As technology develops, we have all notice time speeding up in our experience. As time accelerates, it is also beginning to eliminate the natural relationships of space, of distance and reducing our capacity to exist in stable identities. Diseases like ADHD, fragmented families and the breakdown of hierarchies in general are symptoms of a mode of being which goes with the acceleration of time.
I look at the symbolism of death based on my recent events surrounding me and examine the strange thrill which comes when being faced with death. I also discuss that time I met the punk band Sum 41 in a Congolese war zone.
As a complement to my Clown World video, I will look at a traditional story in which the wizard Merlin appears as a hysterically laughing wildman who restores the world by his laughter. This is found in The Romance of Silence, a thirteenth century Arthurian Romance which has come to prominence in recent times.
In the wake of many attacks on Jordan Peterson, I look at the danger of reducing symbolic structures to their historical association with groups, schools of thinking and occult personalities.
Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is a priest, an author, a podcaster and avid fan of JRR tolkien. Having recently started a Tolkien themed podcast named Amon Sul with Ancient Faith, Fr. Andrew and I discuss stories, liturgy and what it means to be at the threshold of the sacred.
Looking at how Twitter and other social media are used in the social narrative can help us understand what a reign of chaos looks like. […] The recurring image of the mass shooter is a symptom of celebrity culture, where our attention, rather than being taken by our transcendent purpose and common identity is rather tyrannized by a succession of excesses.
One of the criticisms I get is how by saying something is symbolic, I am somehow suggesting that it is not describing an event in the world. This stems from a deep misunderstanding of what symbolism is. Symbolism is not so much an arbitrary allegorical representation of something, but rather the very pattern by which we notice meaning.
Although on the surface, Alex Jones seems to spout off crazy stuff, but when looking at the patterns in which he engages, another image begins to appear. I try to analyze some of the imagery he uses in his videos.
A podcast exclusive interview. An interview conducted at Wycliffe College for a special event regarding art and its place in the world.
A deep discussion about Christianity, art and the place of artists of Faith in the contemporary cultural landscape.