Owen C. Middleton (convict 79206) and the Meaning of Life

In 1930 the historian and philosopher Will Durant—who was at that time a famous public intellectual—received a number of letters from persons declaring their intent to commit suicide. The letters asked him for reasons to go on living. In response Durant asked a number of luminaries for their views on the meaning of life, publishing … Continue reading Owen C. Middleton (convict 79206) and the Meaning of Life

Finding Meaning in a Life Prison Sentence

In 1930 the historian and philosopher Will Durant—who was at that time a famous public intellectual—received a number of letters from persons declaring their intent to commit suicide. The letters asked him for reasons to go on living. In response Durant asked a number of luminaries for their views on the meaning of life, publishing … Continue reading Finding Meaning in a Life Prison Sentence

Should We Accept Religious Beliefs?

The head shaman of the religious community Altan Serge in Buryatia. In my last post on outgrowing my childhood religious beliefs, I said this: Some ideas are mostly self-evident and others just aren’t available to you…. So I believe the earth rotates around the sun…and that biological evolution is true, but I can’t believe that … Continue reading Should We Accept Religious Beliefs?