Let me recount how someone's entire figure changed in my perception. No, unfortunately nothing exceptionally surreal happened, but I was thinking about trying to view customers in a less judgmental way when a customer was about take pictures of an art book in the store (it's not allowed). I let her know, and she quickly … Continue reading I watched someone shape-shift today, …
What it Actually Means to Be a Man: On Masculinity vs Manhood
Normally, I wouldn't even dream of writing an article with such a seemingly pretentious title. Normally, I'd reference Marcus Aurelius and say "Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one," and leave it at that. The quote is excellent, but it does little to reveal explicitly what characteristics actually contribute … Continue reading What it Actually Means to Be a Man: On Masculinity vs Manhood
The Most Disturbing Truth of Reality: The Absence of Moral Law, AKA the Problem of Evil
The following is a formulation of an argument in support of the claim that the right to bodily autonomy necessitates a right to immorality. A brief reasoning for this claim can be found here, in a video excerpt of one of George Carlin's stand-up routines in which he advocates for unlimited rights, stating "I think … Continue reading The Most Disturbing Truth of Reality: The Absence of Moral Law, AKA the Problem of Evil
Civilization, Power, and Fate: The Paradox of Order
How much of the mission of governance is mired by partisanship, greed, and the hubris to control? Can we not simply work? For the sake of certainty, not for certain dominance, status, or influence. People say power corrupts, and I'm sure it's predominantly true, but humans created civilization, the most powerful and controlling institution. Is … Continue reading Civilization, Power, and Fate: The Paradox of Order
Philosophy and Culture: Symbols & the Psyche
Believing in the philosophy of the word rather than the reality of the being, people of culture, symbols, and philosophy then make their instruments impediments to realization and understanding of what they outwardly claim to value. The Tao that can be said is not the eternal Tao, yet this too had to be said.
It's been a while. Not since I philosophized, meditated, or theorized about a given topic, but since I made an effort to do anything more than shout my brain's content into the void. Last time I wrote on this site, I stated that I would only post when I felt that there were some practicality … Continue reading Reflections
A Synopsis of Human Suffering and Moralizing
In the face of so much personal suffering, how are we to understand its nature and ethically orient ourselves with the significance and reality of suffering in mind?
The Problem of Purpose: The Attempt to Escape the Duality of Success and Failure
Teleological logic and philosophies are not devoid of value. Yet, they, like these conceptions of value, are not the totality of greatness. It requires living out.
On the Concept and Phenomenon of Individuality; Individuals and the Morality Dilemma (part 2/2)
Understanding the individual must include the depth and wealth of experience of individuals, especially their suffering.
On the Concept and Phenomenon of Individuality; Understanding the Individual (part 1/2)
A few months ago, I began writing out a series of personal notes and ideas about individuality and individualism that gradually lead to the creation of the following essay. In purpose, this essay is a conceptual matrix of information aimed at the inspiration of ideas. In form, this essay is an analysis of different perspectives … Continue reading On the Concept and Phenomenon of Individuality; Understanding the Individual (part 1/2)