Saturday, October 3, 2020

autumn 2020


See the site home page for the current update.

While gathering notes for my new little “democracy” project, something from five years ago turned up within notes for that: a link to a long ago page—forgotten?—about “a trace of spirited time.” It seems apt to reiterate.


Sept. 23 | This soul in America continues his explorations (not generally in third person voice).


Sept. 20 | Summer ends (two days away), “american humanity” continues (one hopes), intimating “humanity of Our potentiating futurity” maybe?—which sounds pretentious, but it’s not, you’ll see.



Friday, September 18, 2020

american humanity



When Joe Biden avowed in mid-August that “the soul of America is on the ballot,” he was as vitally accurate as the so-called “Idea of America” is readily forgotten by predatory politics.

Twelve years beyond Obama’s 2004 declaration that “there is no Red America, there is no Blue America; there is the united states of America,” he hallmarked the humanity of the American Idea at the U.N. and at Hiroshima. Then, last month he avowed the sacredness of our citizenship.

I’ve wanted to show how the integral futurity of oneSself flourishing is the point of historical value, the soul of humanism (upcoming), the appeal of humanities (more coming), and the humanitarian heart of enlightened governance (never ending).

The soul of one’s life is always on the road to making and keeping the soul of one’s neighborhood as largely horizoned as one’s region needs from everyone for thriving.

Can the promise of American democracy depend on cherishing the “impossible” Idea of being an American soul?

The question is fun to explore.


next—> “humanity of Our potentiating futurity



Thursday, September 17, 2020

summer 2020



Things are evolving. I thought I’d have more of my current project to upload by now, but I’m a victim of themic mitosis, which is when a topic divides itself into longer subtopics than earlier anticipated. Five became eight first-level topics, and several of those have divided themselves (they do it without my initiative—phenomenally speaking) into several second-level topics each.

I believe I’ve recovered from the mitosis, so progress should be good before next check-in.


Sept. 5 | “being an American (with conceptual issues)” is a prospective venture in light of the four leading lights of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. It results in a sense of political virtue; and is the first part of an 8-part project that I hope to finish—I expect to finish—before the election of Biden opens a new era of American and global politics.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

“I caused his death? Sorry, dude, my brain did it.”



A Washington Post article this week about why people are blasé about covid-19 risk unwittingly gives good reason why philosophers worry about “mind-brain” relations/difference, titled: “How our brains…” I thought we each had only one. “…numb us to covid-19’s risks.” There are so many of me, you know.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

spring 2020



being of the point in a life” may seem obliquely titled, but it’s apt for beginning a new project that will be an ordered set of prospective topics.


Friday, June 5, 2020

being of the point in a life



“What’s the point?” is at least implicit to any focused attention (though commonly explicit), yet also implicit to unfocused interest, like the intrinsic curiosity of children and older explorers: What’s implicitly “there” to be discovered? What’s interesting? What’s satisfying?

And “So, what?”: What’s important? What’s worthwhile?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

winter 2020



Today among days, I find increasing media opinion that We are in a milestone of the century. Tom Friedman is an example.

Yet, I find far more opinion indicating that a new season is merely postponed.

In my opinion, fall of 2020, then 2021 are to be fabulous for Euro-American life—not to forget others’ suffering. My modest life is, as I said last year, “luxury compared to what most of humanity endures daily. But I do my best to be basically optimistic.”