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    Comprehending the Whale From Within Its Belly

    Archimedes’ platform is a means for comprehending the society in which we reside. We are splashing about within the belly of our society and the only means for understanding this society is for us to find a platform outside of the monster.

    I claim that we are all ideologues within our society and as such our view is seriously compromised. To understand our reality we must first discover how to stand outside of our personal ideologies. Ideology prejudices our view and blinds us to reality and only after recognizing this fact can we begin to analyze our situation.

    If we continue to follow our bovine characteristics of either running with the herd or standing blankly staring into the distance we cannot “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative”.

    How do we escape from the grasp of today’s ideologies, fads, rationalizations, and general enculturation? We must learn to read backwards to remove our self from today’s cultural container. As Archimedes observed we must find a platform outside of that reality which we wish to understand and to move.

    Reading backwards is using our library card to borrow books that were written many years or many hundreds of years ago. Reading has another great advantage in that we can easily focus on books that have withstood the test of time. We can easily identify the ‘real thing’ insofar was worthy thinking is concerned.

    We can read Churchill about the past one hundred years; we can read Marx, Darwin or Freud if we want to cover the 19th century, perhaps Paine, Jefferson and Hamilton on the 18th century, maybe Bacon, Chaucer, Aquinas and Plato going further back in history.

    By reading backward we get a sense of the universal and the relative, the essential and the arbitrary. We can form the basis of reading critically with questions to act as our guide to understanding. We can learn to stop our general practice of sleep reading. We learned in our schooling to sleep read, sleep listen, and to become apathetic regarding all things intellectual. By reading backwards we can begin to comprehend the irrational impulses of our superficial consumer culture.

    Our consumer culture through the schooling institutions has molded us into superficial creatures unable to withstand the inducements of our foolish value system.


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    Posting philosophy essays?

    S'all-good. Good stuff.

    As for being in the belly of a whale, I find a modacome of snuff to be most efficacious... :wink:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf
    Posting philosophy essays?

    S'all-good. Good stuff.

    As for being in the belly of a whale, I find a modacome of snuff to be most efficacious... :wink:
    I read a lot of stuff and writing is my way of comprehending what I read and then I post those writings that I think we all need to comprehend.
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    And you persistently refuse to express your own views on the writings. You rarely tell us whose writings you are precising. And yet this is a discussion forum, yet you generally avoid discussion at every turn.

    My criticism may offend, annoy, or frustrate you coberst, but as long as you adopt this particular policy, I shall likely continue to criticise it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    And you persistently refuse to express your own views on the writings. You rarely tell us whose writings you are precising. And yet this is a discussion forum, yet you generally avoid discussion at every turn.

    My criticism may offend, annoy, or frustrate you coberst, but as long as you adopt this particular policy, I shall likely continue to criticise it.

    Heckle--to harass and try to disconcert with questions, challenges, or gibes--badger
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    Ignore -- refuse to acknowledge, dismiss, fail to notice, neglect
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    Ignore -- refuse to acknowledge, dismiss, fail to notice, neglect
    The only means for dealing with hecklers.
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    have it your way - you're on my ignore list
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    coberst, if you keep this up, pretty soon everybody on this forum will either consistently ignore you or consistently heckle you. You basically say the same things over and over again in your endless essays, with the condescending attitude of "let me educate you, you poor misguided creatures," and you don't do anything else. You're becoming a broken record.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought this was a forum, not a bulletin board.

    In other words, threads should have both a purpose, and an effort towards discussion.

    Zen is all very well an' good, but I'm sure there's a lonely mountain somewhere that's missing it's guru.
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