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The Nature of Religion

Hello Mr. Marshall!

I have been a reader of your blog for quite a while now, and I decided it's time to try to connect with you. I am very impressed by the quality of your blog posts and I enjoy reading them daily. And I am aware that you don't have much time for reading emails lately (which is good, people reach out to you and they should reach out. It is great that you offer yourself like this!), so I'll try to keep my first email brief.

I am starting to grow an interest in existentialism, religious and spiritual philosophy. Since I'm just starting this field I would like to start off with the right material, so I was wondering if you could recommend me some books or other material on these subjects?

Of course I completely understand if you don't have time for it, or if this email flies right into the trash folder - some things are not meant to be.

In any case, I wish you kind regards. S

Submerged

On The Wild While of Mild Miles

When did the whirlpool become an ocean?

I've been drifting; in between days, floating from one dreary hour to the next. A go with the flow momentum, no matter the maelstrom of monumental strife met at certain moments in my life.

There's an old saying, I remember my father trying to reinforce

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail"

I've always considered that a paradox. After all, if you have a plan to fail, that's still a plan, isn't it? And it has a rather high chance of guaranteed success. But that's circular, defeatist thinking, isn't it? And we're not allowed to have that are we, as a species striving towards the next stage of evolution, our progressive culture programmed way before puberty struck with self-awareness.

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