Neolithic Wisdom

History as the rigorous and systematic study most of us Westerners know and either love or loathe began in ancient Greece, with Herodotus and Thucydides.    Those early historians celebrated the great deeds of men (literally men) and their famous chronicles of war and triumph are touchstones in the tradition of Western Humanism.  In the pastContinue reading “Neolithic Wisdom”

Children of the Earth

One Saturday in February,   back in 2002,  I flew out to Portland, Oregon,  to interview Jean M. Auel, the bestselling author of The Clan of the Cave Bear, about Ayla, a blond Cro Magnon girl who was orphaned by an earthquake and adopted by Neanderthals.  I agreed with most readers that Auel’s fifth novel, SheltersContinue reading “Children of the Earth”

Help in Hard Times

Last time, I wrote about how being in the “great loneliness”–whether in the actual wilderness or in a private wilderness of suffering–can reveal truths that are hidden to others.    “The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me,” wrote the thirteenth century mystic Meister Eckart.  Hard times haveContinue reading “Help in Hard Times”