Thursday, 10 November 2016

Self-Love and Self-Respect

Self-love, in practice, means to follow the pattern of 
"As I think, so I feel and so I act."
Self-respect, as the word 're-spect' means in truth (from the Latin respectare: to look again, 'etymology' itself etymologically signifying 'true'), is to look at yourself again and draw the lessons about yourself you need to draw. 

Putting Up With Bullshit

Putting up with bullshit means putting up with your own bullshit as well as other people's. 

This insight was inspired by the following exchange I had on twitter:

Only Truth Hurts

It's a very common French saying that
"il n'y a que la vérité qui blesse."
i.e. only truth hurts or, better, nothing hurts like truth. 

This is especially true of psychological truth when someone challenges an element of your character or personality and you are hurt by what they have said.  Chances are what they are saying has truth in it - would you be upset if a comment on your person was obviously false and therefore unthreatening to your self-image? - and you have yet-to-resolve issues/demons to address including that of pride (which, as I have said many times before, is the opposite of self-esteem). 

Anyway the insight that nothing hurts like truth would give weight and reason to Plato's observation that no one is more hated than he (or she) who speaks the truth, be it political, psychological or philosophical. For people react violently to what hurts them.

Carrots and Ali G

In an interview with a US diplomat, Ali G could not get his head round the expression 'carrot and stick' used by said diplomat to describe US policy towards foreign countries.  

When finally told that carrot in this instance meant money, Ali G exclaimed
"Yes, well, money is way better than carrots!"
Although true in the context of the monetary system, in a moral culture that has freed itself from the mind control methodology that is money, Ali G's exclamation would not be true.

For carrots are edible. Money is not. Carrots exist in nature. Money has never, does not and never will exist in nature. Carrots are real. Money is artificial. Carrots sustain life. Money destroys life. 

Rarity of Philosophy

It does amaze me how rare it is for people online, and especially on my Facebook, to share philosophical ideas of their own or any kind of thoughtful generalisation about the world.

Generalisations are seen with a poor eye by common understanding as being untrustworthy and nothing offends people's sensibilities more than admitting to the fact that truth may be absolute rather than relative and dependent on or equivalent to perception.

Mark Passio is always keen to point out that some blanket statements are true and the fact that a statement amounts to a blanket statement - e.g. there are no enlightened people working for police authorities - does not necessarily mean it is a false one.

Many who deal with philosophical ideas online limit themselves to sharing what other thinkers have thought and appear to be loath to themselves make the leap into the strong winds of thinking for its own sake. 

The vast, vast majority on my Facebook account share pictures, videos, memes, stuff happening in their lives, the occasional rant or reaction to mainstream political events, but the philosophers among my friends are incalculably rare. 

[That being said, the fact that people choose not to express their philosophical views for whatever reason is no sure sign that they do not have philosophical ideas. Perhaps sharing philosophical ideas takes more temerity than I realised.] 

I would not be surprised if many of my Facebook friends considered my online philosophical musings and opinions as a waste of time, hard to read, pretentious or even the sign of a character flaw. 

This was brought home to me not only by the general lack of interest in my thoughts but also by the fact that the one thing I said that did get attention was my admitting that my philosophical labours were at bottom opinions mixed with a little insight and sensitivity.

Now that got a lot of likes.

People just don't care or want to know what you think, however deep and profound, and likely do not see any value in the art of thinking. Moreover, getting off on ideas is likely a minority taste.

Nietzsche thought that the fact that the philosophical sensibility was a rare plant, historically and in his own time, had perhaps good reason behind it. After all, a lot of suffering can arise from over-philosophising. 

Yet I personally fail to see the wisdom in this because it is reluctance to think and therefore to resist that allows evil and immorality to endure and this failure ensures the continuing success of mass mind control methodologies that divide and conquer and lower the consciousness levels of the great majority. 

Although often quoted with amusement, the statement by Socrates according to which great minds think in ideas, average minds in terms of events and small minds in terms of people should perhaps be taken literally

I was once asked how I knew that I had a great mind. Although unable to answer the question at the time, in retrospect I should have answered with the above quote: I think in ideas rather than events or people.

I hope that my example as an outspoken blogger who is not scared of probing the depths of existence will encourage others to partake in the pagan feast that is thinking for the sake of thinking.

Addendum - Of course material conditions are key to one's ability to philosophise, including whether or not one is tied to a job or is constantly worried about money or has dependants that need active, daily care. 

Emotional Flashbacks

While many are familiar with the concept of PTSD-style visual flashbacks, just as equally devastating are emotional flashbacks, e.g. when a harmful or negative interaction/event causes an acute stress reaction which has its root in past trauma and is arguably out of proportion with the upsetting interaction/event.

I used to suffer from these on a regular basis and it took a great deal of self-labour on my psyche and emotional make-up to overcome this problem. 

Modern Medicine

As I know first hand, mainstream psychiatrists largely ignore the traumatic root (almost) always present behind mental illness and consider only the symptoms of thought and mood disorder (Madness as Coping Mechanism).

Treating symptoms over causes is one of the hall marks of modern medical practice and ideology. 

For instance, most medical professionals are untrained in and offer little to no advice on good nutrition and eating habits while the Father of Medicine Hippocrates for his part stated two and a half thousand years ago
"Let thy medicine be thy food and thy food thy medicine."

Ali G

I am convinced Ali G is my alter ego. 

Whereas I am a sedentary thinker, pondering the universe in the comfort of my own home with the utmost seriousness, Ali G is a worldly thinker, seeking answers from people practically as unenlightened as he is with the utmost comedy

Conspiracy Theorist

To the largely pejorative term 'conspiracy theorist', itself fruit of a conspiracy by the C.I.A. to silent dissident discourse, I prefer the expression 'conspiracy realist' or even 'conspiracy factualist' when the conclusion that a conspiracy is at play has been reached through diligent confrontation with factual reality.

Of course not all conspiracy theories are of equal worth but as I've written before in We're All Conspiracy Theorists, conspiracies, i.e. people colluding to do harm for their own gain, are a common not to say mundane reality in everyday life.