr Crawford has shown that despite the great difference between the political ideologies of the three nations, the exercise of political power has frequently had similar adverse impacts on national water security outcomes - especially when independent, evidence-backed advice has been ignored. Equally, the way each nation has modified major river systems, by giving priority to economic development, has frequently compromised current and future efforts to achieve the sustainability of these systems and their potential to contribute positively to national water security.
It becomes clear as the book progresses, that deterioration in national water security not only threatens human and environmental welfare but, if unchecked, could undermine future national welfare and prosperity in each nation. Yet, none of the three states under review has assigned water security the priority it deserves nor developed a national strategy to advance future water security. Other states could well benefit from analysis of this kind, by assessing the extent to which current policies and measures are impacting on national water security, followed by formulation of a strategy explicitly designed to improve future prospects.
What is the purpose of life? For what reason do we exist? These are the questions Hans-Juergen Strichow addresses in his search for the answer to Why Do We Live? With his thorough analysis of conceptual ideas of physics, metaphysics, survival of the fittest, and the fulfilment of needs and wants, we are not only witnessing a new body of knowledge (or science) relating to why we exist on this planet, but also the existence of a God (or Grand Designer of everything there is), the key to which lies in the irrefutable connection between 'The Human Condition' and 'The Grand Order of Design'. Further proof is provided by ‘Why' the businesses of industry and government operate the way they do, and what purposes they provide for humanity. Strichow touches on global crises of poverty, climate control, and economic woes; postulates on the strategy of government, religion, and education; and theorises on the different role players in business. From well-researched fact sharing, and from retelling memories of his own youth, adolescence, and adulthood, we see examples of how symptom bearers and problem solvers will always fluctuate in the way they seek the answer to their 'Ultimate Purpose in Life.'
It is possible that those with the worst symptoms of madness represent no more than the tip of a neurological iceberg. Madness or, more technically, psychosis, may be part of the human condition rather than a disease. Psychotic genes are considered to have an infinitely graded effect and the lesser degrees of their influence are considered to have had positive effects, which is why they are still in the human genome. Humanity's unique abilities may have arisen about 100,000 years ago in a neurological revolution caused by a psychotic mutation. This involved a compromise - the ability to use words, at the expense of a loss of existential confidence. The ancestral response to this loss was to use the new gift of language to construct imaginary scenarios that provided existential assurance and facilitated the imposition of social order. Thus arose mythology and, later, religions.
The Divided States of America is a political book that goes deeper than most have dared to go. It digs right into the very meaning of being an American. It dissects what it is that is ailing American politics today, and what it is going to take to fix it. There are so many issues in the United States that people are refusing to talk about and The Divided States of America takes them head on. While approaching the issues Americans face with realism, there is room to be optimistic. The partisan war that is threatening to tear America apart can be stopped. There are far too many 'obvious' American truths that have been forgotten, and The Divided States of America is a much-needed refresher. The American people need this book and they need it right now
From the very dawn of time when humanity started to explore our blue planet there has also always been a compulsion to find our true origins – body, soul and spirit. In this modern age we accept that those origins came from a sun-drenched primordial pool full of organic sea sludge. If you travelled back in time 90,000 years and spoke to cave people from Africa to Australia drawing on their walls and showed them the sea sludge we had once come from, they would hardly be able to stop laughing before they clubbed some sense into you. Because they know; they feel; they sense not affiliation with sea sludge but with a powerful force, that we are not alone. That search to find them… who watch you from unseen dimensions is just as powerful today as it was in people thousands of years ago. Many people make contact with them… in pre-birth experiences as do in post-death experiences. Real demons that travel from the underworld of Hades to visit you and real angels who travel from the Kingdom of Heaven to protect you; but why? What do you have that they want? Hidden deep in ancient biblical scrolls are the coded instructions on how to actually visit these other dimensional worlds. Your body is the container that takes your consciousness physically anywhere you choose to go on earth. Your soul is the lost container that can take your consciousness spiritually anywhere in infinity and beyond. Travel with me to a place outside your physical self on the greatest adventure you will ever experience. This book is about you; the person you are now with, the life you have today. This book uses your very own name as you read its pages, you are the main character. It also enables you to leave the life you have now and travel deep into other dimensional worlds, where survival is not about weapons but about knowledge of who you really are and where you really came from.
Is there such a thing as a genuine human being?
Dr Tareq, a psychologist and criminologist, investigates the case of Mikha Midas, an American/Syrian philosopher who shows no criminal tendencies. Tareq needs to know Mikha's moral character and whether he could be persuaded to spy on one of his cultures, at the request of the other.
All of the interviews take place in Mikha's prison cell while his fate is decided. The philosophical discussions between Tareq and Mikha, as to what constitutes moral character, truth, humanity and a good life, make deep and interesting reading.
With the sinister interrogators of Al-Mukhabarat waiting in the wings, Tareq is deeply involved. For all his knowledge and insight, has he been misled? Despite his protestations of purity of purpose, his loyalty and sincerity, could Mikha a spy? And if he is - what then?
Immortalaeism II provides a book of application for power itself, and it also provides a book of application to the notions of eternal life and immortality. By crowning the series this far with a second book of Immortalae, which is the treatise of heroism, Vaul Impera provides a personal reality, where all of his philosophy and spiritualism may be applied; the idea of immortality itself. Combining the skill of power itself, given by a series of visions with the knowledge of immortality, Vaul pours this series together into the mould of an immortal man, as constant in the Universe as time, or justice. He foretells of the immortal man, a creation of the spiritual-philosophy he has written, Immortalaeism.
Vaul Impera investigates the fundamental philosophical aspects of power, demonstrating fundamental aspects of the relationship of power itself, and the relationship of power to human nature. Examining what power is, Vaul proceeds to discuss what power is to people, and in a convincing argument, illustrates how to increase in power, and also to determine if one is powerful. In the second writing of Immortalaeism, Vaul illuminates the philosophy of empire. Concerned with the element of rulership, which was discussed in power, Vaul provides a beginning for the philosophy of empire, which he simply uses as an empirical demonstration of power, indicating it is written to be an appendix, demonstrating power in organisation. Lastly, Vaul relates a spiritual book called Immortalae, which was produced through a spiritual endeavour that lasted thirteen years, from the time Vaul was eighteen. Attempting many religions experiences and philosophies, Vaul communicates his spirituality, which he has founded and established as his own religion, which in eventuality, includes all three written works into a paradigm that Vaul labels, Immortalaeism. Vaul provides spiritual answers that surround the notion of the holy grail in the final book. All three writings are transmitted through his personal experience on the subjects, and are a product of his life circumstances.
If you prefer to think outside the box, then this book is for you. It is an insightful, penetrating, and far-reaching call to decency, integrity, and accountability. The book is a clarion call to re-evaluate our man-made world of dogmas, ideologies, myths, and masculine institutions and industries. It is a strongly worded call to embrace facts and critical thinking; especially, in the face of religious, political, and conspiratorial distortions of key human and environmental issues. Can We Do Better? is a clear-headed invitation to informed, rational and values-based citizenship, custodianship, and leadership. Necessarily, therefore, this book is a robust call to integrity and accountability in governance.Every chapter invites us to be aware, factual, honest, sensitive, compassionate, and responsible. In contrast to the modern prominence of individualistic transactional leveraging, this book advocates values-based relationships, communities, and ecologies.We men are invited to confront some ‘inconvenient truths’, and to learn from and internalise Yin-based wisdom. To promote Yin-based wisdom, this book encourages women and First Peoples to step forward as role models, educators, stewards, and leaders. In conjunction with Yin-based wisdom, this book argues that a critical mass of us need to embrace holistic and homeostatic systems principles and priorities.‘Holistic systems wisdom’ is crucial in reducing longstanding fragmentation, harms, suffering and disasters. So… be curious and read this compelling and innovative book.Look out for the publication of a ‘Companion Workbook’ that is designed to enable you to explore and apply the values and principles in Can We Do Better?
Underlying the writing of this book is the great gap left in our society by the slow and lingering death of God the Father Almighty. What shall we do now that we are orphans in this world? What can we do with all those wonderful Gothic buildings, now that the spirit has gone out of them? The full magnitude of the change stupefies the mind. Yet there is also an enormous liberation, for a patriarchal culture is so unnatural that it does real structural damage to the psyches of those who grow up in it. That fathers should, right into the twentieth century, own their children and mothers have no rights to them, was the legacy of the One God. That women could not keep their own money—their husbands owned it and have done so throughout our history—came from the same place. We are a crippled culture, facing now our own extinction, and only beginning to find our potential to deal with it.And though God is indeed dead, as Nietzsche told us a little while ago, the mystery that things exist—that anything exists at all, let alone this world with all its beauty and its depths—surrounds us with greater force than the presence of that God permitted; and it is Einstein, the scientist, who points us towards it:“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead—his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the centre of true religiousness.”– Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies
Most thinking people pause at times to wonder what life is all about. Where do we come from and where do we go after we shuffle off this mortal coil? Of course, no one has all the answers so we become seekers of truth. Meditation is a good starting point in order to calm the mind and open up channels into deeper areas of being. If we are serious, we should pray for wisdom, then inner and outer teachers appear and our journey on an uncharted ocean begins. Nothing is given on a plate, but little by little, small pieces of the jigsaw begin to fit; however, as one question is answered, a dozen more pop up. It is an exciting process and if we persevere, we learn about subjects that are not on the curriculum of any earthly university but are aspects of the ageless wisdom. Take your courage in your hands and enjoy the journey through Worlds Within Worlds.