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Waisi Analysis

Aati: Your philosophical nature stems from more than just intellectual or spiritual yearning... [it also stems from] A quest for Identity. Philosophy is also a way for you to distinguish yourself from others, and its charm reduces if it loses that function, even if the other roles it serves in your life increase. Boy, in a way, the world is lucky so many insist on ignorance :P If everyone had been an intellectual, mild-mannered creative type forever thinking, your ego might have driven you to carve out a 'radically' different unique identity by becoming an anti-intellectual brash self-righteous hick type barely aware of his brain. Haha, I'm already trying to imagine you as that! And I can't. :P Me: What if i had become a reluctant conformist in such a case? :) Aati: Who would secretly blog about the pleasures of vegging out, and long to be a public ignoramus? :P Me: Hahaha! Now that does sound like me! :D

Morality and Rationality: The Big Why II

Continuing my thoughts based on the comments on this post:
* It seems that being rational helps us achieve our goals and needs, and actually puts an individual at an advantage, in contrast to morality, which apparently puts an individual at a disadvantage. So one might say to 'Why be rational?': 'Because it is good for us.' /'Because it works for us.'
* While morality apparently puts an individual at a disadvantage, it is advantageous to the society as a whole. A society in which individuals act morally is more likely to flourish and survive. Therefore, in answer to this question 'Why be moral?' an individual may have no answer, a society can definitely answer 'Because it is good for us.' / 'Because it works for us.' And if a society is moral, then indirectly, the individual would be forced to be moral.
* While rationality help us in practical matters, it is not always advantageous to the individual. Consider the example of an individual us…

Aborted Stories: The Five Curses

The Five Curses
Awais Aftab

The Guardian

He stood on the edge of the Water Tank, trying to discern the shapes that were the buildings and walkways of the university, that would have been visible all splayed out before this eyes, if it were not the opaque darkness of the charcoal clouds churning in the casserole of nighttide, – a nuit sans ├ętoiles – and if it were not raining blood from the sky. The cough intermittently rose in his chest like a geyser of ominous bile. The weakness in his limbs and his dyspneic breathing reminded him that time was short. There were greater forces at work here. He could almost feel the wings of the Cherubims fluttering in his face amidst the splatter of drops, their howls permeating the torrents of winds, threatening to tip his balance any minute. He was soaked in water but he knew that he was sweating, the gravity of what he was about to do bearing on his heart. It had been almost two months ago that he had become aware of that over-bearing knowledge… th…

Free Will and Morality

An insightful post on 3QD.
Free Will and Morality

Sorry

'I could say I'm sorry, but it wouldn't be true.'
Lal Meri, Bad Things

Morality and Rationality: The Big Why

In the absence of any objective moral values, the most obvious haunting question is "Why be moral?" There is, as yet, no satisfactory answer to this question. Psychological observation, however, indicates that people do not cease to be moral just because they lack a philosophical justification to be moral. Most likely this is because we possess an inherent disposition towards moral behavior. A moral person cannot help being moral. A person who makes use of the argument 'Why be moral?' to do something contra-morality is probably already somewhat deficient in that moral disposition.
A question that almost appears analogous to this one is "Why be rational?" There is, as yet, no satisfactory answer to this question either. Rationality cannot justify itself using itself. Again, rational thinking seems to be an inherent disposition, something we cannot help doing. Of course, this disposition, like the moral disposition, is stronger in some than others, but those …

Meta-Ethics

Thought of the Day
Does it make any sense to ask "Ought we do what we ought to do?" or is it just a tautological question?

Choice

Existentialists talk about the faculty of Choice that humans possess, the inescapable despairing choice that is thrust upon us. If we are in a situation where we compromise, we are choosing to compromise. We might as well do the opposite. If your father threatens to throw you out of the house if you don't do so-and-so thing and you have no means of living on your own, you may feel that you don't have a choice, but you actually do. If you submit to your father's demands, you are choosing to do that. You might as well have chosen to leave the house. But you didn't, because it would be more problematic for you to do that. The extreme example that is given to us is that of a man holding a gun to your head and commanding you to do something. Here again, you have a choice. You could just as well refuse to obey him and take the bullet.
But, the Choice we are talking about in this case is the Philosophical Choice, which is not the same as a Psychological Choice. A person whose onl…

Booze

God is the booze of the sinners.

Couriers

"They were given the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. In the manner of children, they all wanted to be couriers. As a result, there are only couriers. They gallop through the world shouting to each other messages that, since there are no kings, have become meaningless. Gladly would they put an end to their miserable existence, but they dare not, because of their oaths of service."
A parable by Franz Kafka

Needs

X: Is that how the idealists pursue love, seeking one person to satisfy one's every need? What a curious lack of needs these people would have in order not to be disappointed!

A Heart Stifled

We believe what we believe for reasons that transcend Reason.*
Only a few gifted individuals allow Reason to reason with their beliefs.
To go where the argument leads would be to be... promiscuous.
To be without reasoning would be to be either blind or capricious.
Open your heart to the musings of logic, the freedom of arguments, the play of deductions.
Use Reason not merely to justify, but to grow, to evolve.
A heart without intellect is a heart stifled.
A heart stifled is the worst of all hearts.

* Bodes gloom for the search of Truth.
But there never was a Truth to possess.
Only a Truth to aim for.

Pity

Pity is one of the worst foundations to base any relationship on. Appealing to pity to keep a relationship alive is to put it on life-support. Appealing to pity to form a relationship is to doom it from the start.
You cannot be someone's true friend just because you feel sorry for him. You cannot love someone just because you are afraid of hurting him.