Friday, October 16, 2009
Socrates and the Swine:
"We can imagine a pig whose life is pretty well filled with swinish pleasures and we can imagine a Socrates whose intellectual achievements, though enormous, have resulted in the frustrating perception that his greatest achievement is to appreciate just how little he knows. The pig is satisfied and Socrates is dissatisfied, so that hedonism would appear to commend the life of the pig. But John Stuart Mill thought it obvious (as most of us would probably agree) that the life of a Socrates dissatisfied is better than the life of a pig satisfied. This must lead us to wonder how any appeal to pleasure as the sole thing which is good in itself could explain the difference. In an attempt at explanation, Mill introduced a distinction between higher and lower pleasures. Pleasure is indeed the touchstone of value, he thought, but some pleasures are better than others."
Some times.... most of the time..... I think of myself as Socrates, not in the sense of someone who is magnificent and wise, but complex and dissatisfied, wanting desperately to find simplicity and pleasure in the simple swine things in life. Oh, how I wish I were a pig.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
It's my birthday and I'm wondering how a Buddhist might approach the Gandhian satyagraha campaign.
I've realized suffering is self-inflicting. No one is responsible for your feelings, only you. You feel the way you do because you allow and accept it. Thus, we must change ourselves to avoid suffering, not expecting others to change. When we find peace and joy in the worst of circumstances, amongst the worst company, is when we have reached nirvana.
Good Quote: "
People have been asking me all day if I "feel older?" I respond "I don't feel any older. Just tired. One year older, one year closer to death." I've been listening to African chants and Bright Eyes all day. The perfect Emo combo. I'm choosing to be sad. Why? Maybe being sad's "in" right now - Emo fashionable. Emo fabulous.
What's your perfect Emo combo?