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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…

Going Back Without Going Backward

It’s a very strange feeling to be inside a law office after almost four years. For one thing, there’s the nostalgic smell: a combination of paper, ink, stress, greed, decade old high-traffic carpet and coffee. For another there’s the physical presence of it, a world of people wearing business clothes and professional smiles, offering firm…

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…

An Uncovering

More than any year in my (admittedly short) life 2020 felt interminable. I feel like I aged at least a decade that year, and talking to my friends and family I don’t think I’m the only one. So much has happened, so much has changed; how are we to make sense of it all? One…