What do you do?
Rob Riemen is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Nexus Institute, a leading international center for intellectual reflection to inspire the Western cultural and philosophical debate. Mr. Riemen is also the editor of the essay journal "Nexus."
He is the author of Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal (2008), which has been translated into eighteen languages, and the new international bestseller To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism (2018)
Question: What do you do?
Rob Riemen: Professionally I’m doing two things. At the moment the minor part of myself, the most important part, is that I am a writer. I am an essayist. But most of my time I still devote to an institute I founded – a journal I founded. The institute is called the Nexus Institute, and essentially it functions as a kind of intellect . . . international intellectual center for intellectual reflection; and trying to stimulate what we call the culture philosophical debate. Now I know these are all big words, and people are a little horrified for these big words. But it basically comes down to this very simple, but also important question – that we constantly would ask the question, “So what is the meaning of . . .?” Now everybody realizes that this is a question nobody can escape. What’s the meaning of your life? What’s the meaning of the world? What’s the meaning of your relationship? What’s the meaning of things which are going on right now? So if you look at the conferences I have put together in the last 13 years, they are always dealing with big questions which are important for everybody. We did a conference on life and death. What’s the meaning of life? What’s the meaning of death? Are they connected with each other? Yes or no? We did a conference on loss . . . the anatomy of loss. How do you deal with loss in life? But we also did a big conference on Europe’s identity. So what is the identity of Europe? How does it relate to transcendental things ___________, so on and so forth? And I did a conference on evil. So that’s . . . And you know so that’s the main interest. We want to . . . We want to ask the larger, bigger questions related to, on the one hand, what’s going on in our society; or more concrete, what’s going . . . how does it relate to the human condition. We invite a rich variety of people, you know, to present their argument and to have a debate with each other. And so to give of, you know . . . To create a space . . . to create a space in a world, in a society which is so much obsessed by so many things which are not that relevant at all if you really think about, ________ can happen. And then next to the issue we have a lecture, and we have an essayistic journal and so on and so forth.
Recorded on: 10/3/07
Riemen heads the Nexus Institute, a place to discuss life's big questions.
A few traditions in the Roman Catholic Church can be traced back to pagan cults, rites, and deities.
- The Catholic rite of Holy Communion parallels pre-Christian Greco-Roman and Egyptian rituals that involved eating the body and blood of a god.
- A number of Catholic holidays and myths, such as Christmas, Easter, and Mardi Gras, graph onto the timeline of pre-Christian fertility festivals.
- The Catholic practice of praying to saints has been called "de-facto idolatry" and even a relic of goddess worship.
A pragmatic approach to fixing an imbalanced system.
- Intentional or not, certain inequalities are inherent in a digital economy that is structured and controlled by a few corporations that don't represent the interests or the demographics of the majority.
- While concern and anger are valid reactions to these inequalities, UCLA professor Ramesh Srinivasan also sees it as an opportunity to take action.
- Srinivasan says that the digital economy can be reshaped to benefit the 99 percent if we protect laborers in the gig economy, get independent journalists involved with the design of algorithmic news systems, support small businesses, and find ways that groups that have been historically discriminated against can be a part of these solutions.