The Faithful Dreamer

Werner Herzog and the Pyramid of Life “Yes, the pyramids have been built, but if you give me 300,000 disciplined men and give me 30 years, I could build a bigger one.” -Werner Herzog    We are a race of dreamers. Fantasies, nightmares, visions, and ambitions. Noble goals of dissimilar fashions developed within our heartsContinue reading “The Faithful Dreamer”

A Comparison of the Philosopher-Kings in Plato’s Republic and Al-Farabi’s The Attainment of Happiness

An Essay by Daniel Joshuva  Overview:  This essay was written by my friend, Dany (Daniel) Joshuva, who’s been my colleague as we’ve both been studying literature, philosophy, theology, and various other topics for the past few years. Last semester he took a class regarding the Introduction to Classics of Western Thoughts and wrote this amazingContinue reading “A Comparison of the Philosopher-Kings in Plato’s Republic and Al-Farabi’s The Attainment of Happiness”

The Guest House

A Poem by Rumi: A Persian Poet, Theologian, and Scholar (1207-1273 A.D.) This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture, still,treat eachContinue reading “The Guest House”

Before I Was: A Hebrew Poem

This poem was written by Solomon ibn Gabirol, who was born into a Jewish family in the Al-Andalus region (Iberian Peninsula; Southern Spain) during the First Taifa period, early 1000 A.D. He studied extensively in philosophy, ethics, and biblical studies. He wrote well over a hundred poems, and one of his greatest works titled “FountainsContinue reading “Before I Was: A Hebrew Poem”

Life and Wine: Extracts and Studies from “Rudaki” a Classical Persian Poet

       This is wine- if the merest driblet falls in the Nile, its scent makes the sober crocodile drunk without end. If the deer on the plain drinks but a single drop, he becomes a roaring lion, fearing no tiger.     Live in joy with joyous black-eyed girls, for life is justContinue reading “Life and Wine: Extracts and Studies from “Rudaki” a Classical Persian Poet”

Battle of Verdun (Part I)

      On this day, 104 years ago, marked the first day of the longest battle of World War I, known as the Battle of Verdun. Being among the bloodiest battle in modern history, approximately 750,000 French and Germans were killed in just 299 days, averaging 70,000 casualties per month. The men who participated thereContinue reading “Battle of Verdun (Part I)”

Introduction

     The world is filled with pain, grief, agony, shame, and sorrow. Yet, beyond that wall of corruption, the world is also filled with light, color, music, wonderful dialogues and magnificent wonders forged everywhere. Inspiring works and beautiful creations are infinite, yet many will fall among the fate of ashes and dust. Thus far,Continue reading “Introduction”