Ideas Have Consequences

The Eclipse of Happiness

Ideas Have Consequences: The Eclipse of Happiness I don’t think I’d be too far wrong in saying that most people in the Western world are not happy campers at the moment. Between the riots in Greece, the Occupy (Insert Town/Place Here) movement and all the real suffering caused by the economic crisis, it is fair to say that most people’s [...]

Johnny Be Good … and Loving

Ideas Have Consequences: Johnny Be Good … and Loving In my last article, I penned a story about Johnny and Sara that was meant to help make concrete the metaphysical and anthropological concepts that we have been discussing so far. Without further ado, let me provide an answer key to see if we’re on the same page. This key is [...]

Johnny Be Good – A Test

Ideas Have Consequences: Johnny Be Good – A Test Last week I was being interviewed one morning by Brian Patrick, host of Son Rise Morning Show [i] in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had been discussing my last article “Johnny Be Good” and admittedly the conversation was a bit abstract for 6:35 in the morning. Near the end of the interview Brian [...]

Johnny Be Good – An Introduction

Ideas Have Consequences: Johnny Be Good – An Introduction Every day, in homes around the world and in every language, parents are ushering their children out the door and off to school, camp, a sleep-over or some other parent-free function with the time honoured exhortation: “Have fun and be good!” Some children, usually the older and more worldly-wise, will mutter [...]

You, Your Conscience and Pinocchio

Ideas Have Consequences: You, Your Conscience and Pinocchio Every once in a while a news story crosses my path that makes me wonder who exactly is writing this series. Just as I’m reaching the time to discuss a particular topic something happens that coincides perfectly with it, illustrating wonderfully what it is that is being explained. This happens in the [...]

The Philosophy of Sex

Ideas Have Consequences: The Philosophy of Sex Perhaps the only absolute statement you can make in our society which will not receive any disagreement is that human beings are sexual beings. No matter what a person’s political or philosophical point of view they are most likely to agree to the statement that human beings are sexual. In fact in some [...]

Hockey, Football and other Religions!

Ideas Have Consequences: Hockey, Football and other Religions So far during this series of articles we have been laying out a simple framework that incorporates all the unchanging elements of this universe we live in; elements that are not physical or measurable, but rather principles upon which all of reality rests on. Metaphysics shows us that we intuitively realize certain [...]

Humanity’s “Identity Crisis”

Ideas Have Consequences: Human Nature – “Humanity’s Identity Crisis” I’m getting old … and soft … and grumpy! I just got back from two weeks of “tenting it” and I’m hurtin’. Thirty years ago, all I needed was a backpack, sleeping bag, fishing rod and off I’d go. A lean-to would keep me dry, ferns for a mattress would comfort [...]

We’ve Lost that “Loving” Feeling Too

Ideas Have Consequences: Human Nature – We’ve Lost that “Loving” Feeling Too Before we start, put the following question in the back of your mind and let it sit there until we pick it up near the end. Gentlemen, don’t fall into the temptation of answering right away, because anything you say can and will be used against you, and [...]

We’ve Lost that “Thinking” Feeling

Ideas Have Consequences: Human Nature – We’ve Lost that “Thinking” Feeling When I first begin a new semester of teaching Philosophy, I always begin by asking students for their opinions on certain moral and social questions. In almost all cases the student’s response begins with: “I feel that…” These three little words are indicative, I think, of why there is [...]