All posts tagged: Philosophy

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Balance…

Life is a balancing act. This is true, but it’s not the whole truth. How could it be? Those statements, also, are true; but they, too, are not the complete story. We must all strive to arrive at those philosophical way-stops along our journey’s, where we don’t posit a universal truth every time a local instance of serendipity plays out. We must all attempt to grasp the bigger picture, or we’ll never grow into the fullness of what it means to be human. What is true for you and yours may be anathema to someone else. “There are more things under heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.” Or Michelle. Or Richard, or George or… EJ Liederstein  

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Happy Birthday…

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. In philosophy if you aren’t moving at a snail’s pace you aren’t moving at all. Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating! The cry of equality pulls everyone down. Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life’s major mysteries. Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes. We can only learn to love by loving. IRIS MURDOCH – whose birthday we remember on this date.   It’s interesting to look at the quotes I choose for these small appreciations of mine. I find they reveal a bit about what might be going on in the background of my own life. A revelation which might otherwise remain hidden from me. I’m not so sure …

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Philosophical Bias Confirmation

You cannot choose your philosophical system based upon bias-confirmation. Philosophy must, by default, start from outside your own existence. For any system of thought to have validity, it must be independent – you are acknowledging it, not the other way round. “I have embraced Jovian Shamanism as the one true belief…” and that’s all well and good. But it’s under no obligation to return the favor.

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Philosophy 101, Pt. I

In an opinion piece in the December 8th edition of the NY Times, entitled “Know Thyself – Really”, a philosopher named Quassim Cassam from the UK goes to some lengths to differentiate between what he calls ‘substantial’ self-knowledge and ‘trivial’ self-knowledge. The article can be found here. First of all, I’ll need to get something out of my system, before we can proceed. Trust me on this one – it’ll be better for all concerned, if I just go ahead and do it now. I’m not saying any antisocial tendencies will thus be fully assuaged. But it’ll make it easier to get to the bulk of the above article in a more intelligent (and less childish) manner. Those of you impatient for the, almost surely, more scintillatingly existentialist thoughts to come, should probably just skip right on to Pt. II… Cause this may take a while… Where is Part II, you ask? I haven’t written it yet… Whatever… On with the show. Now… are you kidding me? Really? A philosopher… named Quassim Cassam? (gesundheit!) That… …

Mutterings and musings…

Thoughts that occurred to me in the not-so-still of the night, although it may have been at breakfast… A.)   Humans have a hard-wired need to protect other humans; the weak, those being victimized, our own family, the list goes on and on. You can argue about survival of the fittest all you want, evolution is only a framework for viewing the world around us, and it is only one of many such frameworks. But the facts are a bit different… Anyone who thinks they aren’t should try this experiment; try to imagine that you have a small child, your child, who is alone in the middle of the floor, because you are being forcibly held from going to its side. And someone comes along and starts to kick and beat this small child. And you are prevented from stopping this. Now, there are also many other people in the room, observers, from the press or the government or the neighborhood. Who among us, being the parent of the child, would not plead for intervention, …