Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Aimless-Purpose-Driven Life

Moved by a passion they don't understand for a goal they seldom reach,
people are haunted by the vision of a distant possibility
that refuses to be extinguished.

Nathaniel Branden

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Continuing Inquisitions

Some who complain about the Inquisition and witches being burned at the stake enjoy doing their own heresy-hunting.

They advocate tolerance but are intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. They are themselves dogmatic, fanatical, paranoid, and of course ---surprise!--- anti-intellectual.

Especially when someone calls their philosophical bluff.

Friday, October 05, 2007

No End In Sight

My writings will never be finished. I write things and then later on think they're immature.

But to stop writing because of the endless reconstruction would be to fall for the entropic fallacy, the same false assumption that general pessimism depends on. So in spite of imminent entropic doom and the world situation, I'm somehow just as hopeful as I've ever been.

Impatience to better my situation caused a number of problems, but they were also by-products of just morally and spiritually rethinking issues. That slow process of change began long ago when I asked a few key questions, thereafter wanting to free myself and my mind from authority and bias, and continued until I braved the woes and interrogated what I assume in those questions.

Now I resolutely face the worst and reject almost like breathing the authority of anything merely established or traditional while trying to develop my own habits that measure up to the standards I've chosen, such as freedom, humaneness, and rational criticism.

I also realize now that I alone am responsible for controlling my life , and no other human authority. It's up to me alone to avoid suffering, sickness, and death so that I can pursue my goals as much as possible while I have the time.

Of course, this personal revolution has carried with it certain self-destructive powers.

But they may yet be comfortably subdued by a wiser ascendancy.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

And God Said...

God has said everything already, so it's just a matter of reading it off reality.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Devil Made Me Lose It

Welfare states have existed for long periods of time without the development of a modern underclass. The missing factor was ideas.

Human behavior cannot be explained without referring to the meaning and intentions people give to what they do and do not do. Everyone has a world view, whether they realize it or not.

And their ideas are the source of their misery.

Their ideas are revealed in the language they use, in the frequent remarks of passivity, for example. An alcoholic, explaining their conduct while drunk, will say, "The beer went crazy." A heroin addict, explaining their resort to the needle, will say, "Heroin's everywhere." The beer drank the alcoholic and the heroin injected the addict.

Other remarks serve an exculpatory function and reveal a denial of agency and therefore of personal responsibility. The murderer claims the knife went in or the gun went off. The person who attacks their sexual consort claims that they "went into a rage" or "lost it", as if they were the victim of a kind of epilepsy of which it is the doctor's duty to cure them. Until the cure, they can continue to abuse their consort, for such abuse has advantages for them, safe in the knowledge that they, not their consort, are the true victim.

from Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass, by Theodore Dalrymple

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Heuristic Universals and Necessary Truth

At the pinnacle of questions about the total in every sense, there is not only a set of irreducible values and rules of thumb about questions themselves (as well as everything else), but an entire structure of such identities and rules arises from the overall statement-question set itself. And then it becomes self-repeating, of necessity.

So there is this godlike objective rule set according to which everything is thought about.

To follow such rules is to express or predicate truth about values and increase the value of values themselves, by using those rules and thereby valuing them as valuable means to an ultimate value or goal, of a better situation in every conceivable sense, to approximate an ultimate good of some kind, which is the highest value (God is the best of all possible situations, among other things), the ideal by which all value judgments are themselves adjudicated.

And it's this expression and use, discovered from a set of questions and considerations, a set of universal or general statements in other words (questions themselves being interrogative statements) that is itself questioned, and therefore explained, first.

This explanation is the set of Ultimate Truths.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Once Upon An Apriori

In the question itself, of whether logic can be proved to exist or work, "proved" exempts a non-problematic notion of logic already, as does the overall question itself.

The question already assumes the existence and efficacious operation of logic, by using "prove" as a request for logically related reasons which infer something---namely, the truth of the statements "logic exists" and "logic works".

If logic did not exist and do what we want and idealize it to do, the question would hardly make sense anyway, in what it means to be a question, not to mention it's value or being obligated to believe its alleged truth-value indeterminacy or lack of existence or workability.

Questioning already uses logic to implicitly obligate an answer and have meaning for inquiring minds.

Hidden Prior Assumptions of the Notion of Evil

The existence of Evil as anything beyond mere human disdain or repugnance, requires a prior belief in an ultimate perfect standard of goodness, however tacit and unacknowledged that belief might be.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Value of You

"It's important to tell those dear to us how we feel.
The opportunity can too easily be gone forever."

Ms. Marple (Agatha Christie, The Body in the Library)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Harold and Nita: A Love Story

A letter I found today, inside the envelope containing my Mother's will:

Oct. 23, 1991

Dear Harold,

Had I many worldly possessions to leave you, they could never compare to the treasures of the heart that you have given me.

You'll never know how I depended on you for help and guidance, and you have never failed me.

You have graced every moment of my life and brought warmth to my heart.

You have eased every step and soothed every doubt. You have filled my days with joy beyond imagination and description. My strength was in your daily love.

I thank God for his gracious gifts to me in this earthly life, the most gracious of all, you, my life companion, my sustenance, my hope, my warmth, my one and only love.


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

Factual Intuition

Hastings: I've never known you to place much faith in intuition.

Poirot: "Intuition, Hastings, often describes some fact that is so deeply buried in the subconscious, that the subject is not aware of its existence."

Hastings: "What fact?"

Poirot: "Tres Biene, Hastings. If I knew that, the case---it would be solved."

(Agatha Christie, "The Underdog")

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Definitional Ruling Factor Gone Wild

Any ruling factor used to claim evil as real beyond mere individual repulsion, is just as vulnerable to many atheistic objections as the belief in God itself.