Azimuth | Music of the Spheres

Major celestial bodies, like the larger, nearer planets or lower magnitude stars are easily found in the night sky without much need for computerized assistance or even coordinates. One can just walk outside at night and using a finder scope quickly home in on those objects. However, a large portion of the objects that fill the night time sky: planets, moons, higher magnitude stars, nebulae, distant galaxies are not observable by the naked eye or even with lower magnification finder scopes; thus it is necessary to use coordinates on a chart to find these objects.
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Preternatural (Praeternatural)

I first encountered this word while in my studies at St. Bens.  It is a word used in metaphysics, the philosophy of nature, and in theology. It is used to define phenomena or events which fall outside of the normal or ‘natural’ but still happening by the agency of some created being (including spiritual beings). Continue reading “Preternatural (Praeternatural)”

Eudaimonia | Want to be happy?

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Words attributed to Frederick Keonig which speaks to a truth behind human happiness – a healthy practice of Gratitude is essential to happiness.

In Book X of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle says that happiness (eudaimonia) is the end of human nature.  Now when he says ‘end’ he doesn’t mean it in any temporal sense, but in the sense of completion or perfection.  In other words, he says that happiness is to be fully human.  What does that mean, “to be fully human”?  Continue reading “Eudaimonia | Want to be happy?”