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Case

A case against God is only as good as the God it seeks to demolish.

TS33-35

#TS33 prompts: The Apocalypse, an odd couple, a tea towel.
* At the World's end, God and Devil sit for a cup of *chai* and the tea towel is lifted in the celebration of a game well played
* The post-apocalyptic chaos theorists wd have no clue that it all began in the moment of a surreptitious kiss in a Victorian tea party 
#TS34 prompts: An animal celebrity, self flagellation and a flower.
* Tormented again by her sinful urges, the priestess-under-vow scattered petals at the feet of snake goddess and reached for her whip
#TS35 prompts: Soondhi (the earthen smell after the rain), doubt, a girl kicking and a Karachi bus
* The soondhi fragrance of that kicking screaming girl lurched the hijacker's heart, and he knew sans doubt that he had fallen hostage
* Dear Kicking-Girl. I doubt u remember me. But on my way to Karachi again, in this bus, the weather all soondhi, u r all I can remember
* A poem kicks my mind once more: it shall marry my doubts to your soondhi love, and set them o…

TS31 and TS32

#TS31 prompt: a barge, a deck of cards, and an itinerant musician. 
* He played all the cards right, even sang like UB40 on the rocky boat, but the unseduced Queen of Hearts left with just a friendly peck

* His life was shuffled like a deck of cards; it was impossible to stick togther so on a ferry he blew apart with one last song: 'Allah-o-Akbar!' 
#TS32 prompts: Breathless Dragon, Comb, Little Black Book, Cat's Paw. 
* She combed breathlessly through his moleskine - heisted with feline grace - and she fell in love again with the man she thought was dead

"Affair ho ga na!"

Faiza Hameed: "A 2nd year ICS girl shot inside the overhead bridge in front of KC today. The guy who shot her killed himself too. Consider the reaction of people to the above: "Affair ho ga na!" "Us larki ne khud he bulaaya ho ga usko." "Isi liye parents jaldi shaadyaan kar detey hain aisi larkion ki!' And I'm reminded of your article published in Us a while back. The one that talked about the dynamics that surrounds a girl's honor and related morality issues here. Forget the fact that a life was cut short so early by something so traumatic. Her education, a career, a prospective future all swished down the drain cause the hands of justice are tied and people can just put a bullet through someone whenever they want. Forget the fact that bystanders in news footage can be seen callously recording videos and taking pictures of the dead bodies. People just need someone to tie the scandal-ringing bell on. And if it's a girl, all the better!&quo…

#TS30

My tweet-length short stories from twitter, following the #TS30 tag which had the theme of  'an infection, an interminable conflict, a flash.'

* The old doctor mastered the art of picking early signs of STDs in the internet porn he consumed, till he went blind from neurosyphilis

* their love flowed like rice-water diarrhea; their silence froze like cold war; their unnoticed end too flashy for a public display.

* Her fist smashed the camera just as it flashed, the image of her dermatitis-inflicted face vaporized in digital limbo; 'Fuckin paparazzi'

* Ironically, it was the driest of their make up kisses that gave her Mono; their damper osculations, rife with conflict, had been safe.

Nihilism as a 'how to feel' philosophy

Iris: I have been thinking about existential nihilism for quite some time (especially your post). But questions do not cease and there still does not seem to be any clarity. Tell me, when does one say something is self-defeating? For something to be self-defeating, must it not have a purpose to start with? If so, it is clear that nihilism does not have any purpose, and like you say even annihilation does not work. Nihilism's 'everything is meaningless' motto is a mere statement; one without a purpose/aim. Then how can it be self-defeating? I am only thinking in terms of destruction and chaos that naturally ensues from its practice though that is not the purpose of nihilism. So what is nihilism then? It feels intuitively that it is self-defeating but logically I am unable to conclude so. I think, that is why Komal's comment made so much sense that even annihilation is a self-important act and nihilism does not permit that.
Me: @SamadK on twitter said this to me, but in…

Fall

He makes our fall a means for greater rise.

Sri Aurobindo,Savitri, Book I, Canto III

Rewrite

Rewrite
Awais Aftab

I will rewrite our memories tonight
Sculpt for us, our apt beginning
Worthy of our perfect end
As if we were always meant to be

Moral Flynn effect

Steven Pinker's recent book “Better Angels of Our Nature” argues that our modern era is far less violent and cruel than any previous era in human history, and this thesis is backed up by convincing research and data. One of the challenges for Pinker as an anthropologist is to explain what has brought this about. A reasons he gives is that our increased ability of abstract reasoning has led to better moral commitments, what he calls the 'moral Flynn effect'. Peter Singer explains this in his review of Pinker's book:
"Pinker’s claim that reason is an important factor in the trends he has described relies in part on the “Flynn effect” — the remarkable finding by the philosopher James Flynn that ever since I.Q. tests were first administered, the scores achieved by those taking the test have been rising. The average I.Q. is, by definition, 100; but to achieve that result, raw test scores have to be standardized. If the average teenager today could go back in time and …

Grain of Truth

Beware the grain of truth in the cause you oppose.

The Fragility of a Perspective

I happened to stumble across an old post on a blog, whose author (glynos) no longer seems to be around. I feel it has something valuable to say, so I am sharing it here:

"I used to be a staunch determinist before coming across Nietzsche. I was adamant that it was the only philosophical argument that was uncontestable. I even managed to convert a few people to determinism and almost felt an obligation to explain it to the majority of people I met. It occured to me a while back how fragile a perspective can be. How one can be so certain of something, to the nth degree, and yet with time and 'knowledge,' how that perspective can gradually change. I've yet to come across a detailed critique from Nietzsche that negates determinism, but that's not important. A lot of people even consider Nietzsche to be a determinist. The one thing that seems clear is that he never considered it a topic that important to discuss, particularly in his major works. He sums it up brilliant…

Nihilism is Self-defeating

In my post Does Nihilism Dictate Death?, I had shown that for a nihilist, if nothing in life has value, the only way to affirm and live by such a philosophy is to die.
Komal commented on this: "But then the action of killing oneself should also be self-important, no?"
Which is a brilliant point! The only way to affirm and live by nihilism is to die. But a nihilist has no reason to affirm and live by nihilism either! Why practice nihilism, a nihilist may ask, what's the point? Even if it is the sole truth, why care, why bother? Why should nihilism have any value or worth, when nothing else does! This shows that nihilism does not dictate death, but perhaps this makes it the most self-defeating philosophy ever!

Ontological Argument for Truth and Correspondence Theory

Maverick Philosopher answers my email in which I had asked him if his ontological argument for objective reality also settles the case for correspondence theory of truth:

An Ontological Argument for Truth and the Correspondence Theory