Saturday, 29 April 2017

Dangers of Too Much Truth-Seeking


Excess in any field of life, including truth-seeking, is detrimental to health and well-being. 

An excessive concern with 'truth' can indeed turn one into a dogmatist who has cast aside all remnants of humility and respect for philosophical diversity. It can also darken one's worldview to such an extent as to make harming others seem advisable (see Consequences of Worldview). 

As Nietzsche wrote
"He who fights monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster."
It was indeed that thinker who thought that art was worth more than truth since compelling us to life or at least sometimes making life worth living, which cannot be said with the same force of dogged truth-seeking, especially when the latter takes issue with every aspect of the human condition. 

At any rate, art has a capacity for more open-ended-ness and nuance than 'truth' discourses, whether of the philosophical or factual variety (see Factual and Philosophical Truth) and can sometimes prove to be a more effective way to resist and side-step immoral realities than head-on political activism (Refusing to Play the Chess Game). 

Butch from Pulp Fiction


In the movie Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino, a telling exchange occurs between the boxer Butch - who's just killed a man in the ring - played by Bruce Willis and a hispanic, female cab driver named Esmerelda:

                BUTCH
                         So...

               He looks at her license.

                                     BUTCH
                         ...Esmarelda Villalobos – is that 
                         Mexican?

                                     ESMARELDA
                         The name is Spanish, but I'm 
                         Columbian.

                                     BUTCH
                         It's a very pretty name.

                                     ESMARELDA
                         It mean "Esmarelda of the wolves."

                                     BUTCH
                         That's one hell of a name you got 
                         there, sister.

                                     ESMARELDA
                         Thank you. And what is your name?

                                     BUTCH
                         Butch.

                                     ESMARELDA
                         Butch. What does it mean?

                                     BUTCH
                         I'm an American, our names don't 
                         mean shit.


This last statement is funny because butch of course means 
'having an an appearance or other qualities of a type traditionally seen as masculine'
which is an appearance action-thriller actor Bruce Willis - not to mention the character he plays in the film, a lethal professional boxer and criminal - is usually associated with. 

Experience as Interpretation


It goes almost without saying that when individuals claim to be speaking or writing 'from experience' they are in fact doing so from an interpretation of their experience, because experience, however objective, is always filtered through an individual's sensibility and outlook.

Puppet Monst Looks at the Moon