No matter what I write, it always has a philosophical aspect. In my fiction (as yet unpublished), I try to combine robust story-based genre fiction with worthy philosophical insights. I simply cannot keep the “message” out of my work. I feel compelled to say something. The writing just seems empty and worthless if it does not present an idea that matters to me. This is not to say that my work is always interesting, merely that it always carries some freight. I am just that kind of writer.
This blog typifies my non-fiction output. Other than the odd humorous piece, everything here has some intellectual and/or philosophical content. My interests are broad, but do tend to concentrate in certain areas. First, I love philosophy in the old sense of the word – love of wisdom as it applies to how life should be lived. I have an integrated coherent philosophy of life and enjoy sharing it with others. You may conveniently sample the various aspects of the blog by clicking a few links on this page.
Jungian psychology has fascinated me for decades. I am not referring to the foolish “New Age” variant now gaining popularity. For me, it has to be the real deal, individuation, the unconscious and ego’s proper relation to it, authenticity, wholeness, and the Self. I see the process of self-discovery and the attendant lifelong pursuit of self-realization as the true immensely-rewarding spiritual life. By actualizing ourselves, we contribute to the society that shelters us.
Another of my passions is creativity research. Creative people, especially writers, captivate me. You will find references to various types of creators in my posts. I delight in shedding some light on the lifestyles and work habits of creative people. Famous creators are my heroes and role models.
Considered as whole, the blog is an attempt to synthesize or integrate creativity, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality into one coherent package or worldview. What you encounter here is my worldview.
- Intellectual Alchemist at Work (thomascotterill.wordpress.com)