Category Archives: Ritual and Tradition

Maximum Impact: How One Man Could Change the World

Global Change via Religion/Philosophy Looking at Moses, Jesus, the Buddha, Mohamed, and the Hindu legacies, one sees many long-term impacts of a global and quasi-global nature. Religion represents a deep and archetypal philosophy, which acts on multiple layers of the … Continue reading

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Who Stole Our Rites of Passage?

Is Decay of Society Directly Linked to Lack of Meaningful Rites of Passage? In traditional societies, life is full of rites of passage — public affirmations of a person’s movement through life. Some spare remnants of traditional passage rites continue … Continue reading

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Monsters in the Pencil Box

Dr. Harris did an experiment where children imagined a monster in the box instead of pencils. They still said that the monster wasn’t real, but when the experimenter left the room, they moved away from the box—just in case… _ … Continue reading

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We Are Marching to Utopia: We Will Soon Be There — Special Christmas Reprise

A classic Al Fin article, originally published on Al Fin, and since re-published multiple times on various Al Fin blogs, for special occasions. …optimists and idealists — with their ignorance about the truths of human nature and human society, and … Continue reading

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Should Psychedelic Drugs Be Given to Children?

At the Al Fin Institute for the Dangerous Child, we are famous for our use of induced precocity in the shaping of strong, independent, competent, broadly skilled, self-directing and self-supporting young people. We are liberal practitioners of the “rite of … Continue reading

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Human Ritual; Don’t Throw Out the Baby with the Bath Water

Modern societies are discarding past human rituals at an accelerating — perhaps a reckless — rate.  But there is much human wisdom embedded in past ritual.  We should be careful not to throw out essential wisdoms in our frantic attempts … Continue reading

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We Are Marching to Utopia . . . We Will Soon Be There!

Originally published on Al Fin …optimists and idealists — with their ignorance about the truths of human nature and human society, and their naive hopes about what can be changed — have wrought havoc for centuries….instead of utopian efforts to … Continue reading

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