Monday, December 26, 2011

Why humans so different from nature? (The Imagination as The Divine)

Humans are spiritual creatures. That is what makes us different from animals. Spiritual means that which you cannot see. That is, things of the spirit are not things of matter. Therefore, the human has access to a part of reality which all other animals don’t. Our culture and language are prime examples of our preoccupation with immaterial affairs. Our imagination, I believe, is the divine. If I asked you to imagine a horse, what sense are you using to perceive it? It definitely is not any of our five senses we use to perceive the world. When we perceive the horse in the mind, we are viewing it through the imagination. Because of this, many of our social, religious, and political practices stem from ideologies which are from the imagination. We deal with the imagination all the time. And it is this part of ourselves which to me is what all cultures call the divine or “other-worldly”. This spiritual side of ourselves is what one should give their attention to when contemplating the origins of human idiosyncrasies such as culture, language, music, and ritual. The implications of this notion also deal with the future of our species as we progress to greater levels of imagine potential, manifesting as new social structures and technologies. Our imagination, I believe, is the key to understanding why we are so different from the rest of nature.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Some Words On Abortion

How I understand it:
Bodily life begins at conception. You, me, and others are persons and not necessarily bodies.
If one were to fall into an irreversible coma, would we not conclude they were dead?
Because what makes a person is their person-hood and not their body. Its a mental thing.
So bodily life begins at conception, but person-hood begins at about 20-25 months (about the time the baby can start to tell itself apart from the environment).

So the fetus is not a person. The newborn infant is not a person.
Why would this offend some? Does something have to be a person to be respected? If it offends someone, then that person does not respect things that are non persons.

As abortion goes, its better for a child to be raised in a world were it is wanted. If it is born to parents who have doubts about its existence, that negativity will spill over and affect the child's upbringing, mostly likely for worse. Adoption is not a good option because of the moral question of whether or not to inform the child of their situation. If one doesn't tell the child, they might find out later which will cause a nervous breakdown. If the child is told, he may feel frustrated or upset that he doesn't have "real" parents and he may even disrespected his caregivers.

Also if abortion was made illegal, many will still try to abort and they might end up hurting themselves or the baby, possibly dieing. Better to keep it in the light of legitimate medical science.

Thus, abortion is a right for a woman and man to choose. To infringe is not a moral issue, but one of liberty.   

a=a (Virtual Reality)

Virtual reality will eventually advance to the point that it will become indistinguishable from reality.
Therefore, if there is no telling them apart, they become equal, a=a.

What if your life is an advanced video game? Maybe the player was tied of doing things while knowing s/he was playing a game. Maybe they wanted the thrill from tricking themselves into thinking that the game is a real life.

If you think about the evolution of video games, its not hard to envision there will be advanced games that would allow the player to completely immerse themselves in the game forgetting that its a game. All for entertainment's sake. People will eventually get bored with games that give them only pleasures, they will want the joys and pains of a full life. Maybe the game lasts a day but feels like a lifetime.
Who knows? Who cares?  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

4 Starting Points for Activism

In today's world there are many problems facing humanity. Because of this, some people have become activists. Their aim is to bring awareness to a given troubling issue, with the hope of generating some kind of helpful response.
In light of this, I have outlined four main areas of activism.
The four areas of activism: Ecological, Economic, Social, and Political.

-The Ecological deals with how humans relate to non-human life and nature in general. Examples of activism here are the environmental movement and the animal rights movement.

-The Economic is concerned with how humans relate to their material resources. Examples of activism in this area are labor movements and Occupy Wall Street.

-The Social covers how humans relate to others within their community. Examples of activism in this area are the civil rights movement and the suffrage movement.

-The Political spans how human communities/societies as a whole interact with other whole communities/societies. Examples of activism in this area are the anti-war protests and the tea-party movement.  

My intent with this outline is to help guide those who feel frustrated with the way things are, but have no way to articulate it in a tangible manner. Hopefully with these distinctions, it can be easier for them to fully notice problematic issues and help others become aware of them.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Five Abysses: Starting Points for Speculative Philosophy

I'm a huge fan of speculative philosophy and speculating in general. By its very definition speculation deals with what we know very little about. Yet I find it fun because, in doing so, one can confront the mystery of their existence and fully be aware of how we, as humans, are both unique and insignificant at the same time. Its akin to a religious/spiritual feeling and its much like painting a picture. Whether or not its true is not the point. The aim is to give an unique metaphor that we can use to replace the ones we already have. It can also help us work on our assumptions by bringing them up for review. Reworking our assumptions can then in turn help guide and color our lives differently.

With all that said, I think there are four main starting points in speculating the mysteries of existence.
I get this distinction from a Terrence Mckenna lecture which I don't recall the name of. Yet I added Being/Existence on my own.

-Life/Death relates to the mystery of how life came to be and what happens to it at death.
-Time/History deals with the mystery of the duration of the universe and the recent occurrence (genetically speaking) of history as an out growth from nature that is not nature itself (artificiality).
-Space/Matter covers the mystery of the expansiveness of space and the matter that occupies it.
-Dreams/Psyche regards the mystery of the dream's relation to reality and the connection between the mind and body or world.
-Being/Existence refers to the mystery of the basis of reality and what constitutes and causes it.

These five topics I believe cover all the areas of mystery in our present time. People interested in speculative philosophy and theories should use these areas as spring boards to create their own ideas or to help evaluate others ideas.

The point is to be reasonable not factual.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fucking Crippled

Loving another has made me

Fucking crippled

Injured by its duration

Scarred from the attachment

Lines of relation shattered

Left to pick up half the pieces

Glue seems useless

It will only hold the pieces long enough

But eventually it will fall and break again

A life spent putting pieces back together

Trusting the pieces glued

Will hold together better in the future

Then in the past

I am crippled because of this truth

I am too cynical to glue the pieces back together

Coquettish Trance

Her stink is all over me

How sweet the smell

Makes me cringe as I remember

Her lovely soft face

I can still feel the crushing weight of her actions on my mind

How I miss her false embrace

This vicious drama pokes holes through my soul

Showing me how beauty is both blissful and cruel

What a sick joke?

I wish I could get the punch-line