Connecting with the East

At age 11 Ruth Weigle wrote, “I pause now to look back over my childhood days before passing into the dim, shadowy regions of the future.” She composed those words in 1933, little aware that within a decade the entire world would descend into total war. She herself would face unimagined challenges as a young adult.

But there was still some time to make the transition from youthful freedom to responsibility. Growing up in New Haven in the 20s and 30s, she had many advantages: excellent schools, a safe neighborhood, the intellectual climate surrounding Yale University and particularly the Divinity School.

Ruth would later recall an impressive visitor to her childhood home on Cold Spring Street – the great poet-sage of Bengal and India, Rabindranath Tagore. At the funeral of a loved one she would reflect long upon these words which he wrote: Continue reading “Connecting with the East”

Saying Thou to the Universe

Can a person live in I-Thou relation to the universe? Martin Buber thought so. But what did he mean? Continue reading “Saying Thou to the Universe”

Does God Exist?

In Santa Fe I found the rock below which half of Uncle Dick and half of Aunt Mary lie buried. This blog centers on someone they knew, a scholar named Mortimer Adler who in 1980 answered the question, “Does God exist?” Continue reading “Does God Exist?”