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Philosophy

Odysseus fakes insanity, early 17th century tapestry. Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum, Ptuj Slovenia Although he is a major character in some accounts of the Trojan War, Palamedes is not mentioned in Homer's Iliad.   After Paris took Helen to Troy, Agamemnon sent Palamedes to Ithaca to retrieve Odysseus,...

There’s a story of a spiritual teacher whose daily sermons were powerful and inspiring. Hours of preparation often went into creating such messages of hope, love, forgiveness, and joy. One morning, before standing to deliver the day’s sermon, the teacher focused on the message about...

Most religions teach that God exists somewhere outside the world, perhaps in heaven. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was unusual in thinking that God is the world. He wrote about 'God or Nature', to make this point — meaning that the two words refer to the same...

I wonder how many people in this city live in furnished rooms. Late at night when I look out at the buildings I swear I see a face in every window looking back at me and when I turn away I wonder how many go back to their desks and write this...

I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln. When he became the president of America, his father was a shoemaker. And, naturally, egoistic people were very much offended that a shoemaker's son should become the president. They were aristocrats, super rich, who thought that it was their...

I believe that each of us has a dream placed in the heart. I’m not talking about wanting to win the lottery. That kind of idea comes from a desire to escape our present circumstances, not to pursue a heartfelt dream. I'm talking about a...

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