He gave to her until his beard turned white; Ungrateful she, claimed he had stolen youth. But oracles confirmed his shining light And when he died, she sensed he spoke […]
The battle itself was a lost cause, but they stood their ground because they made a promise to their city. They died because they believed in a purpose greater than their own lives. They died because they believed in their way of life.
It seemed to me that the important difference between Protagoras and the authors of the Bible was that the former thought that the mental constructs existed in the mind of a mortal being, while the latter thought that the mental constructs existed in the mind of an immortal being.
Thus, the organic whole is not the mere collaboration of individuals – a collaboration which can be casually sundered without destroying the parts themselves. In an organism, each part has become integral, vitally essential and interdependent to the other parts.
Their potential was underutilized because they failed to recognize their own power as consumers to boycott a corporation to death. The 99% failed to realize that if they had the will-power to organize themselves and suddenly decided to stop eating from fast-food restaurants altogether, then all the major fast-food corporations would soon go bankrupt (take that, Tom Monahan!). But the 99% – these proletariats – they demonstrated and protested, all the while consuming corporate products and services, continuing to enable the very system they were protesting against.
And I think that the truth is, that what all these beautiful people actually saw was a reflection of themselves in the blank slate that was my soul. Even if my own soul had some minor part to play in their imaginations, it would be merely that my soul was yet nameless and unformed, and that this somehow allowed their reflection to be even clearer and stronger.
This would also mark a moment which begins a chain of events, ultimately leading to our self-awareness, and perhaps even a conclusion of self-actualization. It would mark the moment in which a psychological “veil” was removed, and thus the moment in which we discovered that our previously held understanding of the world was a delusion.
Let’s question established rules and traditions, as a part of a critical-thinking exercise. Let’s think more for ourselves, and be unafraid to be a little bit different, a little bit less mass-produced. Let’s listen more to our own conscience, the only true judge who knows all things that are good.
Obviously, allowing others think for themselves comes with a large risk. In fact, living in a world where people think for themselves is probably very dangerous, regardless of whether there is a legal ban on guns or not.
There is something more sacred than life, and it is your dream. You and I, we do not dream to live; we live, to dream. So, do not be afraid of dying, nor of the stories of hell and hellfire told by those others. Be more afraid of that dreamless state, which is much worse than death.
To be the change I wish to see in the world, meant to begin from a place of self-actualization. That was the message. That was the so-called “new world order” — a world order that began with my being the change that I wished to see.
In advocating for abortion, I am not advocating for the “wanton destruction of life,” though it may seem that way on some superficial level. On the contrary, I am advocating that we preserve what makes life good. I am advocating that we focus on trying to make the world beautiful, so that a mother will wish to bring her child into the world. A mother cannot do this all on her own.
The fact that someone has “something to say” was, and is, an extraordinary idea. There is a sense that meaningful speech is not simply the act of making noise come out of my mouth, but that there is an experience behind my words, imbuing my words with soul.