Questions: Fear of Trying

Following some previous thoughts on how our certainty can blind us and close us off to the world I now turn to questioning the fear that backs that certainty. I believe wholeheartedly that certainty is what drives the fear within us. You see, we become so very certain that our ideas, our beliefs, are foundational…

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Ch. 3

This chapter is largely only concerned with he interaction between Shadow and his now undead wife. The scene itself was mostly the same as it was adapted yet the feeling was a bit different. The character of Laura comes off as stranger in her demeanor towards life. In the show you see her as having…

John Ch. 8 v. 31-59

This section finishes the chapter and while we do get an interesting encounter between Jesus and those in the temple. I must say that it is very easy to play devils advocate here in seeing through the eyes of those who listened to Jesus. If there were some great prophet who just so happened to…

Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut Ch. 3

This chapter continues much like the first or should I say second in telling the tale of Billy Pilgrim. It is intriguing to go between the harsh war reality and the seemingly mundane future Billy keeps rubber banding between. The mystery of what happened in Dresden is also something that keeps the reader going because…

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Ch. 2

I do not have a whole lot to say about this chapter because the show really did provide a very faithful adaptation of what occurs. I will say that Shadow, yet again, comes off as so much more of a real character in the book, displaying these complex emotions which would naturally be processing through…

Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard Panegyric

This section is called a Panegyric . This term is defined as high praise or  a eulogy for someone of great esteem. At such Kierkegaard does just that praising Abraham and the enormity of the task which befell him. The entirety of the section is mainly used to ruminate on the sacrifice which was requested….

Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut Ch. 2

This chapter truly begins the book. We are introduced to Billy Pilgrim the man unstuck from time. The chapter details prince in his life that are seemingly very random. This is a loud because it seems that Billy as a character cannot get a handle on his own time. For some unknown reason he is…

John Ch. 8 v. 12-30

I believe the most crucial part of this section of verses is found in the I am statement of Jesus proclaiming he is the light of the world. I’ve always appreciated how this harkens back to the beginning of the book in which in which “the word” is said to have life which is the…