Category Archives: Navid Zaidi

The Freedom of the Self

by Navid Zaidi “You sound to me as though you don’t believe in free will,” said Billy Pilgrim. “If I hadn’t spent so much time studying Earthlings,” said the Tralfamadorian, “I wouldn’t have any idea what was meant by free … Continue reading

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The (Deeper) Movement of Thought

by Navid Zaidi There is a very simple, almost unspoken law, the law being that if any two things interact, they must be in some way like each other. It is quite possible for somebody who looks at the Sun … Continue reading

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The Primacy of Life and Consciousness

by Navid Zaidi All things are one.  —Heraclitus, On the Universe  (540-480 BC) Classical physics proposes that the universe was, until rather recently, a lifeless collection of particles bouncing against each other. Life and Consciousness arose by an unknown process … Continue reading

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Rumi, Nietzsche and Superman

by Navid Zaidi It is said that comparisons are extremely unpleasant. However, it is strange how the same idea affects different cultures differently and in the history of thought it is the points of contact and departure that attract our … Continue reading

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A Supple Mind

by Navid Zaidi Once there was a disciple of a Greek philosopher who was commanded by his master for three years to give money to everyone who insulted him. After three years, the disciple was asked to go to Athens … Continue reading

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Hagar’s Skirt

A REFLECTION BY DR ALI SHARIATI (1933-1977) When you are at the threshold of Masjid al Haraam in Mecca, the Kaabah is before you. An enormous courtyard and in the center, a hollow cube. Here, there is nothing. Nothing to … Continue reading

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Pain, Sin, and Fear

by Navid Zaidi We often wonder about certain propositions concerning the nature of humans and the world. For example, one psychological implication may be the central fact of pain as a dominating element in our lives. Human beings, regarded as … Continue reading

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