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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Thirty-three, or 33 things for 33 years

1. the ordinary is more wonderful than any fiction can ever be.

2. philosophy is the art of living and dying well, it is not merely a difficult academic game.

3. generalisations can be useful in theoretical descriptions, but are mostly useless and dangerous in practical situations.

4. the oppositional dichotomy employed most commonly in descriptions is naïve at best, corrupting and destructive at its worst.

5. science and religion cannot give the answer - only distraction.

6. art and philosophy cannot give the cure - only pacification.

7. how much we all owe to the randomness of existence.

8. most problems are caused by poor communication.

9. the flaws in language cannot be 'ironed out' and totally corrected, this is because the flaws are not in the system but in the operators (this poor metaphor also serves as an example).

10. a metaphorical description is an attempt to convey something grasped quite loosely, if it is not successful then another might be attempted.

11. caring-for is a devoted focus upon another object, event, or being that signifies a connection.

12. not-caring results in distancing.

13. we cannot be said to have absolute control over what we care about.

14. the focus of care is one of concern, we worry about what we care about because we care.

15. too much worry makes one ill.

16. thinking too much makes one worry about that which we cannot change.

17. thinking too little makes one an object of use for another.

18. we think that our attempted definitions of concepts are like a laser-beam of truth, when in fact it is akin to the sun's rays or rainfall upon a thirsty plant.

19. concepts tend to oscillate at an alarming frequency.

20. we live out our own judgements we make upon our own lives, there is nothing more final.

21. although categorising/theorising/storytelling is, in extreme, the epitome of falsehood it is also at the root of understanding.

22. an artwork, at its best, is an original attempt.

23. do not try and deny your mistakes, instead own them fully.

24. one should laugh as often as possible.

25. a friend is one with whom you can share laughter without pretext.

26. our perspectives are undergoing continual change and cannot therefore be described as 'final'.

27. God is only a concept and not a thing or being, but no less real for all that.

28. there are far too many people who do not care.

29. people would much rather vocalise than properly talk.

30. failure to understand the 'other' is based in the failure to understand yourself.

31. the relationships between things are mostly more important than the things themselves.

32. death, like sickness, is not to be feared. only calmly accepted. death is the end.

33. I would rather be hated than liked, I would rather be loved than hated.

4 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

... to cut a long com(pli)ment short: rather than hating I do love you.

Lunar Hine said...

Re 28: The reason they do not care is not heartlessness. Rather, given 12 and 13, what we care so much about that it's proximity is painful to us, we must distance in any way we can.
And really, we cannot avoid caring; we can only avoid knowing that we care.
And I love you too :o).

god-free morals said...

Thank you both, or rather, love you both too.

Lunar,
I'd agree with your assessment.

There need not be an absolute definition of care, one can (and often HAS to) distance oneself from what we care about in order to give perspective and not to abandon. It's whether and how we return that counts.

However, I think some people just are 'heartless' that is, they have a kind of 'care-blindness'. These exceptions prove nothing other than that there are always further complications.

Caring is something, I think, that is separate from knowledge. That is, we may find ourselves acceding to a power that is not subject to immediate volitional control and in this regard is linked with on of the most ancient and persisting themes in human society. One that can be found in countless moral and religious traditions.

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