All posts from Adam Balivet

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“Steppenwolf” and Its Nature-Driven Spirituality

Many readers have enjoyed Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf since its publication in 1927. But as Hesse himself has claimed, many readers have also misunderstood the book, seeing only its tragic aspects. The novel, like the character it describes, consists of many different pieces. This is not to say that Steppenwolf is overly complex or difficult to read, […]

April 2nd

SXSW Film Festival Showcases Immortality

While attending this year’s SXSW Film Festival, I noticed several themes, including time travel, yetis, and — the one that popped up most in my viewings — immortality. Here, I’d like to talk about the two films that address that topic most directly. One of the best documentaries I saw, The Immortalists, depicts two leading […]

March 26th

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Considered broadly, one of the most powerful aspects of poetry lies in its ability to evoke sensory perceptions in our beings: we can see, smell, taste, hear, and feel the results of the words. The poet achieves this effect by taking impressions of the world and bringing them, through words, to the readers. Conversely, I […]

March 20th

“The Power of Now” and Creating a Better Future

Eckhart Tolle first published The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment in 1997. Within a few years, partially thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s praise, the book became a New York Times bestseller. Its essential message — living completely in the present and reducing identification with the ego — has been read by millions. The beauty of its message lies […]

March 10th