I feel drained—most days I believe—because of the way I think that I have not fully become my dreamt-of-future self. My dreamt-of-future self is caring, loyal, friendly, and funny. In other words, my parents and my teachers raised me in a way where disrespecting anyone is beyond inappropriate. The way I have acted towards others today hol…[Read more]
I really like your post because it relates to my post about the word “nothing.” I agree with you that the word ineffable contradicts itself just like the word nothing. I enjoy finding new words to love, especially words that are clever and words that I have come to understand well. Ineffable will definitely be another one on my list. I…[Read more]
The art and ongoing achievement of language is probably the most beneficial aspect integrated into society. Communication with language is the cornerstone for progress as well. Even animals in our modern world
The first thing that came to mind as I read this was a quote by Albus Dumbledore: “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” I love the concept of language and writing as well. I find it mind-boggling that we can just stare at symbols and they translate in our minds into these grand ideas and stories. It’s truly one of the most incredible things we have done as humans. I additionally love how you’ve taken something so simple and delved deeper into it, finding complexity in a frequently overlooked concept. I think it takes a very sharp and curious mind to identify the wonder in a simple thing such as language and take it to another level.
I too believe that trust is a concept that must be approached with sincere thought. Trust, in my opinion, is a key aspect for the development of ideas and processes which are addressed by others in a way to make productive use of those ideas. Unfortunately, there are some individuals that are brought up, or experience mistrusting behavior…[Read more]
I read the research attached to your post. I have my own theory that may support or alter your view of happiness and unhappiness that the brain seems so inevitably drawn too. When I read your supporting research, I got the impression that the brain wants to feel unhappiness, not for the sake of just having unhappy feelings, but so that the…[Read more]
We might consider the term nothing as something without anything, absolute absence of anything. Well, this is hard to comprehend. For millennia, the concept of nothing, especially in religion, was something that
Wow! This was very mind bending but very intriguing! While reading I tried to define “nothing” in my own terms and found just how hard it is to not use the word “something” or another word along those lines. How did you come up with a question this abstract and complex? I also liked how you tied religion into it and how so many people can believe in “nothing” because they have never seen it.
This is an extremely deep and well thought out post, Thomas. I often think about the concept of nothing as well, mostly when I think about death. If there truly is no heaven or hell, no afterlife to look toward, and we simply cease to exist when we take our final breath, will nothingness feel like anything or will we have no feelings or consciousness to experience nothingness with? I highly recommend that you take a look at this article by independent UK (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/this-is-what-its-like-to-be-dead-according-to-a-guy-who-died-for-a-bit-10068959.html), which is a person who died for several minutes before being brought back by medicine and who felt what it truly is to feel nothing. I will look forward to your next post.
Your writing is beautiful and fluent. I have a quote that relates to the pain you felt in which you gained beauty. One of my favorite philosophers named Aeschylus once said, “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of G…[Read more]
I think that your interest for this research is important. I think that you can go a long way in describing abuse from different standpoints whether it may be from the man or from the woman. I also would love to see some research done on verbal abuse among family or couples. I feel that verbal abuse does not get mentioned as much as many…[Read more]
I found your post very interesting and one that is a n important issue to discuss. A question that I would like to bring up and may be influential in your research is, “What kinds of programs do we have to offer to rehabilitate most inmates especially those of younger ages? And how can we make these programs as affective as we can?” I agree…[Read more]
I found your post interesting in the way that it describes the assent of power that North Korea has accumulated. I often wonder to what extent does their power want to reach? I also wonder to which extent does North Korea plan to protect itself. I would say that North Korea’s goal is to do harm to the United States of America. Unfortunately…[Read more]
Your post is very formative with regards to the growing concern for local and small businesses. This interest is an important research topic to pursue. Something that would help a lot or hopefully would help is the understanding of how big businesses grow and become powerful. The historic advent of innovation with technology led…[Read more]
I think that your post is very clever. When you talk about the fear that our “…fellow humans see us as nothing more than meat on bone…” is utterly terrifying. I really found your connection to zombies with the collapse of humanity as something relatable especially when there are debates that people—especially younger g…[Read more]
Do I have a destiny? Personally, I believe that I can shape my own destiny, but this question leaks into the two arguments that propose if we, as humans, have free will or not. This question asks if our lives
I found your post very interesting. I think you would enjoy the article (link below) about how destiny is determined by your decisions. I agreed with your statement that “choosing the path of determinism leaves no room for many of the cultural and advanced philosophical values that we hold close today.” People have formed many important things and ideas that shape the world we live in. I have also thought that “it best to control as much as we can, to form our own destiny.” I believe that people should work for what they want in life. I look forward to reading your next post.
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