Part Two: Irina and The Vicarous Life

Part two of a series discussing the vicarious life — a personal anecdote. Part one extensively detailed the historical framework leading up to our current state in regards to the vicarious life.   I met Irina on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, Russia. She walked briskly next to her husband, Jim, who sported the cautiously situated orange hat on […]

Part I: Why We Don’t Live the Vicarious Life — the Historical Lens

This is part one of a series examining the reason why we struggle to live the vicarious life that Sam so poignantly discussed in his post, “Our life and death is with our neighbor.” Today’s post examines the historical background, mainly in regards to art, while the next post will examine where we currently are and […]

Already but Not Yet: Creativity, Depression, and the Kingdom of God

Some thoughts spurred on from Robin William’s tragic death. For other thoughts on depression — specifically my own battle with it — see one of my previous posts. “My fear of life is necessary to me, as is my illness. They are indistinguishable from me, and their destruction would destroy my art.” Edvard Munch Psychologists Paul Verhaeghen, […]