A Mirror of the World

My name is Christopher Schwartz. I am an academic, journalist and aspiring writer specializing primarily in phenomenology and Central Asia — or more broadly-speaking “thinking about thinking” and the Turko-Mongolic world, its social-political dynamics and untapped philosophical heritage. Welcome!

Originally American, I am a doctoral researcher at KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy in Belgium, while simultaneously also a full-time instructor at the American University of Central Asia’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications in Kyrgyzstan. As a journalist, I write for various news agencies, as well as serve as an analytical consultant for various Western-based think-tanks.

To read my professional work, either academic or journalistic, please visit my Academia.edu profile (my LinkedIn profile now redirects there). This blog is really about my spiritual explorations, a “spiritual journalism” in a two-fold sense: “reporting” on my spiritual-intellectual journey, and exploring the spiritual dimensions of being a journalist.

To read my entries, click here. Because I have been blogging for several years, you may need a guide to navigate the forest of rumination. However, be advised: I make it a habit to password-protect posts to limit reading to friends, family and close colleagues.

In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. […] This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behoveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity…

— Baha’u’llah, Tarzát #6