The pope steps down – a philosopher hunted down.
Catholic / Contemporary / Ethics / History / Medival / Religion / Spiritual

The pope steps down – a philosopher hunted down.


This is a sad day: “Der Lotse geht von Bord”. Our great spiritual and intellectual leader leaves the ship. I have respect for his decision, which must not have been an easy one for this modest man. I want to discuss the spiritual and political background of this. Spiritual consequences I pray that he has still enough time left and for his … Continue reading

Burning Ahmed Baba and Alexandrian library – Is Sufism haram?
Astrology / Contemporary / Gnostic / History / Medival / Religion / Science / Sufism

Burning Ahmed Baba and Alexandrian library – Is Sufism haram?


In another defining act of intellectual barbarism, “Islamist extremists” (term borrowed by AP – Activists, Islam fighters nor Islamists won’t do) in Mali destroyed a number of tombs in the ancient city of Timbuktu, which in the last year fell under control of a separatist insurgency. Home of the prestigious Sankore University, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Sufism (an Islam faction) throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, recall Timbuktu’s golden age. “The destruction is a divine order,” said a spokesman from Ansar Dine, a radical outfit with alleged links to al-Qaeda. Ansar Dine or “defenders of the faith” in Arabic is group led by a prominent leader of the Tuareg rebellion in the 1990s which wants the imposition of strict Sharia law across Mali.The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 @ 07:32 AMSEVARE, Mali (AP) — Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said today, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali’s fabled desert city. Continue reading

Can Hitler go to heaven? The evil presented in Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot.
C.G.Jung / Contemporary / History / Philosophy / Spiritual

Can Hitler go to heaven? The evil presented in Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot.


The problem of evil has been a subject of interest in religion and philosophy.  For our purpose here we want to approach the question in a inductive and  psychoanalytic way looking at historic persons: Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot: what is evil and what is the cause of it.  If we consider them evil – and I do – what … Continue reading

Last Print Newsweek – some thought on New Years Eve 2012/13.
Contemporary / History / Literature / Literature & Art

Last Print Newsweek – some thought on New Years Eve 2012/13.


Today I received the last print of the Newsweek. From now on all my information (and 5% of the new books) will be electronically, that is to say via Internet. I discarded all unreliable sources like TV and local newspaper long ago. Time wasters. Now all have been  replaced by Blogs, Skype Video, Twitter, WhisperNet and … Continue reading

PTSD and Moral Injury seen from C.G. Jung – Achilles in modern wars
C.G.Jung / Contemporary / Ethics / History

PTSD and Moral Injury seen from C.G. Jung – Achilles in modern wars


The Newsweek article “A New Theory of PTSD and Veterans: Moral Injury” was probably the best article I ever read about PTSD – besides Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam. Yes most important factors may very well be moral injury, traumatic events and being betrayed by leadership.  But, there is more  – ethical, Jungian depth psychological and political circumstances: Villains don’t … Continue reading

Truth and other lies – tool of powerfuls or tools for fools?
Contemporary / History / Philosophy

Truth and other lies – tool of powerfuls or tools for fools?


Newsweek run an excellent piece about the cultural implication of the Petraeus scandal, with which I largely agree. However, modern technology is not the main culprit nor is it really a privacy issue. Think of Seneca, Wallenstein, Petraeus, DSK, J. Assange and others . There is a recognizable pattern here. All of them were not destroyed by Gods,  but by powers … Continue reading

Four more tears – when symbolic images deceive
Contemporary / History / Recent Events

Four more tears – when symbolic images deceive


The world is governed by very different personalities than those believe, that do not look behind the scenes! Benjamin Disraeli. Re-election without mandate Now what. The story of Obama’s re-election was all about (changing) demographics, hollow phrases and deceiving images  like ” saviour of the poor” and looking presidential. The opponent  was successfully smeared down, without showing a sound … Continue reading