By Christopher MacDonald

The Inevitable Regrounding

Marshall McLuhan, in his famous 1964 book,  Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man,  declared that “the medium is the message” ”McLuhan proposes that a communication medium itself, not the messages it carries, should be the primary focus of study. He showed that artifacts as media affect any society by their characteristics, or content.” (Wikipedia summation). Nicholas…

What is Transformation?

And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18, ESV)  What is transformation? Within both Christian academic circles and the Self-Help community I have noted popular teachers tossing the terms “transformational” and…

52 Cards face up & Our Apologies

I started humanmeaning.org a few years back as the culmination of a life-long exploration of all questions related to the core human quest for primary meaning. This started at the age of 19 when someone, noting my interest in psychology, thought I would benefit from Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer-Prize willing book The Denial of Death and…

Matisse Revisited

I have loved Matisse forever. I considered naming my daughter Camille, well…you get it. I’m happy with Camille and so is she. But I first saw Matisse’s Jazz (cut-outs which are pretty simple but amazing) at the old SFMOMA with a group of high school students I had brought there for a retreat. We had stayed…

Not a Retreat – It’s an Advance

  More and more our virtual and actual lives are jockeying for position. This article spends zero time on the goodness, badness or effects. This is about how to use some aspects of virtual life to your personal existential advantage; or how you can use the idea of a digital retreat as an actual means…

Isn’t it time to Explore for “Meaning?”

I am as big a Marvel fan as anyone (I had actually read the Infinity Gauntlet decades ago) but realized recently that in a culture which offers less and less opportunities for meaningful action we are being fed no less than 40 major superhero franchises (if you add DC) to live vicariously through. That is a…