Self-conscious beings

Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Mature persons are necessarily “self-conscious” beings; not merely rational or social. And if the mature person doesn’t have a clear definition of what well-being itself is, then she cannot fully appreciate what she has or does not have, for she will not even know what belongs to her. Furthermore, his language would seem to reduce the mature individual to the status of a dependent child or beneficiary — little more than a slave, really. It makes no difference whether the slave is well-cared for or not.

Capitalism: Rule of the ignorant masses

Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
In nature, the selection-process kills off what is undesirable as soon as possible; nature does not tolerate the undesirables to proliferate, the way that a capitalistic society does. Nature also takes no prisoners or slaves. But in capitalistic societies, the so-called superiors are dependent upon the so-called inferiors, which makes no sense to me at all; it is a permanent state of Saturnalia. It isn’t democracy that causes degeneration of cities (since Aristodemus and Socrates were both possible and real); it is a capitalism. Capitalism is the “code name” for the real cause of degeneration: rule of the ignorant masses. Capitalism is the engine that enables the rule of the ignorant masses by means of the dollar-vote. Ironically, it is by means of this dollar-vote that the ignorant masses place ultimate power into the hands of the very people that would oppress and exploit them.

The sort of animal that lives for the pleasure(s) of the day

Tuesday. June 20, 2017.
I had asked him: “Would you follow your God, even if you knew that following your God would lead you to hell?”
He had two answers. The first one he gave was this: “Following God would not lead me to hell.” But then I pressed him further, insisting that he take my hypothetical situation seriously. And finally he answered, “No, I would not follow God if I knew that following him would lead me to hell.” And I remember responding to him saying that if I were God, I would not want people to follow me simply because they wanted to go to heaven or to avoid going to hell, because what they would be choosing in those cases is not to follow me for my own sake, but for the benefits that choosing to follow me would bring them.

Players and dogs

Monday, June 19, 2017.
But what do the Latins say? CAVE CANEM. Can I take this to be the Cynic motto, or something else? One could take this to mean: beware the person who has nothing to lose but her truth and her freedom. It’s true that the stray dog is accustomed to her freedom to love and to see; but I am sure that in choosing such a freedom, she is not thereby choosing to be hungry, miserable, homeless, and friendless — or even, to die. One does not choose these things. It is a curious person indeed, who accuses the stray for choosing such things.

Being Homo

Sunday, June 18, 2017.
And if only those with “human” status have certain rights and privileges, then it becomes important who is seen as “human” or not.

Techniques of Propaganda, God, and Tupac

Friday, June 16, 2017.
One day (much later than one would expect to realize such things), it dawned on me that Tupac was Black, and that I wasn’t. I realized that his love and his words weren’t intended for me. I felt like an outsider — like someone who woke up and realized that world that they had been living in all this time wasn’t intended for them, but that they were only getting a tour of what was originally created for the sake of rich, educated, White men. I remember that it made me feel a little bit sad, disappointed, hurt, and also embarrassed. I had always thought that Tupac was somehow beyond all that, but it turned out that he wasn’t. I realized that Black people were racist, and hateful, and ignorant — and that he was singing his songs for them, to help them heal. I realized that Black people had suffered a lot, and that they were still suffering. And I realized that Black people needed Tupac’s love for them, in a way that perhaps I didn’t.

The domain of morality

Thursday, June 15, 2017.
On my view, morality concerns what is good or bad and what is pleasant and painful — and these things can only be assessed by the sovereign individual, the God, the Self. No one else has the authority to judge these things.

Desire, Belief, and Paternalism

Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
I tend to be staunchly anti-paternalistic because of my personal history with the issue of abortion; especially if those who are to wield such “paternalistic” power over me are… not the same. And like most people who live in Plato’s world, I also do not wish to be ruled by those who are “worse” than I am. And it seems that the only way to make sure of that is to become a ruler myself — at least, of people like me. I have no desire to rule over people who are not like me, and neither do I wish to be ruled by people who are not like me.

Akrasia

Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
And here, the situation is a bit like the way it is with Euthyphro’s evolved gods: whatever is actual is so in virtue of the mind judging it to be so (but whether the actuality is true or not is another matter, and is quite the opposite of the situation with Euthyphro’s evolved gods).
But knowledge — as I had said — requires actually-true beliefs, not merely potentially-true ones, and obviously not actually-false beliefs. Though, I think it must be said that all actually-true beliefs are always potentially-true beliefs in some sense (but not the other way around).

Illuminati

Monday, June 12, 2017.
And so, it is this fact that Socrates knows that he knows no-thing that proves that Socrates’ questions are necessarily sincere. That is, they are not rhetorical questions. They’re very genuinely questions.

Reason

Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Well why defer to something bigger than myself, if the truth is in myself after all? What need do I have, for the consensus of the rest of humanity, if what I have is the most powerful and relevant thing of all — the truth?

Chaos

Saturday, June 10, 2017.
What I consider to be “rationality” is more subjective; it’s not something that can be assessed quite so objectively. It’s teleological. On my view, the relevant sort of “rationality” that humans have is simply the ability to make goals, plans, purposes, ends – in short, reasons for action(s). When a purpose or end becomes an all-encompassing one, then the subject who makes and maintains such purposes or ends is considered to have a “soul.” And for me, this simply is what rationality is; nothing more, nothing less.

Being and Becoming

Friday, June 9, 2017.
“…if nothing that comes to be can sidestep the now, whenever a thing is at this point, it always stops its coming-to-be and then is whatever it may have come to be.” (Plato, Parmenides, 152c-d)

A person worth imitating

Thursday, June 8, 2017.
The world is full of people who will busy themselves with imitating the past. It’s her job to give the world a person worth imitating — whether it is in music, or in image, or in character — a role-model.

Parmenides

Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
My translation: “Pay attention to the story that you hear, whether you think that it is the only way of searching. Now then, just as “it-is” [is] so also as “not-it-is” is not, Persuasion is the path — discovery [ie, “truth”] attends it — even as the “not-it-is” also must not be, I show to you that to follow that way is wholly unaccountable. Neither, then, would you experience* the “not-being” — that’s just not possible/accomplishable — nor be pointing it out.”