“The greatest weight.– What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!”
Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?… Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?”
Virtue Theory – or Aristotalianism – identifies right actions as those that a virtuous agent would do, when acting in character.
We know what the traditional virtues are – such as courage, moderation, justice etc. – but ‘virtue theory’ identifies the virtues as those character traits that contribute to eudaimonia. ‘Eudaimonia’ is often understood as ‘flourishing’. Morality bites because of its contribution to our flourishing. We all want to flourish. What is the best way, though without guarantee, to achieving this? Read more…
I appreciate I may be kicking up a stink here. I only wish to express my point of view on a topic that I hold dear: poetry & prose. Read more…
Olds & Young ‘Uns!
Many thanks for the birthday present – it is amazing. I have included a recording below that explains it better than I can type. Mum, you will need to use Dad’s headphones – don’t argue, these microphones are designed to be listened back to using Headphones.
Here they are in action …
See, I suffer from Schizophrenia and have been going through a relapse recently. Most people confuse schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder – it is not. I compare the symptoms to a life-long acid trip (afterlife long? Or, is that a monotheistic mushroom cult?).
As stated, I have been tripping balls for the past 5 days or so – sometimes with a theme (there is always an aggressive female archetype – make of that what you will). Read more…
This page can tell you far better than I can about what Doctors call a Psychosis. On it, it states:
Psychosis (also called a psychotic experience or episode) is when you perceive or interpret events differently from people around you. This could include experiencing hallucinations, delusions or flight of ideas.
It is tonights thinking that I wish to address in the light of the above quote. Have tonights revelations been, quoting the passage above, a way out of my psychosis or part of my psychosis?
As the hardcore followers of this Blog will have been made aware, several times, I wrote (in a ham-fisted fashion) about The Butterfly Dream (here). Here it is again in Chinese and translated -
“Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.”
More than one-third of American adults wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis. Of those who experience “nocturnal awakenings,” nearly half are unable to fall back asleep right away. Doctors frequently diagnose this condition as a sleep disorder called “middle-of-the-night insomnia,” and prescribe medication to treat it.
Mounting evidence suggests, however, that nocturnal awakenings aren’t abnormal at all; they are the natural rhythm that your body gravitates toward. According to historians and psychiatrists alike, it is the compressed, continuous eight-hour sleep routine to which everyone aspires today that is unprecedented in human history. We’ve been sleeping all wrong lately — so if you have “insomnia,” you may actually be doing things right. Read more…
Nothing to look at here – nothing, what so ever.
I am really hoping that my house does not get burgled. I have committed to blogging as much as possible this year. Nothing like the disaster that was the bet two years ago – where I foolishly took on Dragondrop on a 365 blog dual. No no, just the regular; Blog as much as possible but do not put too much pressure on yourself. Read more…