Wael Al-Mahdi (2011) “They ask you about the soul. Say: the soul is an affair of my Lord.” -Holy Qur’an I, and many other people, may tend to think about God in terms of existence or non-existence, as if he was a physical entity. Surely, I cannot prove to you that God exists the same [...]
Wael Al-Mahdi (2010) تعريب وائل المهدي الملحمة الجبروقية هي قصيدة شعرية للكاتب لويس كارول الذي ألف رواية( آليس في بلاد العجائب). ظهرت هذه الأبيات الهزلية في رواية نُشرت في سنة 1872 وتميّزت بغرابة ألفاظها واختراع الكاتب لبعض كلماتها، وكان قصد الكاتب في ذلك السخرية من أساليب الشعر المتحجرة والنمطية المنتشرة في عهده. وفي القصة، عثرت آليس على [...]
Wael Al-Mahdi (2010) Ritual has existed for as long as humanity has been up to its usual business of mastering self and environment. At the beginning of era of modernity, and with the spread of scientific thinking, myth, ritual and metaphysics were jettisoned, with intellectuals declaring that humanity had outgrown its primitive tools that “explained” [...]
Wael Al-Mahdi (2010) “I can’t believe I’m here” is a common cry from the overwhelmed traveler, who can hardly believe that although he had left home a few hours ago, he is now suddenly faced with fresh vistas of experience he had never imagined. He dreams of the unknown world that works just fine without [...]
Wael Al-Mahdi (2010) You said, and your are most famous for this, that God is dead. But why, in all honesty, did you make the same mistake which you so perceptively accused other philosophers of committing? Why, to put in more precisely, did you overgeneralize your own value-feeling (your own morality, even) into such [...]
Self-awareness is genius. The world of form. Plato idealized, the Buddha illusionized, the Gnostics demonized, Nietzsche aestheticized, Jung archetypified, the behaviorists denied, and the evolutionary psychologists instinctualized.
Wael Al-Mahdi (2010) If the goal is to become conscious, I can surely do this on my own, without the mediation of dreams? I’m not discounting the importance of the unconscious here, but if can hardly understand my dreams, especially the more mythological ones, how can I expect to gain any consciousness-expanding insights from them? [...]