And oh, by the way, freedom cuts both ways – as Rousseau said several centuries ago, one can be ‘forced’ to be ‘free’ – and worse, one can be forced to obey ‘morally’ justified laws that he or she doesn’t like in order to protect the ‘freedom’ of others.
During October 2020, it’s going to get rough before it gets better.
For Trump, it doesn’t look great and now the question is how will each and every one of us handle it.
Interesting question, what is politics – don’t you think? Apparently there are many possible definitions but the one with which I particularly resonate is all about POWER! I’m thinking back to Orwell’s Animal Farm and the abuse of power through totalitarian propaganda because propaganda is how anyone stays in power (i.e. nation-state, head of household, corporate). In…
Plato also teaches that bloated with desire to do whatever we wish – whenever we wish, (i.e. the American obsession with unlimited free speech and unmitigated gun control), the citizens of democracy will at last become so sensitive we no longer can endure ‘the yoke of laws’.
To me, dharma defined in this way seems to be the similar to what Heidegger called ‘care and concern’.
One such practice is an evening philosophical diary, a tool of self-reflection to help me to learn from my experience and to forgive myself for my mistakes.
To get to the bottom of this, says Heidegger, we need to jettison 2500 years of Western thought and philosophy which has focused solely on what it means ‘to be’ but not what it means ‘to be of something’.
According to Barrett, this might well have been the first conscious articulation of one of Nietzsche’s most famous concepts, the Will to Power, although it hadn’t started there.
Whilst a superhero like Nietzsche’s Übermensch, or Superman, might have been able to bridge the gap, unfortunately like Nietzsche himself, Zarathustra couldn’t.