I have been focusing on two Stoic virtues lately, wisdom and courage, and their corresponding Stoic vices, foolishness and cowardice. These virtues must be central to our collective focus instead of the fashionable values today, such as diversity, equality, and tolerance, which are all good values in their proper context but can be misused and abused without wisdom.
I really need to sun my balls.
There are two extremes in life: birth and death.
When these are left out of the equation of ‘experience’ and ‘sitting beside it, maturity is as unlikely, as is vision.
Being in presence to, will reset the futurist mind of all its compartments.
Economics removes these two events as it is in love with domesticide, pastiche and illusions, convenience and patriarchal ‘non science’ *nonsense.
An ‘emergency’ is where emergence happens, not of poetry or script, there are no words available in emergence.
We are ‘born’ every day.
The forcing of ‘happy’ is to assume other days were not as such.
Happy born day.
Yeah but have you ever tried Candy Corn Oreos?
I wish you an equanimous day free of cake. Upon consideration, birthday cake seems like such a strange tradition. To unrestrained moderation!
To use a locomotive analogy, if courage is acceleration and wisdom is steering, temperance could be the brakes; where does justice fit?
Or perhaps wisdom is navigation and temperance is steering/wayfinding.
Best wishes and thank you for the simple act of sharing that it is possible to move in such directions against all odds.
Good on ya and happy birthday too...
...but perhaps the band Cake and their song The Distance could be a good substitute and helpful anthem for this moment...
I like this take on Temperance a lot: https://overcast.fm/+LyNnZBtIU - a more alluring version (ie sexier).
Just hit 6 months of no alcohol! Had been drinking for 20-25 years straight and just quit cold turkey. Going for a full year and then reassessing. Previously did a no-buy year with clothing (which turned into multiple years). Just this week I deleted all social media apps from my phone (will still use them here and there on my computer), but will do at least a year of that. Highly recommend the yearly challenges!
I applaud anything that encourages a not to deeper look at what we’re doing. Mine has been more about the company I keep and how I allow that to keep more from deliberate living. For instance I just told the gf I won’t be drinking with her every night in her “happy hour” and I don’t think it wise for her either, but she’s a big girl. For me, I would have gone for a simple cup cake where you could delight more simply. ... a difference between temperance and tea totaling?
I will be 58 tomorrow (November 1st). I am also planning a full year with no alcohol. Let's make it together. You are so inspiring to me. Thank you.
Happy belated birthday! I have done away with caffeine and gluten~~ alcohol has been on its way out as it does nothing for me. Caffeine was the most difficult as I was a daily drinker of 3-4 cups for 12-13 years. However, after almost a year off of it, I feel more grounded and energized. That's me rambling. I hope you enjoyed the day; thanks for the ongoing inspiration.
I think that the fashionable values thing, or "wokeism" in general, is actually nothing more malign or complex than an attempt to hack the state of presence. It's an experiment. Like is there a short cut to being the best version of myself, to being deeply self aware? If I apply status-orientated labels to human behaviours like caring or inclusion, will I somehow achieve a deep state of presence? I think this is all it is. And to me it's demonstrating that we don't have any short cut yet.
(I mean, reducing a felt sense of guilt, through projecting "badness" on others is another, less noble aspect too!)
Happy birthday, Peter.
There's value in that. I'm not sure how much philosophy I can do without marijuana.. but I'm taking a break from the philosophy.