What I admire about WordPress is that the biggest part of the users is American. While Germans are concerned about having a stable society, Frenchmen about beauty and pleasures of life, Russians about absolute truth, Americans are in obsession to prove that they are “good persons”. Continue reading
Certificate of “Truth”
When you smile at someone they smile back: Society is a house of mirrors. Our psyche has a mirror nature, which determines education, morality and culture. We copy when we learn, we copy what we like, we copy as we see – and, in order to save energy, our mind leaves it all behind the limit of our consciousness. Whoever we meet, all we can see in others are our own traits: exaggerated, fascinating and sometimes similar. Whatever we see we are only aware of the properties we have already saw: the reflections of previous experience. Whatever we do was already done by someone else in a similar way: the new is transcendental to human society. The mirror nature is our gift and our curse. Here is the source of society and its boundary.
We ought to have wings in order to fly, but we do not so requiring us to fly is to doom us to eternal failure of our goal. This is how insistence on some morality can be: we require that we do something that by nature we can not.
Why has the Is always eluded us? – we have been blinded by our desire for the Ought. If we ought to fly, how could we ever believe it is impossible for us? Continue reading
There is no wrong morality. Philosophy of morality has to deal with life and not reason – with the real and not the ideal. As mentioned in Morality and Reason, a purely abstract philosophy of morality that is interested in absolute truth (not just relative to some assumptions) will always be stillborn. Only by our belief in truth have we been able to prove it, but, in such a secular world, most agree: belief is no proof. For the abstract philosophy, I can say: to call a morality wrong is to make a moral judgment, and so one needs a morality to comment on the rightness of morality, but no morality can comment on itself.
Self – is the answer for all questions.
Maybe The Socratic Turn was too intensive and came back into initial position after running through all the 360 degrees?
Unlike the sociocentric people of Africa and Asia we, westerners, live in individualistic societies, but for some mysterious reason, beyond all the human rights and freedoms, we have almost lost the meaning of the individual. Continue reading
Usual system of early education, based on encouragement and punishment, affects mainly the animal nature of human, but every action is doomed to have a counteraction. And our animal nature, which has since the childhood become a main part of our social life, produces in the future such anomalies as fear, feeling of vanity and inferiority, and all the psychoanalytical complexes according to the list. In Japan children were traditionally allowed to do anything at all until the age of 6-7 – probably that is the reason why prewar Japanese culture has conquered one of the biggest animal fears of all – the fear of death.
Creative work can be considered as the only obvious trait which makes human and animal different. We seem to know everything about it: early and modern history, common definition, manifestations. But we are still too far away from an understanding of what creation essentially is. Why do we have desire to create? Where do ideas for the creation come from? What is creative and what is not?