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Meditation by Phoebe Goodforth - Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:45:31 EST ID:/XQxUE3u No.204775 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hey guys I'm just starting to learn how to meditate. So far I can go up to 3 minutes and after that I can't focus any longer. But, I'd say I'm starting off good.

How many of you here meditate on a daily basis? In what way does it help you? What is your favorite type of meditation?

I'm learning sleep meditation and zen. I want to broaden my horizons and love myself again. With this meditation I hope to achieve a higher level of being and be able to like myself and have a positive outlook on life.
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George Fuckingdale - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:46:26 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207789 Ignore Report Quick Reply
After a year or two of honestly trying to keep up with it, go back and read what you wrote. You'd be amazed at how many things spark your memory and get your ideas jogging again. You'll be amazed at how many things you've forgotten about.

Hope it helps with the meditation, man.
Reuben Mocklewill - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:18:22 EST ID:3c2Sor75 No.207791 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've been meditating for a little over a year now. But, I know theirs more progress to be made. Going to start writing in my journal and stay with it.
Wesley Clurringkat - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:16:39 EST ID:4+oWREai No.207792 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you want to learn how to meditate and you dont want the philosophical baggage that comes with it, I recommend learning how to meditate from Sam Harris. It's very basic and has no mantras to chant or dogmas to holdfast. The rules are very lax so anyone can learn and do well at it. Like anything else, it takes practice.
Nell Windlegold - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:34:38 EST ID:d4DXKOh3 No.207793 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>Sam Harris

I haven't delved in his work on meditation, but I know that Sam Harris knows his shit. Thumbs up for your post mate.
Ian Husslewill - Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:45:38 EST ID:/XQxUE3u No.207796 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i'll look into his readings. i wouldn't mind all the philosophy though. thats just something else that can broaden my horizons and make me grow as a person.

What do you think of a real life vigilante? by Polly Bundock - Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:50:01 EST ID:MTaj+oHu No.207586 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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First of all this vigilante would have 100% evidence proving the person he killed was a horrible person. Like pimps taking advantage of children, gang members who's destroying youth and robberies, large drug dealers(not weed), rapists, serious frauds who ruined lives...

Basically anyone with lack of respect for life.

This vigilante would not be one of those "I believe this guy is guilty so I'm going to kill him" vigilantes, but one that abides by facts and evidence. Or let's say there's 100% evidence of a murder or rape but ended up walking free and plans on killing/raping again?

Now don't get me wrong I'm against murder, but sometimes there must be an exception.

Would vigilante justice be justified?

Share your thoughts.
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The Fool !oj3475yHBQ - Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:47:51 EST ID:q3sMRx7h No.207742 Ignore Report Quick Reply
OP if the terms you set are actually met, then I support the vigilante.
Hannah Bommlewire - Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:20:05 EST ID:UR1te4jq No.207749 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Yes if a magic person exists who can only do good things and make good things happen that's better than the social construct that is laws.

Realistically the crime that effects the most people and goes under investigated and under punished is white collar. The world needs less a batman who stops bank robbers, and more a superman who drops billionaires out their office windows.
George Fuckingdale - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:52:10 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207790 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Ah yes, nothing like that 'Fuck da rich' mentality.

Realistically, crime effects poor people the most, and poor people are the biggest source of crime. Through lack of options, not a total lack of option but from a general lack of options, they opt for crime because it's easier than working things out the hard way. What we need is significantly more policing in certain areas. If we had double or even triple the police in our major cities, our country would be significantly, significantly safer all through-out and our crime rates would plummet.

That being said, we do need to penalize certain white-collar people.
Occupy Wallstreet was a brilliant idea. And then it became filled with Social Justice Warrior faggots and became about Communism and had almost nothing to do with making bankers pay for wrecking the housing market via subprime mortgages galore.

But that's the problem with the USA. Try to accomplish anything significant and you get a bandwagon full of Social Justice Warrior faggots who ruin the movement. They ruined Occupy. They ruined BLM. They ruined Feminism. They've ruined the Democrats as a whole.

The swamp needs to be drained (of SJWs). Activist movements need to stop prioritizing quantity and start prioritizing quality. Look at the HIV movement; a handful of extremely educated men changed the entire country and the laws surrounding HIV medicine through hard-work, dedication, and the court system. Sadly nothing like that happens in this day and age. Activists don't fight using their brains, they fight using their misguided willpower. They're truly barbarians.
Edward Dromblebanks - Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:44:40 EST ID:jYcEvk8u No.207794 Ignore Report Quick Reply

>they opt for crime because it's easier than working things out the hard way.

Or because they don't have any real options at all

Let's not pretend everything is just fine and dandy and the only reason things don't work is because of the choices of the people who don't have any power in the situation and are immersed in circumstances beyond their control
Hedda Passlebodge - Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:40:25 EST ID:o81bH6Em No.207795 Ignore Report Quick Reply
They might not have any 'real' options but people always have some options. They just seem too little for too much. Eventually little things add up and make way for something real. There's nothing to pretend that things are all fine and cool but whining about it is probably the shittiest, the least productive thing one can do. I've sold shit, I've beaten people, I've got beaten, I've stole things and been emptied but something I can't remember doing is whining about it and bring excuses. Just because some people have it good doesn't mean you should draw parallels. It doesn't mean the universe, the planet or the government or whoever the fuck else other than you owes you anything. I think that's a good starting point mentally to become productive and do something.

We have to talk about louie ck by Beatrice Cloffingman - Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:52:00 EST ID:ZQywfuGk No.207508 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Now louie is alright but there is something that he said which got me thinking like a dog stuck in the dog door. You see that guy was on a interview and he comes up with this way of looking where "a little white girl doesn't get to complain". He continues on about how when his kid was sick and he got her flavored medicine which she didn't want. "what do you mean no? People are starving to death and you say no!? You don't get to!"

And it hit me, okay she is not starving and that's better than the alternative but in a way, she resembles what society has sacrificed inorder to not starve. That little girl sick but she still thinking about petty shit like the flavor of her medicine, she forever in this headspace where things like that matter. The sacrifice is a clear mind replaced by that of something like a consumer.
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Graham Baddlebury - Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:35:02 EST ID:d4DXKOh3 No.207757 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>You're a bit emotional for /pss/, but then again pretty much everyone here who's not me is too emotional.

Reread your post, and you'll figure out the joke yourself mate.
Cyril Wallerworth - Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:23:58 EST ID:Ya59RsKY No.207758 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Everyone who comes to this board are emotional children who like to get their jollies from trying to sound smarter than other people they don't know on the internet. And there are like five of us, and we're all garbage people. Don't try to deny it.
Ernest Pablingway - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:50:09 EST ID:YONArVoZ No.207759 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This, I just came here by accident and you're all the worst.
Fucking Brocklewick - Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:57:11 EST ID:5T+lpeRC No.207760 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>lol I'm smarter than you
>but I"m not stuck up look at this ironic blingee anime gif I'm chill
Cedric Drebberwan - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:42:25 EST ID:YXMsMuFM No.207777 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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On The Nature of Evil by The Fool !oj3475yHBQ - Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:19:24 EST ID:drDI4Zd2 No.207739 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Evil is something that is misunderstood, because it is something that does not see itself. Evil does not see itself because of the nature of ego… Let us say that there is a man, who passes a homeless person on the street, whom he gives money to. The nature of ego is such that the man does not give the homeless man money because he believes what he is doing is morally righteous, but because he has become addicted to the pleasure received from the concept of doing good.

This phenomenon is both what the ego is, and a state of psychosis which when fully manifested results in a psychopathic personality. It is a feed-back loop of emotion and want which is self-perpetuating. At the route of this phenomenon is the repression of an emotional state so great, that it becomes the defining memory of the individuals’ personality. Usually this state of Psychosis is triggered by the most extreme acts: rape, murder, and torture. Because these acts become what the host ego identifies with, the identifying ego naturally seeks to perpetuate itself through a repetition and justification of these acts. As such a bruised ego comes from an opinion of a thing that contradicts the validity of this reality. This is why if you judge a murderer you will likely be murdered, not because you deserve it, but because the ego of the murderer cannot stand to face what it sees as a contradiction to it’s being. Thus the bad always blames the good for its own nature, and so the good becomes a receptacle of sin for others.

Because society represses what is seen as immoral, and it is these immoral acts that define the personality of psychotics, the psychopath cannot truly be who they are in regular society, and therefore must seek out the experiences which they believe define them.

But this leaves the question to be answered as how to and why a person would identify him/herself with things that are considered emotionally negative in the first place. The answer to this is simple, that psychosis is a defense mechanism, which reverses a negative situation into a positive one so that the individual does not go insane. A murderer gains pleasure from a murder in order to protect ones sanity, a rapist identifies himself with rape and so rapes, a rape victim snaps and enjoys the experience so she does not loose her mind, a torture victim becomes masochistic, while the torturer becomes sadistic.

As a result of this process one observes that the psychotic personality consists of multiple levels of ego that exist in denial of each other, but are used by the emotional feedback loop of seeking an identity, to justify the foundational experience of the psychosis. Because the layers of ego that are not of the foundational reality contradict said reality, they cannot exists along side it, and so the psychotic can truly deny their foundation, and believe that they deny it, yet do everything they can to reenact the foundational experience.

In other words, the psychotic is stuck in a loop of self-justification used to perpetuate something so negative it has become a positive and foundational aspect of the hosts’ psychology.

To all those who do not suffer yet do, I am real. Your medicine is on its way. The self-justification you have been seeking is at hand, for I will never give up until we understand each other, when you are no longer judged, and the cycle of violence will end. I forgive you.

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The Fool !oj3475yHBQ - Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:20:45 EST ID:drDI4Zd2 No.207740 Ignore Report Quick Reply
For now let us examine the phenomenon called, “The Fall”. The Fall is what occurs to the ego when it undergoes psychosis. It has been described to me as a sort of, whoosh, or cooling down in which the ego moves from the emotional mind to the instinctual. The difference between the two is like the difference between a white hole and a black. A white hole is a singularity that releases energy into space, whereas a black hole pulls everything towards it. The ego in a white state releases emotions, and experiences the emotional turbulence released from it. The ego in a black state absorbs all emotion, is concerned not with the emotions of things, but by the biological pleasure produced by interaction. Thus the white ego is immaterial, emotional, and mental, whereas the black ego is materialistic, pleasure-seeking, and physical.

Psychologically speaking it is important to note that both white and black egos do not necessitate moral inclinations, but are merely indicative of a particular mental reality. Would one blame someone who acquired a black ego through rape and torture a bad person? Certainly not, for thus far as I have observed it is precisely this assigning of moral inequity which helps generate psychotic repression in the first place.

The trigger for psychosis appears to not only be moralistic reminders, but also positive emotion. I theorize that this is because of the natural polarity of the psychotic states in reversing negative emotional environments through denial. When a psychotic individual is faced with someone of a genuinely positive mind-set, the positive emotion is a reminder to the black ego that he/she is in denial concerning what was previously a negative.

To put in more logical terms, human beings naturally view what is pleasurable as morally acceptable, whereas what is displeasurable is viewed as morally reprehensible. Now if you were thinking this is much too simple a dynamic you’d be right, for the human being is inherently a bi-polar animal in the sense that what is considered pleasurable is not just dictated by biology, but also by ego. For example, a human being will most generally go through life thinking that the concept of murder is inherently evil and theref…
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Priscilla Claydock - Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:22:51 EST ID:Ya59RsKY No.207743 Ignore Report Quick Reply
As always an interesting if bloated read, Fool. A thing worth considering is that what constitutes psychosis isn't ontologically primitive. As you have identified, the morality of a culture is arbitrary. If we were a violent culture that glorified murder, 'psychotics' would be people who abhorred violence and could not control those feelings to the point that they acted out in a way that disrupted society.

The basic point being that psychosis can result whenever the ego is repressed in a way that pushes it beyond its coping point, and that egos will always vary with the values of the normative culture in one direction or another by some amount. So indeed every culture includes certain contradictions, but what is at issue in psychosis is that, while most people are able to cognitively manage the contradictions in their society, for some people the tension is so great that they have a fundamental break in their perception of reality and thereafter are no longer able to manage the difference between their internal state and the social consensus. And thus begin to act out.

So the psychotic cycle is not produced directly by the contradictions of culture, as you claim. That cultures have contradictions is inevitable, and the great mass working through those contradictions in small ways is what actually causes cultural evolution. But when a biological difference that causes one to either have reduced capacity to modulate stress, a reduced capacity to perceive the difference between the world of your imaginings and the external world, or biological drive that is greatly enhanced over the norm that results in a desire contrary to culture, or all these things together, then the person in question is no longer able to manage the contradiction in a constructive way and instead disconnects and begins to respond in a maladaptive and potentially destructive way. At the very least in that if their behavior becomes extreme enough society will try to force them into compliance.

I think it's dangerous to ascribe too much ontological validity to the cycle of validating psychotic reasoning. The best course of action for people who have extreme drives is to sublimate that energy to construc…
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The Fool !oj3475yHBQ - Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:44:32 EST ID:q3sMRx7h No.207744 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That was a fantastic response.
Hedda Buzzfuck - Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:20:27 EST ID:Ya59RsKY No.207745 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Thnx m8.
Nicholas Pockdale - Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:18:35 EST ID:7xOxbFjC No.207746 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Lord of the flies

Philosophical anime by Simon Blackshaw - Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:44:49 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.205314 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Anybody got any philosophically deep anime recommendations?
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Lydia Fonkindale - Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:27:43 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207723 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Like, let me sum up Dragon Ball.
"You're evil! I'm good! You're alone! I have friends! You want power! I want peace! I win because I'm more ethical than you!"

Now let me sum up Samurai Executioner.
"You're a criminal. I want to know why you are a criminal. I sympathize with you (or I don't) but regardless, my duty is to kill you so that you may make peace with the Buddha and to uphold the system of justice. I do this not because I want to but because no matter what, someone will do this, I am just the best and most morally upstanding person for the job, so I begrudgingly accept it. That being said, my deep dark secret that I tell no one is that I actually love watching people die, I think it's the most beautiful thing in the world, but I absolutely abhor killing."

That's a philosophical manga for you.
Lydia Fonkindale - Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:33:41 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207724 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Like every single chapter is a seemingly-360-degree analysis of criminal psychology and the philosophy behind justice and doing what's right and what that truly is. Where as you take a manga like Dragon Ball and every chapter is just people spewing out funny words like Kame Hame Ha! and Wolf Fang Fist! and Spirit Bomb! And NOOOOOO!.

The truth is, that's the difference between mature and immature anime/manga/anything for you. The mature stuff is deep. It's complex. Kids can't understand subjects this complex; only experienced adults can. And these are philosophical subjects that we face in our every-day life, in reality. Stuff like Dragon Ball is made for kids. Its philosophy is on a level a child would think at. It has slow and constant messages that kids can easily identify through episodes and episodes of seeing characters act extremely predictably. They can't predict it because they're kids, but that predictability is learned in those formative years. Like, these childish shows are good for children to learn from, it easily captures their minds, but give them something like Samurai Executioner and they'll just say, 'This is boring. Nothing's happening except talking. What do half of these words even mean? Why is this significant?' because they're young and immature and unworldly. But spend 30 minutes with Samurai Executioner and you'll walk away with loads of things to think about while you spend 30 minutes with Dragon Ball and you'll just probably be bored and brain-dead.
Ian Willerridge - Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:37:28 EST ID:Ya59RsKY No.207728 Ignore Report Quick Reply
You can see the world in a grain of sand. An adult, even one knowledgeable on philosophy, could watch a philosophically dense anime and still get nothing out of it, or find the philosophy it articulates to be facile. At the same time they could interpret a more childish show that isn't explicitly philosophical through a philosophical lens that produces a result that's much more complex and nuanced than what they began with or what they could've gotten from the other show.

The purpose of the show is to be watched and enjoyed. Anyone who is going to get something philosophical out of a show it going to do so because they are bringing a desire and a philosophical analytical capacity to the table in the first place. In a very meaningful sense, the philosophy they draw out of the show is something that exists within them, and the particulars of the show, whether they are able to be interpreted philosophically explicitly or only implicitly are mostly only mental touchstones to get that internal philosophy to emerge.

Take, for example, Star Wars. In itself, it's relatively philosophically primitive. It's basically no more complex than
>>"You're evil! I'm good! You're alone! I have friends! You want power! I want peace! I win because I'm more ethical than you!"
And yet people have read into it and between it's lines all kinds of grandiose philosophical musings. And Star Wars is made for kids. So my basic point is that all philosophies about entertainment media are created by the people who are experiencing them regardless of how explicit their actual philosophical content is, and so you shouldn't dismiss the philosophy that emerges from a property based on whatever baked in explicit attitude it has or what its target demographic is.
Augustus Sarrynuck - Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:46:50 EST ID:hvs4h/ox No.207730 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That's one way to see it, another way to see it is that Goku relates to people through struggle.

Yes that's a very broad metaphor. But it's very specifically highlighted by patterns of loss that articulate a broader story, that Dragonball not citing a philosophy but making one.

You can think about it as the exact opposite of candide. Goku's naiviety is not proven wrong, but rather transforms itself along and others along the way. While in turn others transform it.

You can think of it as directly related to journey to the west and hanuman and rama's myth. I can't comment on it specifically but Monkey represents the mind ape and the mountain he is in represents his heart or his home, while his journey or the monk in this case bulma represents compassion or his heart in the world.

It's like everything the mind has gone through. The metaphor in battle of the gods was essentially. Goku is not the opposite of the "monsters" he faces. Similar to Journey to the west, he is also the other. That's why he talks to them uniquely. They usually end up joining the calvacade or journey. That there is something to do while we are here that isn't self destructive.

Even when Goku fights Buu, he recognizes that. When Uub comes back that represents that full circle journey. In a sense Goku's the point in spirtuality that accomplishes in regardless of what is written in stone.

He is intensely focused on Vegeta and Uub out of love. In a deep sense he is trying to convince them of that.
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Charlotte Serrybire - Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:07:37 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207732 Ignore Report Quick Reply
> An adult, even one knowledgeable on philosophy, could watch a philosophically dense anime and still get nothing out of it
Sure, but that's not likely to happen.

>At the same time they could interpret a more childish show that isn't explicitly philosophical through a philosophical lens that produces a result that's much more complex and nuanced than what they began with or what they could've gotten from the other show.
I suppose so, but it's not terribly philosophical the way shonen anime clearly adheres to a singular thread of philosophy through the course of hundreds of episodes.

I mean you're talking idealisms and not realisms here. You're not wrong, but still, immature anime is extremely one-sided in terms of philosophy, and is actually pretty extremely dogmatic and all the characters and the plot just follow along this dogma.

Like, here's a real-world example. Immature anime is like talking about communism and only ever mentioning the idealistic and good qualities of communism, where as a mature anime is like talking about communism and not only talking about its merits but also it's flaws and its real-world historic application. Be as idealistic about learning as you want, one piece of content is filled with information while the other is filled with a singular strand of thought stretched out 100 episodes.

>In a very meaningful sense, the philosophy they draw out of the show is something that exists within them.
Idk man, that's like saying that philosophy drawn out of a philosophy book is something that exists within the reader. I'd argue that it's new to them and it's being handed/shown to them. Same goes for philosophical anime.

>Star Wars
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Stimulant psychosis by Thomas Buzzville - Thu, 02 Feb 2017 02:46:38 EST ID:PNxBjttw No.207672 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Realization of the Individual

An Informal and Incomplete Attempt at Documenting Ramblings of Stimulant Psychosis, as a Less Fucked-Up Freud Would Attempt With Only Anecdotal Evidence and Subjective Observations

Extinguishing Sex in
Delapidated Gender Politics and

A letter to an old and new friend,

Would it be personally irksome to suggest that by rekindling a frienship with the "you" that always existed in my mind, represented through your thoughts and actions, and now modified, complemented, and made whole, in all practical pretenses of recognition, a gendered-persona in my mind, lets me realize the ultimate muteness and insignificance of how I (and certainly others) change behavioral patterns (voluntarily or involuntarily, passively or actively) when attempting to communicate with the opposite gender, as if that particular gendered individual is inherently predisposed to respond a different way, and additionally the idea of the value of posturing oneself through vanity or display of ostensibly desirable attributes; leading to the realization that it is a fools game to live vicariously through an edited version of yourself (unless of course you desire a beneficial outcome for yourself, in some form of perverse psychological-token reward manufactured by yourself for your actualization and relization of your true self being, as a result of biological urges programmed by the primordial hind-mind, nothing more than a biological machine, (with gluttonous desire to consume everything and base ability to interact in a perverse incentivized-token society of dark portents and dubious destination), whose soul purpose is to pursue the evolutional pipe-dream of maximal distribution of your genes as an ego-driven mandate of your existence.) So I posit the question to myself and everone: Why let your ability of limitless self-expression succumb to the whimsy of the biological urge to procreate?

The idea of the "transgender" individual is uncomfortable for a large portion of humanity, across sexual orientations even, and this uncomfortability is due to an unwillingness of the ordinary individual to confront their own firstly amorphous and effectively raw Identity as they can illustrate outwardly for others or inward for themselves in any honest confidence without fibbing and cutting corners in important internal dialogues. Even individuals with singular missions through career or personal obligation of manifesting an idea in physical reality through some non-monetary motivation, struggle with the perception of themselves after completion, as their own understanding of their identity even during their 'mission' was not guided by some inherent imperative intrinsic in identity, but rather by a belief maintained by the constructs, irrespective of any moral grounding, that restricted the ability to self-actualize through a mode of self-expression which did not include the creation of art (this working definition of art being the representation of an idea, one's own or collectively amalgamized with others', through a medium unsullied by the self's neccesity to maintain a contrived character in order to survive.

I only preface this realization of mine with the fear of its possible irksomeness to you because its framing implicitly recognizes your transition, which is effectively a masked question of your actual existence, as it questions every others'... However, this only means that you have largely come to terms with the time, space, and reality you inhabit, and from my point of view, have gone further in the never-ending journey in self-actualization toward the ideal of Nietzsche's Ubermensch (as i interpret)
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Martha, OP - Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:53:42 EST ID:PNxBjttw No.207683 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Additionally, do you think that [the] prose can have a place in the presentation of the raw idea for discussion?

Would you say there is validity in the notion of the ordinary individual feeling uncomfortable with the transgender phenomena due to some cognitive dissonance, the dissonant truths being the public persona and the internal self? And the behavioral reaction being avoidance, prejudice, and possible violence? Or on the flip side, a total and complete acceptance of the transgender phenomenon through the self-actualization of identity unbound by any gender, but wielding gender as a tool for self-expression. (and this is by no means implying it is a "choice" in self-actualization of gender, on the contrary, it is a deeply held conviction of one's Identity, an imperative to be expressed much like a gene.

Oliver Harringpore - Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:44:36 EST ID:hKRevDFH No.207685 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I think you have conflicting ideas here, if my interpretation is correct.

You make the claim that people attach too much to their biological gender, and that discarding our biological urges is our path to the true self.

And then you place emphasis on transgendered individuals who place almost all of their attachment to their idea of what their biological gender should be. It seems out of place.

So is sexual identity important or not?

Or are you calling sexual identity one means of self actualization where the expression of the individuals 'art,' where art is any external expression of the self, is another means of self actualization?
Op - Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:16:30 EST ID:PNxBjttw No.207686 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Not saying that individuals attach too much to their biological gender, or thattransgendered individuals place too much value in ehat their biological gender should be, but that the aforementioned is not a part of true identity, but its appendage, "persona"

My idea of identity is neutered. What is presented for external observation is persona, which is what is sexualized.
Op - Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:25:23 EST ID:PNxBjttw No.207687 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Sexual orientation and Gender is a mechanism of self-expression for the true identity, through the apparatus of persona. It does not neccesarily imply the identity to be one thing or another inherently, but that the persona is neccessitated to engage and immerse itself in the terms of gender and sexuality.
Matilda Doshman - Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:49:04 EST ID:AY3IYDOV No.207688 Ignore Report Quick Reply
"I wont say that I'm proud of you because I feel what follows the emotion of pride is the ideation of some degree of my participation in your 'good' or 'achievement', which further implicates an idea of ownership of some portion of your being,"

I really like that. Pretty sound logic to me through and through, but let me double check i'm getting your message.

You write, "the idea of the value of posturing oneself through vanity or display of ostensibly desirable attributes; leading to the realization that it is a fools game to live vicariously through an edited version of yourself (unless of course you desire a beneficial outcome for yourself, in some form of perverse psychological-token reward manufactured by yourself for your actualization and relization of your true self being, as a result of biological urges programmed by the primordial hind-mind, nothing more than a biological machine, (with gluttonous desire to consume everything and base ability to interact in a perverse incentivized-token society of dark portents and dubious destination), whose soul purpose is to pursue the evolutional pipe-dream of maximal distribution of your genes as an ego-driven mandate of your existence.) So I posit the question to myself and everone: Why let your ability of limitless self-expression succumb to the whimsy of the biological urge to procreate?"

You mean to say that because of our animal origins, the egoic/lesser mind creates a "normal" or "likeable" facade to attract mates while also adorning qualities that further ensure survival based off environment, and upon discovering their facade,the person realizes their true self, which i gathered from your loose definition to be some amorphous creative force, thereby rendering the awakened individuals identity as both limitless and illusory.

Pretty sure that's what you meant. Either way good read, I really enjoy hifalutin prose. Your style really does reflect the honeymoon phase of amphetamines for me..definitely seemed stimmmmmed

Callout Culture by Basil Crindersun - Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:44:07 EST ID:oDJItcGo No.207590 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Have y'all ever had the pleasure of being called out? I know the supposed purpose is this is to warn others about "dangerous" people but in practice I don't think I've ever seen it used like that. It's all nothing more than insecure people trying to outshame each other, usually hypocritically. Most fandom drama I've seen is played out exactly like that.

I'd put it on kids being immature, but grown adults do this sort of thing all the time. I think part of it is because people are jealous of other people's talents, so they target creators whose abilities they covert and hide behind the excuse of them drawing porn of children's cartoons of something.

I just wonder what motivates people to get so angry at cartoon drawings they have to attempt to destroy a person's life.
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George Dummledale - Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:42:12 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207653 Ignore Report Quick Reply
So true and wise.

They reject the police because they're being lied to. They think the police are some sort of gang, like in Mexico. They say things like, 'You'll think differently when the police shoot your son!'
Americans are wrapped in paranoia, especially surrounding the police. Literally every encounter I've had with the police, while breaking a law or not, have been very cool and chill, and the police clearly just cared about making sure everything was safe. Except for this one time a cop tried to fight me when I was 17 and bike riding in the Jersey Shore. I'm sad I didn't call the police to file an official complaint about that 20-something steroided-up little fucker.
Cedric Dommlestone - Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:01:11 EST ID:58c+uNGL No.207658 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I don't mean to challenge you sir. Because I am absolutely fascinated by what you've said. Could you name any of these "radical circles" by name or are you just generally associating that with the anti-authoritarian left?
Molly Subberfield - Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:55:39 EST ID:Am93n9Du No.207668 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Please, challenge all you like. Yeah I was speaking in general regarding the anti-authoritarian left. Sometimes drama would bubble-up on the internet. Though no specific examples come to mind.
Rebecca Bozzleway - Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:14:04 EST ID:YONArVoZ No.207684 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Now I remember why I don't come here, /pss/ is the most autismal board on the site.

Frederick Brurringdetch - Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:57:49 EST ID:p7ZQMKx+ No.207735 Ignore Report Quick Reply

There's absolutely no central ethos driving modern thought and this is a good thing by Edwin Hickleket - Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:57:41 EST ID:/8HhZCXH No.207641 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Every time it's a slow news day for some posh culture zine I see articles crop up about what makes this generation tick. They say we're too detached and ironic one day and then the next they say we're big on sincerity. We either care too much or too little about the world, relationships, religion, everything. They go on and on about what philosophies dominate our youth culture but what they say we think is constantly changing and never really gets it right. There aren't any movements in our culture that take hold of the vast majority of young adults anymore. There aren't any cultural idols or iconoclasts. There are very very famous people but for everyone who worships the ground these celebrities walk on there are as many who would spit in their faces. The Internet and in general the free access to information and quality of our schooling has brought up a generation where almost no one agrees on anything. Everyone has their own ideas about everything because they don't have to get their belief system from either their parents and teachers or counter-cultural movements. People can go online right now and read thousands of pages from the great works of every philosopher who has ever lived and been recorded. They don't have to suffer through learning by a lesson plan that directs their thought by only including the "right" things. And they don't have one single alternative to what's considered the "culture" of the "majority" at the second. Sure, most people don't care about any of this stuff and they just want to eat, sleep, fuck, feel valued and have fun but that's how it's always been. Only recently has the lack of any philosophical guidance brought this to light. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this way of thinking either. It doesn't make them dumb or immoral it just means they don't have any interest in ideology. If 99% of people in the world were like this it would still be better than when people followed a belief system insincerely because that's what they were supposed to or because they wanted to rebel. I think maybe someday this will change, I don't know how it could but it might, maybe by force of som…
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Hedda Crommlebury - Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:48:00 EST ID:BKJX7E+7 No.207646 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I tried to read your post mate, but it's a wall of text in the fullest extent of the word.

Please use spaces between chunks of texts next time ok?
Eugene Dartbanks - Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:42:57 EST ID:wbhmCm0d No.207648 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The past wasn't homogeneous either, we just tend to pigeonhole things more when they're further from us.

The Decline of The West by Edward Ducklecocke - Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:21:07 EST ID:fk7xMmwU No.207331 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I'm in the process of reading pic related and I've been interested in the idea that the West is in terminal decline and will soon collapse for a while now and I'm fairly convinced that The West is basically done. What do you guys think?
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Lillian Chaggledure - Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:09:05 EST ID:d4DXKOh3 No.207445 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>And that is living like those at the top of society.

And that's a problem too.

See my post here.
Any major loss of genetic info from the human genepool could have far reaching effects on mankind in the future, especially if for some reason we stop researching (human) genetic engineering.

You can imagine a future, where mankind survives with a mad gamble of keeping only the "elite" alive with technology, only to have them slowly go extinct over a couple thousand years of horrible diseases killing off the left overs due to an genetically eroded human genome.
John Naffingbury - Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:25:55 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207448 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Or, you know, in a thousand years things like disease won't exist because humans will have finally/completely converted themselves into machines and our current genetics won't mean anything significant.

It won't be the elites staying alive through technology. In case you didn't know, everything the elites have trickles down to the common man in a matter of a decade or two, aside from their mansions and jets. One decade we'll have all the elite becoming partially cybernetic, then the next decade or two everyone in the First World will be becoming partially cybernetic, and then like 100 years after that humanity will have very few reasons to stay human at all.
Augustus Seblingpodging - Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:36:21 EST ID:yeARW8t0 No.207588 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Tvrkroach mad he cant ever be trubyzantine detected.
the flicker !FwnV7hV52I - Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:52:56 EST ID:vano1wpA No.207593 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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ITT delirious technocrats delude themselves into believing nanobots will save us.
Fuck Sungerkire - Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:40:28 EST ID:58c+uNGL No.207635 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Mr. Ducklecocke I'm going to address you directly since the thick of the replies here don't seem to actually address you and they are carrying on at this point.

The short answer is: Decline might not be the "right" word, "receding," in a way, may be better. I don't think it's terminal in the sense that it cannot be fixed. I think it can but it going to require a great deal of "change."

Also- 2 Book recommendations: Why the West Rules; For Now. And World Order by Kissinger.

  1. International Order
In just Foreign Policy terms in general and "Great Power" states in particular it's very obvious to me at least that the United States is going to be a special position to foster partnerships with up-and-coming states. China, India, Brazil*, South Africa, and Korea (IF they unify) are going to be players on the international stage. What the United States must do it seems to me is insists on a rules-based international system that embraces liberal values, ie, free speech, equality and all the values commonly associated with the Unites States current international order. But what is paramount in this is that the United States understand that it isn't going to be able to force up-and-coming states to change what might be deeply entrenched cultural misgivings about democracy at the point of a spear. Partnerships throughout the world where no state or group of states can ever be in a position either morally, economically, or legally can create conflict and lead to larger regional conflagrations. We aren't going to be at the top forever if the United States becomes the country to "remove" from the leadership position versus holding a co-terminus world leadership position as the United States currently does.

2. Macro-Econ
Theres a great deal to unpack here in the way of predictions especially given the recent Euro, British, and American nationalist/isolationist flair that is currently underway. If the history of this sort of policy is any indication it could very well create a vacuum on the world level that won't be able to be returned once lost. More to the point, and in a way related to the above observations, market economics are the best tools available for stability and growth. And that will probably remain the case for a long time to come, a historical irony of China for example has been that they have begun to take the place of the United States as the international standard barer of "free-trade" with the Democratic-Market states, hilarious in a way. "Inequality" aside the issue is the decline of the west and a critique of capitalism. English for example is generally the language of business as it stands now. The Dollar, for better or worse, is still the world reserve currency, although the questions of that have started to arise as well.

All in all and summing up the tl;dr in a different way. Yes the West is in a sort of decline that is highlighted by American reluctance and a new found insecurity. Europe as an entity has become completely deflated and is seemingly unable to work out their internal listlessness.
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Racism by Rebecca Greenwill - Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:52:29 EST ID:RJGzRrNh No.207576 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Posting here because social sciences.

What really determines if someone is racist?
Earlier today i was walking to collect my mail and throw my rubbish in the bin when i passed some black kids a boy and a girl, we smiled and nodded at each other but about half way to the letterbox i felt an unease and immeditly thought that these kids were going to rob me, they didnt, but i cant ignore that thought. Am i racist? would i have thought that if they were white, maybe if they were tatted up white kids who seemed like they had a drug problem.

So what is racism? Was i being a racist?
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Sophie Cuffingridge - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:22:19 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207623 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I totally concur.

That being said, I'm almost positive that when black people say 'all whites are racist' what they actually mean is, 'all white people (in the USA) have an objective advantage over blacks due to how this country has been run the last 300 years, and therefore whites need to rectify this issue before equality can exist.'

That being said, this issue will not be rectified, but one day African Americans will stop caring because they'll be on almost equal footing to whites in terms of money and influence (but not population numbers) and at that point racism will just be such an old, insignificant conversation. Probably.
Henry Chendershit - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:04:53 EST ID:2IPvcf8v No.207624 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I feel like for the most part racism already is an old insignificant thing. I feel as though a lot of what get's counted as racism are perceptions about past hardships, perceived offense. The actual hardcore real racism that exists nowadays is somewhat small in first world countries. At least compared to a century ago.

That's not to say that racism isn't a form of excessive self serving idiocy, it is. The things that happen with it seem smaller and smaller. The worst thing I can see is people still deciding themselves along racial lines. Now come the problem I see with that, is that in and of itself a form of prejudice?

I do feel like some of the sensitivity towards the idea of racism is exaggerated by seeing all these groups as separate. So does that play into the problem of racism itself? Prejudice and racism are both wrong. I think that as time goes on at the very least the world is moving more and more away from these things. I think discrimination, anger, these are the things that would make a person truly racist op.
Martin Cledgeforth - Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:29:13 EST ID:d4DXKOh3 No.207630 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Do you feel unease when a black guy in the library asks you where the toilets are? Do you feel unease when a black guy in a densely stacked record store asks you if he could squeeze past you?

Feeling unease around people walking down the street is normal. The streets are while statistically safe, still a "dangerous open place". There is no real ritualized behavior on the streets like there is in cafe's or public pools, etc.

You feel out in the open.

If some white trash had walked past you, you probably would have felt the same way.
Jarvis Greenforth - Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:42:57 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.207631 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I don't even speak to white trash. I was getting gas in some shady area the other day and there was this middle-aged couple sitting and smoking cigs outside the station. I got in my truck and the man comes up and starts knocking on my window. I literally just look at him, put my truck into Drive, and drive off while he's standing there knocking on my window.

Trashy people are trash. I lived next to a white/mexican ghetto growing up and lived next to the black projects in my young adulthood. It's all the same, just different cultures. There's tons of drugs, tons of wanton violence, people smile at you and act like your friend just so they can rob you or ask you for money and then start demanding it. My best friend growing up (white dude) was found eviscerated with some other dude who'd been killed on a train track in my town. I stopped chilling with that dude when he started ripping people off for dope. I feel bad for his bastard fucking son.

Low-income, low-education areas are just the worst no matter what color. You don't see any of this shit in middle-class and up areas.
Hugh Hablingway - Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:25:10 EST ID:RJGzRrNh No.207696 Ignore Report Quick Reply
OP here.

So this morning a bunch of police raided an apartment below me, turns out those black kids, were squatting in a vacant apartment with a bunch of other black kids, apparently they were part of a Sudanese gang and were robbing people in my neighbourhood constantly.

I know it sounds convenient, but im being totally honest with you, i have never heard anything so scary in my life, and ive heard a meth head cry out and bang and scream because he locked himself out of his house and had to wait an entire day for a locksmith.


I think you're right. setting also helps too, i have no problem talking to people of all races/religions most of the time.

Zoroastrianism by Hannah Haddlestone - Sun, 15 Jan 2017 03:26:24 EST ID:Vz5f1vq5 No.207599 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Yo /pss/,

What do you recommend I read if I want to know more about Zoroastrianism? Specifically orthodox but I'm open to any good material on the subject. My limitedresearch so far keeps telling me that the original holy texts are all written in a language that doesn't really translate well, so unlike other religions I can't just go and read their holy book because I've had trouble understanding which texts are the equivalent of canon. I want to get a deeper understanding than just what's in the wikipedia article, Help a dude out?

Existential dread by Polly Pishbanks - Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:50:50 EST ID:fxoRXnTe No.207530 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hey /pss/, sorry for not being more philosophical, but I would like to get some advice from you all. It'll be hard to present my problem in a way that will yield the best results, so bear with me.
My friend has been struggling with finding a meaning to life. He's very intellectual, so he has done a lot of his own research by way of philosophy, and I'm pretty sure he considers himself an Absurdist. But he's not comfortable with the fact that nothing has meaning. Now I've read some Camus and I do agree that there is some quelling of these anxieties in the fact that at least Nothing is real, but this isn't enough for my friend. I've tried to get him to explain his feelings a bit more but I don't want to act like I'm analyzing him by writing things down as he explains. So again, I apologize if none of this is very clear.

That being said, I'll share some of the things I can recall him saying. He says he's bored with everything, and a lot of things that once gave him joy fail to excite him any longer. Some of these things are simple, such as video games, and he says he dislikes activities like this because they're not beneficial over time. So I ask why he doesn't do something that is beneficial, such as reading a book or learning something new. He does a lot of reading and learning, but again argues that even all this knowledge he acquires has no benefit because it will all die with him. Another thing I noticed when he talks about this is that he often says 'nothing matters on a cosmic level'. I tried saying that everything serves a purpose, using the example I read on here how a table is more than the sum of its parts, it serves a purpose for us to use it to rest things on. He then said that everything is nothing but atoms, and atoms have no purpose and that they simply exist.

I don't know. He finds no purpose in anything. I want to help him find a purpose for at least some things. Science can't really prove that there is a meaning for things, so I'm at a loss for what to tell him.
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the flicker !FwnV7hV52I - Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:25:35 EST ID:vano1wpA No.207546 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It's a consequence of the totalizing effect of secular materialism on people's understanding of the world. Without a God, they conclude there is no locus of causality and morality, and therefore there must be nothing at all; they don't realize that to pose the question (of existential meaning) is already to be defeated.

Let me share something a very smart man once told me. Imagine arranging everything this way:


"Aesthetic" here means what's apparent to the senses, "logical" the system of inductive and deductive reasoning, and "theoretical" the overarching framework of knowledge. Now what he convinced me of is that the only sensible way to understanding is by going from the top down -- you start with the sensory realm, you use that to develop your moral conscience, you use that to develop your system of reasoning, and finally you arrive at your theory of the world. The failing of countless otherwise very intelligent people throughout history is they went they wrong way about it. If you start by elucidating your theory of reality, you will never get to a correct moral understanding. That's why there's a line between the moral and logical. You can't get there from here.

"The meaning of life" is going about it totally backwards. What can be said at all? This (consciousness) appears to be a source of mattering. Now one has an axiological leg to stand on. Have I made my point clearly?
Phoebe Berrypag - Thu, 05 Jan 2017 03:28:33 EST ID:M2a7S9cl No.207547 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Simply to exist and perceive is meaningful? Regardless of our notions about anything, personal or greater insignificance, wonder can be standing on the porch, listening to the rain, smoking, breathing, feeling the wind, gravity, my posture, seeing the city move, and a fat racoon cross the street.

That our ideas are the product of our experiences is generally a Phenomenological concept. I mean of Jean-Paul Sartre's thought, particularly "Being and Nothingness", about alot of things, consciousness in relation to becoming, having a dream or aspiration, which is negated by the possibility of not following through, or other real or imagined selves who have same or similar aspiration and don't follow through, but also reaffirmed by the possibility of actualizing the goal in reality. In between the intention and the action is nothing.

The translator has a far better summation in the introduction, my knowledge is pretty nil here. There's an interesting bit about emotion in the introduction too. Here's a long quote from the first chapter, the Origin of Negation, V the Origin of Nothingness

"I assert that I am my essence in the mode of being of the in-itself. At the same time I always refuse to consider that essence as being historically constituted and as implying my action as a circle implies its properties. I apprehend it, or at least I try to apprehend it as the original beginning of my possible, and I do not admit at all that it has in itself a beginning. I assert then that an act is free when it exactly reflects my essence. However this freedom which would disturb me if it were freedom before myself, I attempt to bring back to the heart of my essence--i.e., of my self. It is a matter of envisaging the self as a little God which inhabits me and which possesses my freedom as a metaphysical virtue. It would be no longer my being which would be free qua being but my Self which would be free in the heart of my consciousness. It is a fiction eminently reassuring since freedom has been driven down into the heart of an opaque being; to the extent that my essence is n…
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However the examination of the question and of the negation has given us all that it can. We have been referred by it to empirical freedom as the nihilation of man in the heart of temporality and as the necessary condition for the transcending apprehension of negatites. It remains to found this empirical freedom. It can not be both the original nihilation and the ground of all nihilation. Actually it contributes to constituting transcendences in immanence which condition all negative transcendences. But the very fact that the transcendences of empirical freedom are constituted in immanence as transcendence shows us that we are dealing with secondary nihilations which suppose the existence of an original nothingness. They are only a stage in the analytical regression which leads us from the examples of transcendence called "negatites" to the being which is its own nothingness. Evidently it is necessary to find the foundation of all negation in a nihilation which is exercised in the very heart of immanence; in absolute immanence, in the pure subjectivity of the instantaneous cogito we must discover the original act by which man is to himself his own nothingness. What must be the nature of consciousness in order that man in consciousness and in terms of consciousness should arise in the world as the being who is his own nothingness and by whom nothingness comes into the world?

We seem to lack here the instrument to permit us to resolve this new problem; negation directly engages only freedom. We must find in freedom itself the conduct which will permit us to push further. Now this conduct, which will lead us to the threshold of immanence and which remains still sufficiently objective so that we can objectively disengage its conditions of possibility--this we have already encountered. Have we not remarked earlier that in bad faith, we are-anguish-in-order-to-flee-anguish within the unity of a single consciousness? If bad faith is to be possible, we should be able within the same consciousness to meet with the unity of being and non-being--the being-in-order-not-to-be. Bad faith is going to be the next object of our investigation. For man to be able to question, he must be ca…
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the flicker !FwnV7hV52I - Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:32:51 EST ID:vano1wpA No.207570 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>All the contents of the average human life is a salad bowl of circumstantial, transitory desires that do more to obliterate one's connection to their will to live than to advance any endeavor they may want to undertake before death.
Gotta be honest, this is a pretty bad sentence homie.
Reuben Wirrystock - Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:49:47 EST ID:Kyyd6tev No.207581 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>one grammatical error
>pretty bad
fo you i fix
>All the contents of the average human life are a salad bowl of circumstantial, transitory desires that do more to wear down their will to live than to advance any endeavor that one may want to undertake in life.

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