Conservative Blast

May 28, 2008

People on the right wing of politics around the world annoy me.  The further right the bigger the annoyance.

It seems to me that the conservatives of this world, by their nature, veer off into a closed bubble of self.  The very nature of conservatism is to be introvert.  Amass wealth and superficial sundries.  Look after nobody but yourself.

The further people drift left the more they see the injustice on this tiny planet, the socialist tendency allows facts like:

“Richest 2 Percent Own Half the World’s Wealth.”

…to sink in.

I would go so far as to say most conservatives are so consumed in their own personal bubble that they are beyond caring for anything or anyone who doesn’t in some way come into contact with them.

Superficial actions do not count.

Most people vote based on a surface tension layer of understanding, formed from tabloid red top head lines for the most part.  Xenophobes who think that people worse off than them should not be allowed in to their respective country.  They of course forget that if the positions were reversed they would leave their nation of birth and seek something better.  That of course is irrelevant to them.  Xenophobia creates many of the worlds issues and ruins many lives.  But I again refer to the ‘bubble’.

Let’s not be silly and say everything that is proposed by right wing parties or organisations is sensible.  But the essence of the philosophy is correct.  The morality at the core should speak to a society based on ethics, morality and the good of mankind.

I have little faith in the human race as a whole.  Not to say I haven’t been in my own bubble of self indulgence, but I like to think that I learn from mistakes and evolve in my own understanding of this small planet we all inhabit.  I suppose my urge to study the arts, philosophy and politics in relative depth rather than showbiz, soap and tabloid news stands me in a better stead and I think that is where the general population of the western world falls down.  But I generalise.

I suppose I can sum up by saying that I wish the population of our wide ranging societies would spend less time looking in their own wallets, at their own selfish desires and more to the bigger picture.  You may only have £50 in your bank, but someone else only has £1.  You may want that bigger house or other belonging that you don’t really need. Someone else wants for the means to survive.  Even in your own country.

I recently listened to a podcast that made an impression.

It focused on spending an hour thinking about what you could do without and still be happy.  I think if most people were brutally honest with themselves it would be a lot more than they would initially realise.  We live in an ultra capitalist society here in the west.

Is it really good for us as a species, individuals, on a planet of limited resources?


Philosophy: The Basics 4th Edition by Nigel Warburton

April 4, 2008

Review proper.

This little gem of a book covers the most pressing, if I can use that phrase, of philosophical problems.  They are grouped in to the following categories via chapter:

  • God
  • Right and wrong
  • Politics
  • The external world
  • Science
  • Mind
  • Art

Each subject is covered from a layman’s stand point delving just deep enough to keep the novice mind ticking while prompting further questioning by the keen intellect and introducing technical terms as and where appropriate.

Obviously this book is not going to be suited to someone already familiar to the concepts introduced; however I would venture that Warburtons treatments of the subjects he introduces would fall well on the seasoned philosopher to boot.

The further reading sections at the end of each chapter also provide a guiding hand as to where to go to pursue areas of particular interest to the reader.

To sum up?  An excellent introduction to philosophy for the novice and beginner, which a more advanced reader could surely appreciate, and gain at least some use out of.


Meta-ethics

April 1, 2008

This aspect of Ethics in relation to philosophy at large is definitely a topic I want to delve into.

The anti-naturalist rather than Kantian or utilitarian view seems to me to be the way I would go, though with my own corrections and views.  There are other interesting properties to the larger argument such as moral relativism and Satre’s ‘No Human Nature’ stand point to take into account among many others.

It is obviously a deep and interesting philosophical subject that has troubled and danced in the human mind as far back as we have had the capacity to think.

Right or wrong still, and always will, divide society and individuals for a long time to come.


Philosophy: The Basics

March 30, 2008

By Nigel Warburton

4th Edition

This is an excellent read so far and this post isn’t a full review.  The text is expanding on what knowledge I have already garnered and while I wouldn’t say I am a complete novice, it is also pointing me in different directions and to different texts / works.  I haven’t finished the complete read, so when I have I’ll be sure to elaborate further.


Big Ideas

March 26, 2008

It seems to me that there are two major areas of understanding that we need to grasp as a species and explore, but the majority never do, being so wrapped up in the mundane task of living day to day.

We need to understand what goes on inside us and what goes on outside us.

I know that seems like a rather stupid and obvious statement, but I make it referring to Philosophy and Physics  and how they combine and where.

I want to see what the Kierkegaard’s, the Kant’s, the Nietzsche’s see along with the Hawking’s, the Einsteins and the Feynman’s.  It’s a lifelong quest I know, but it’s one I undertake every day with baited breath while dealing with the mundane politics of Socialism, the equisit words of Plath, the philosophy of Buddhism and the unending wonders of my partner and daughter / step daughters.  Each has it’s own importance and I hold each dear to me.  It’s the juggling that maybe teaches me the most.


Zeitgeist

January 17, 2008

I watched this film last night and I have to say it was a rather interesting experience. In fact, I watched it twice. Sometimes in your life, a film or documentary comes along and it changes these questions. Your most fundamental perceptions about what’s going on in the world.

I was in two minds as to whether I should include this review on my film review site chewed celluloid or simply put it in my blog. I came to the conclusion that this isn’t really a film review it is more my comments on this film or documentary.

So, where shall I begin well, the film is split into three parts. The first part deals with religion, the second part deals with 911 and the third part deals with international banking and its possible controls over the world. The first part, religion is excellently executed and totally believable as something that I actually believe myself. After this excellent introduction, some of the ideas put forward do become a little muddy. I would think that there have been 911 conspiracy theories since the day after 911 itself. And yes we all know that most conspiracy theories are a load of rubbish. However, there is some truth or something that rings of truth in this second part of this documentary. If you do get the time to watch this which I highly recommend you will see what I mean. There is the possibility that 911 was a conspiracy. However unlikely it may seem to us rational thinking people. The third part to this film is the part that really does begin to push what we can believe or at least it did with me. No doubt there will be some people who watched this film and took it all at face value.

Like I say, I watched this film twice, back to back, because it really did get me on the first watching. After second a viewing I did begin to question how real all of it could be when put together, they do say truth is stranger than fiction. And I have no doubt that this is true in most cases. All I can say is to watch this film/documentary and make your own mind up. Maybe, as it did with me it will leave you questioning, certain things that you’ve taken for granted. Or maybe they will slide over you as just another conspiracy theory. Weather you do find any grains of truth in this film. Or take it simply as entertainment, I guarantee you one thing, you will be entertained.

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A Review of My 2007

January 1, 2008

Like most peoples years, mine has had it’s fair share of ups and downs. Plus the usual personal issues and quirks.

January was the month I found out my daughter CJ was to be arrive in September later in the year.

A little later on I had spent a lot of time reading and researching the current state, future prospects and how I can do my bit towards preventing the current march of man made global warming. This led me to becoming vegan, and joining the Green Political party of the UK. You can see more about this on my about me page.

What about technology? I got my PS3, and it kind of revolutionized my living room as a media center. I continued my linux march forward with a switch from PCLinuxOS to Kubuntu. I only now use M$ products / software on my old laptop, and that’s mainly for itunes. I built my new Desktop, a Core 2 Duo 4gig monster, and purchased the amazing little Asus EEE.

Towards the end of the year I began reading some books on Buddhism. After some extensive research I decided to pursue this ideology as something of a person philosophy, and as I continue my studies, this is one aspect of my life that I really want to improve and learn more about in 2008. I already have feelers out for a possible teacher. You can find info about this in my Buddhism is a Philosophy page

The two most important events of my 2007 were the birth of my daughter CJ and the death of my Gran. CJ came into the world on the 23rd of September and I can honestly say this was the happiest day of my life. She has changed my life in so many amazing ways and given me so much in her short time here. She is the light of my life. On the other side of this coin, my Gran passed on the 29th December. She will be missed so very much. Things will never be the same again.

I opened my ebay store. Added numerous books to my collection. Started my film review site, Chewed Celluloid. Celebrated the first birthday of my blog. Saw my Dad for Christmas for the first time in three years. Did the compulsory change about of my blog, including the move to this domain name. Started my Ecology diploma. Had the usual ups and downs in my personal life and health. Watched the amazing Six Feet Under and Dexter. Watched the world and our race come closer to implosion. But in the end, I have to say that the year just gone was revolutionary in lots of ways. There are plenty of things I missed out here, but the important things must be those that sprang to mind.
Bring on the variety of last year, this year, the sweet and sour, rough and smooth.

Hello 2008.