At some point, I'm hoping to write more about what I mean by "spirituality" (section IV and onwards of "Problems of evil" is one gesture; also section VII and onwards of "Contact with reality"). In the meantime: the essays below tend to cover topics especially close to my heart.
Nearby is the country they call life.
Is everything holy? Can reality, in itself, be worthy of reverence?
Richard Dawkins imagines genes as selfish agents. I find it evocative (and in some cases, tragic) to stay within his gene-centered framing, but to remember that the genes are passive patterns, that don’t want to survive, that know not what they do — even as they structure the violence and beauty swirling around them.
If God were playing a concert, would you take some hit to your overall pleasure in order to go? Against experience machines.
How can “non-attachment” be compatible with care? We need to distinguish between caring and clinging.
You can’t keep any of it. The only thing to do is to give it away on purpose.