I had a realization about the elites, the 1%, and the 1st worlders. I don't know what to do about it. It explains a lot why this segment of humanity behaves the way they behave and why odd things in politics happen. You know what they say, hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times. let's explore this.
Is there a need for gods or a god? More accurately, is there a need for a transcendental reality or transcendental ideals; a reality or ideals that is more than just mere existence. It's odd that removing god and the worship of god from people doesn't necessarily lead to a more rational society, people just find other things to worship. As an atheist I think I should explore this topic more.
The East and The West took different approaches to gaining knowledge and understanding reality. Lately, I find myself going through my Eastern philosophy studies in order to make sense of the chaos around us. I find that Western philosophy (sharp and powerful as it is as an intellectual tool) is somehow ill-equip in understanding the deepest and grandest mysteries of the universe and that of reality.
There's a big difference between the external world (objective reality, the realm of forms) and the internal world--which have been called in many different ways, the mind, the self among others. Why is this important? In postmodern world where people purposely blur the distinction between the domain of forms and the domain of non-forms, it becomes important to observe these 2 seemingly opposite worlds. "Seemingly opposite", because that is not the accurate way of thinking about it.
Elon Musk in one of his interviews talked about reasoning from first principles. By virtue of who he is, I think he popularized thinking from facts or objective thinking. The internet just took his word for it. Just search "reasoning from first principles" and you'll find Elon Musk with it. The question is, how do you exactly reason or think from first principles? In this episode, we're going to explore reasoning from first principles in greater detail.
Saying things that people generally don't want to hear includes consequences like being doxed, censored, business taken away, opportunities lost, or worst physically harmed. The so called left has morphed into this dangerous entity. I used to hide from it with a psuedonym as a shield. But no more. Here I am. I use my face and my name. I want to be as open as possible to develop that trust with listeners who may stumble on this podcast.
Aiming for the truth in a postmodern world is like aiming at a moving target, standing on a boat on a stormy sea. We have information, yes. But weather that information is valid or true, is a totally different question.
When we say true, what do we mean? When we say facts, what is it? What's the difference between facts, evidence, and proof? How about believing and knowing? What's the difference? These are important distinctions that must be made especially if we're searching for truth.
The problem lies not on people's inability for critical thought but people mistaking feeling for thinking. Feeling is easy, no effort is required to feel. Controlling those primal urges is harder. It requires a high degree of self-awareness and mental sophistication to do so–that is the mark of being human. Unfortunately, the cult of feelings is rising and it threatens to destroy humanity.
When you worry or get stressed because of your problems, it simply means that you haven't figured out the solution to your problem. The question is how do you find solutions to your problems? Listen to find out!
In a time of chaos, in a world ripe with propaganda and fake news, in a society plagued by false prophets and sophist, how to do you protect yourself? How do you know who to believe, what to believe? How do you cut through the lies?
Mentioned in this episode: Afghanistan, North Korea, Russia & The Middle East: US Empire Won't Leave The World Alone.