Book Review: Love Is Stronger Than Death By Peter Kreeft Ph.D. | #SmartReads

LoveStrongerDeath

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Zy Marquiez
May 15, 2017

I read two of Kreeft’s book in the past and found his writing to follow a very direct non-nonsense approach, regardless of topic.   That being the case, thought it prudent to avail myself of more of his work, given the quality and insights.

Compared to some of Kreeft’s other books which I recently began reading, this book didn’t’ sound as alluring.  However, knowing that Kreeft shovels pearls of wisdom by the truckload in his books, it seemed prudent to proceed open-mindedly – as one always should – into this new book.

Love Is Stronger Than Death by philosopher Peter Kreeft Ph.D. is an in-depth gander into love, death, life through five lenses: death as an enemy, death as a stranger, death as a friend, death as a mother, death as a lover.  Curious chapter titles no doubt, and yet, each offer more than ample insights to ruminate upon.

Examining this curious conundrum, Kreeft takes a very methodical and deft approach into attempting to take the taboo out of death.  Following many thought-provoking considerations, Kreefts undoubtedly leaves the reader not only with a fresh new understanding of death, but a new reassuring point of view of life.

The profound ruminations that Kreeft embarks in are quite meaningful, as they tend to add color to the strands of life that are often fraught with greys and blacks.  For instance:

“On the one hand, death is loss of self; on the other, loss of death is loss of meaning, of identity, of self.  On the one hand, death takes is loss of meaning, of identity, of self.  On the one hand, death takes from me my self, and immortality would give me my self snatched from the jaws of death of nothingness.  On the other hand, death gives me my self, as we have discovered in this chapter, and the “Immortality pill” would snatch it from me.  Death both unmakes me and makes me.”[1]

Passages as such leave the reader much to ponder upon.

Employing a multi-pronged approach, Kreeft deftly uses logic, analogies, biblical lessons, as well as philosophy to strip away much of the mystery that has confounded humanity since time immemorial.

In fact, Kreeft at one point speaks honestly about the subject:

“My concocting and writing this book about death has sharpened my appreciation of life also – beyond all my expectations.  The thought of death has made my life exactly the opposite of  “morbid.”  But why passively read about this experience in other people?  “Look thy last on all things lovely” now.  You have something infinitely better to do than to continue reading this book.  Meet your friend.  Lay the book down for ten minutes and ask yourself what you would think, feel, say, and do if you knew this was the last ten minutes of your life.  And then do it.  For the very good reason that it might be the last ten minutes of your life, and for the equally good reason that some ten minutes certainly will be your last.”[2]

Whether one agrees with his religious views or not, how can someone not appreciate a mind, and individual, with such an honest and caring point of view?

Throughout his books, seeing Kreeft employ logic and philosophy in a sound manner has made me appreciate the value of keen mental faculties that much more.  That said, Love Is Stronger Than Death has made me appreciate life even more so.  Not because I did not appreciate life, because I did, especially having had many bouts with serious disease and hospitalizations.  The issue is that I myself, as others, often find myself busy with life’s intricacies and would forget to slow down and smell the roses so to speak  Not just slow down, but  really slow down, in every second, in every breathe – really take the totality of life in.  This insight has allowed me to begin living life to an extent previously undone.

Not only does this last passage by Kreeft make me ponder about the roads of life we all take, but it also sheds light into the darkest realm of the individual psyche – the end of the road as individuals.  And the intriguing possibility is that this endroad – or is it beginning? – is not paved in darkness, but in light.  That is just my take on it, yours may vary, and rightly so.

Either way, after reading this book, one can’t help but subsume Kreeft’s ideas into your mind but also ponder them at length, share them, and perhaps even grow from them.  This not only removes the scaffolding to the fear surrounding death, but it leaves one prepared to tackle life with a newfound sense of meaning.  And that, my friends, makes life that much sweeter, and in fact, more lively.

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Sources:

[1] Peter Kreeft Ph.D., Love Is Stronger Than Death, pp. 56-57
[2] Ibid., p. 48.

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Hallowed Angel


Hallowed Angel

That soft symphony enchants my senses
Spiraling my emotions each out of control
Amatory temptations blossom ever more
With every second she caresses my soul

All of those words charmingly resounding
Written carefully from the outset of the nib
Impeccably sung by the heart of an Angel
Yet composed sweetly by a young cherub

Soft and yet graceful this Angel sings forth
Pure elegant tunes coming from her heart
A sacred seamstress of poetic perfection
Her voice, purity – a Heavenly work of art

Venerated forever, she sings melodiously
Using all of the notes I have come to love
Gazing at her singing I then realize slowly
This Angel is more than I could dream of

Celestially precious this Angel I have met
Angelic perfection upon me she bestows
May the spirit she bares always be eternal
As the seraphic heart that within her glows

By: Zy Marquiez

Analyzing Human Action – Why So Much Hatred?


By: Zy Marquiez
January 3, 2016

“Negative emotions are like unwelcome guests. Just because they show up on our doorsteps doesn’t mean they have a right to stay.”
– Deepak Chopra

This idea of this post was in response to an avalanche of negative comments on a particular video.

In said video, evidence was discussed and particular theories bandied about. Said theories prompted two separate tidal waves of emotion: positivity and negativity.

In particular, the negativity wasn’t just random venting, or just having a different point of view. The negativity came in the form of personal attacks. That’s a very precise type of negativity. It came out in full blown hatred through most comments as a matter of fact. This tidal wave of emotion left many people feeling dejected.

Whether the video was accurate or incorrect, isn’t the point of this analysis. What the point of this observation is how much time is spent being wasted by the mere act of spewing negativity over the course of that individual’s life.

The nascent point in this observation is 30 minutes a day. This seems like a reasonable assumption given that there are many people that spend much more time than that spewing hatred, literally every day.

To this we will multiply this by 365 days, and ultimately by 50 years of life.

Here’s the math:

30 minutes a day of complaining

30 minutes * 365 [days] = 10950 minutes

10950 minutes x 50 [years] = 547,500 minutes

547,500 minutes / 60 [to get total hours] = 9125

9125 hours / 24 [to get total days] = 380 days

Please keep in mind, these numbers are conservative. Some people will spend a lot more time than this, sometimes a few multiples of that.

The higher the quality of consciousness of an individual, the lower the probability of them engaging in errant negative behaviour. Not everyone is like that though.

After that tsunami of negativity that took place, it makes me wonder how much time the average person in their life takes part in this type of negativity. And to be more precise, this isn’t just random venting and such. Am talking about precise ad hominem attacks fueled by hatred/ignorance. The kind of substance that deteriorates the soul of an individual. That also doesn’t cover many of the detrimental side effects of negativity such as stress and such.

All of this is just food for thought.

This whole event is definitely something quite noteworthy, even if it is just a piece a larger puzzle.

It truly makes curious as to all of the things that drive people to choose to act in such a manner.

Regardless of what takes place, don’t allow the actions of other individuals to mar your inner sanctum.

Be mindful.

“Don’t be victimized by negative emotions and thinking. Don’t be handicapped by stubbornness and inflexibility.”
– Dr. TP Chia

Love Thy Neighbor

Love

My Soul bleeds for all regrettably lost fallen lives
Which pass from this life to the next in sadness
All the children, the husbands & sad angry wives
Thus feel heartfelt pain at this wretched madness

Day in and day out we hear of endless turmoil
As darkness seems to reign in many parts of life
It matters not if born from western or eastern soil
Death of a loved one is very nigh unending strife

Lost within this is the premise of loving another
Yes; not so simple – but stands mostly needed
Only true caring and joy will fuse us to others
Should be our primary goal until it’s succeeded

Shadows only bolt away when shone by the light
Darkness escapes when true love blares around
Love’s the only emotion that could ever be right
And truly the most simplest solution ever found

Love one another, from this life passed the end
Help out all your neighbors in every which way
Be the one in which all can always truly depend
For Peace starts with you and we must not delay

By: Zy Marquiez
November 23, 2015

Pray For Paris? – Pray For Everyone

By: Zy Marquiez
Necember 21, 2015

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
– Maya Angelou

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There has been quite a preponderance of people ‘praying for Paris’ and such. In Analyzing Human Action – Paris Events, we previously covered the fact that there are many notable effects from prayer, intention, and meditation. What human consciousness can accomplish truly is a beautiful thing.

One thing that kept taking place, over and over in a myriad of online venues was the fact that everyone was focused on Paris. That is natural, as most of the population tends to follow the latest news like a moth to a flame amidst chaos and suffering.

The ironic part is, that there were many other issues in the past, and nobody seemed to give a damn. It seems as reality is only official when the media expounds it, and nobody else. Countless individuals, albeit in the minority, have been yelling from the rooftops at myriad of other massacres that have taken place. Yet, almost nobody bats an eye lash.

Some of these people will say they haven’t heard of it, and yet when greater issues are shown to them, they still opt to give attention to the smaller, more ‘well known’ issue/s, while completely ignoring the obviously larger [more deaths, suffering, repeatedly], ‘less known’ issue that’s not being reported by the media. And yet they claim that they care. It boggles the mind at times to be honest.

In very recent times, Nigeria, Yemen, have been on the unfortunate receiving end of terrorist attacks. Twenty-two people died in Yemen, and fifty died in Nigeria – and yet not a peep from the media, and less so from the populace. Where are all the prayers for them

In fact, as the chart from the Global Terrorism Index 2015 elucidates, Western Countries experience only 2.6% of deaths from terrorism, and yet they receive nigh all of the attention.

What’s more, is that Nigeria is the country which has experienced the largest increase in deaths since 2013, according to the Global Terrorism Index 2015. In fact, at least 5,662 people lost their lives since, and nobody is showcasing Nigerian flags. Not to too far behind, Iraq has been the recipient of 3,532 deaths to their population, and nobody is showcasing that flag either.

In the ultimate view of warped reality/logic, some will say: “But Islam is to blame! They don’t deserve our prayers.” As if what the few do, the many should be punished for. That goes without saying, that very same logic allows the other side of that equation to think that since the West is at the tip of the spear in War for many centuries, then ‘everyone’ in the West is at fault. The epitome of faulty logic; and you wonder why War is endemic to our society when people do not ponder about macro issues and only focus on what the media tells them too.

Okay. Let us assume that for the sake of argument Yemen, Nigeria, and Iraq don’t ‘deserve our prayers’ even though the deaths in Nigeria and Iraq dwarf France by many orders of magnitude. It is your right after all, and nobody should force you to pray for those they do not wish to pray for.

Let’s use a closer example, one that only encompasses the West.

Want to pray for someone? How about the 225,000 to 400,000 [conservative estimate] people who lose their lives to medical mistakes in the west?

The above numbers are quotes from two separate studies. The first study was recently conducted in 2013 by the Journal of Patient Safety who estimated medical deaths amount to between up to 440,000 as detailed by Dr. Mercola. The second study called conducted in July 26, 2000 named “Is US health really the best in the world?” ad was authored by Dr. Barbara Starfield – who had absolutely impeccable credentials and worked for John Hopkins School Of Public Health at the time – and published in the Journal Of The American Medical Association. That particular paper can be downloaded freely as a PDF here.

Extrapolating from the above data, the deaths mentioned above are many orders of magnitude over Yemen and Nigeria, and absolutely eviscerates the amount of lives lost in France. Why isn’t this all over the news? Because that is not ‘part of the plan’.

And why isn’t the above information in any late night narratives? Because that would unhinge the blind faith the people have on Big Medica – the American Medical cartel and its endless streams of profits that are interlinked to Big Pharma. It would also make people worried, and ultimately stir up a hornet’s nest of vicissitudes by the actions that would be subsequent to those revelations.

The populace would inquire: “Why haven’t we been told about this?” “What are you doing to change it?” “Has my loved one been a recipient of medical malpractice?” “If the medical system is to trust, why are those numbers increasing?”

Reality reduction is the name of the game, and reality will ultimately be – if the individual allows it – what the media expresses. Deaths in the West all get overwhelming amounts of shameless/endless mainstream press. Deaths in non-Western countries? Not important – nigh a scintilla of coverage.

Some would roll their eyes. But really, if deaths and terrorism acts are to be reported, shouldn’t we be hearing of all of the above deaths and not just the ones selectively used to mold mainstream consciousness of reality?

Knowing this, how does one think that most of the populace would react to such knowledge? Would they ‘Pray For Paris’? Pray for Nigeria? Yemen? Iraq? All the lives lost to Big Medica/Pharma? All were lives lost in unfortunate and atrocious circumstances.

Better yet, why don’t folks Pray for Everyone?

Finalizing with two heartfelt quotes:

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
– Mother Teresa