This is where I post the things I write that can’t really be called academic philosophy, and that haven’t earned their own place in the menus at the top of my page. These writings can all be appropriately called spiritual philosophy, but where they fall along the formal-conversational axis will vary.

– Joseph

The Children: 1. The Coming of Age

In the years since the departure of Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, the winds of Orphalese had intensified. And with these winds the spirit of the prophet encircled the homes of the people he loved and yet left behind. Upon these winds, that same spirit imbued... read more

The Children: 2. On the Self

One of the younger priests spoke first: Tell us, what is the self that seems so illusive? The next child spoke: There is You and there is you. Most of you think that you are you without ever learning that ‘you’ is not the same as ‘You’. That is... read more

The Children: 3. On Good and Evil

The priest rose again and asked: And what of good and evil? The next child answered: You can not be Good or Evil by accident. All of us are good and evil, for these are the light and dark within us, but we can not be both Good and Evil. The Good love to serve all the... read more

The Children: 4. On Becoming an Adult

One of the parents, who thought to test these children, said: tell us about becoming an adult. The next child answered: Adulthood comes not with age, title, visage or achievement. Adulthood gives no outward sign of its graceful authority. The signs of adulthood are... read more

The Children: 5. On Compassion

Then a woman, the city’s most trusted healer, stood and said: Tell us about compassion. The next child answered, saying: Compassion is love that seeks to understand what can not be understood. It moves where it is needed, not as an emissary, but as an emigrant.... read more

The Children: 6. On Sex

Then another woman said timidly, her husband blushing: Please tell us about sex. The next child answered: Between two who move as one with each other, a gaze into the eye of the beloved is itself an act of lovemaking. What you call “sex” is only its most obvious... read more

The Children: 7. On Friends & Enemies

Then a young man surrounded by his brotherhood spoke up: Speak to us about friends and enemies. The next child responded, saying: Allow yourself few friends and no enemies. And what is a friend? A friend brings you what you didn’t know you needed and tells you... read more

The Children: 8. On Words

Then the city’s most vaunted poet spoke, saying: Please speak to us about words. The next child answered: Do not trust words. They are flimsy and floppy. You may inflate them into many beautiful and sophisticated shapes, but a jester can easily twist them into... read more

The Children: 9. On Reputation

One of the city’s councilwomen then stood, saying: Speak to us about reputation. The next child answered, saying: There are those of you who say that what others think of you matters not one iota. Others, however, say that your reputation is the only thing that... read more

The Children: 10. On Men & Women

Then an androgynous younger person said: Tell us about men and women. The next child answered: To be a man is not merely to be masculine, and to be a woman is not merely to be feminine. Both are found in each. Masculinity is the concept manifest in the male body, and... read more

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