Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

For the 99 per cent

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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Decoding Omar Suleiman

Monday, February 14th, 2011

From Jadiliyya:

Dedicated to those who resisted and paid with their lives. On YouTube should it fail to play here.

Jadaliyya also has the best write-up of the Revolution I’ve seen to date.

Q&A

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

My wife is a schoolteacher in Cobb County, Georgia.  She spent Monday and Tuesday of this week in a training session, termed “professional development” or some other highfalutin phrase meaning training.  The trainers were former teachers who are now teaching teachers; in other words, they couldn’t hack it in the classrooms, so they became what are termed managers, or some other highfalutin phrase meaning hack.  The hacks talked a lot of talk about theories that have no real application in a real classroom, but which pass for “thinking” about education in today’s America, that is, in a land of ironic illusion where what you see is the demo and what you get is shit.

In a nutshell, a scene transpired closely resembling the following:

TRAINER: Blah blah blah no child left blah blah.
TEACHER: That won’t work in our classrooms because of blah blah and you know it.
TRAINER: Well, you’re right, that’s true, but really, ladies and gentlemen, teachers, that is, there’s nothing we can do about it, and really, I’m just trying to do my job.
TEACHER: That’s what Adolf Eichmann would say!
STUDENT: Who is Adolf Eichmann?

Quality

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Nothing is “greater” than one human life.  Nothing is more important.  Or more meaningless.  Simultaneously.  The meaning, and the insignificance, of one human life transcends logical classification.  This transcendence must be faced — this contradiction and others like it — must be grasped if the human species is to survive. We are — we exist — only beyond reason.  Reality is beyond reason. Is not comprehended in its completeness by reason.  Only incompletely comprehensible and expressible in words.  If this fact is not accepted in all its consequences, we are all going to perish.  (Note that because our reasonable, incomplete understanding yields marvels — smallpox vaccine, 747s — we are profoundly distracted from the truth — distracted at depth.)

Either/Or

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

A human being is either an animal, or less than animal.

Self-Esteem and The Other

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Low self-esteem and self-pity.  Bill Wilson writes:  “We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that [it] may be found.”

If it — or what we call “God” — is “deep down within us,” then to esteem oneself lowly is also to esteem God lowly.  To disrespect and disregard oneself is also to disrespect and disregard God.  Likewise, to hold others in low esteem, to disrespect others and disregard them.

Perhaps, then, the solution to the problem of low self-esteem lies not in affirmations of one’s own worth, but in esteeming, respecting, regarding whatever one calls “God.”

But what if “God” is an absurdist?  Then there is a little piece of divine absurdity in everything, including oneself.  Would Tolstoy say that The Kingdom of the Absurd Is Within You?

One Variety of Religious Experience

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

America’s faith — that in which it believes (that is, what it does; see William James) — is rooted in fear.  That is why both the Real American Evil and the Real American Hero are killers (see D. H. Lawrence).