Actually that’s not true. Way of thinking IS philosophy!Another well-crafted encapsulation. You are right... the whole thing has gotten mired down in philosophy.
I find these 'yes man' scary. It's like proto fascism, where people do what they need to do in order 'climb the slippery pole' of bureaucracy. They loose all ethical responsibility in their public life - it has a machine life of its own, and is something separate from their inner life.... they soon become the ghosts in the machine.Right. Can I give you examples of how this doesn’t always play out?
Place I worked before:
Team of 6. 4 “yes men”, 1 indifferent and me, who regularly challenged management when I felt appropriate and often did it my way.
Prime “yes man” got heaped with praise and position and opportunities.
I got labelled a troublemaker and incurred often wrath and disdain of managers.
Prime yes man is the one who got the female acclaim.
I’m much happier being my own man and would physically throw up to take on the “yes man” role. However, I disagree that being a free man gets you the women.
I’ve said it many times, women go for the manipulator and narc who can obtain position by fair means or foul.
It has nothing to do with being your own man. It’s a hinderence if anything.
If I’d challenge the yes man group would round up on me. So I became somewhat the lowest in the group, despite having the biggest balls and having a DNGAF attitude.
Can someone please explain this?
As far as I can see, everything is secondary to social rank. If literally sucking off the boss got
you promoted, the girls would still be all over him.
Freedom is a ethical imperative. It's what humanizes us. If we abdicate it [the fear of freedom], we are in for a world of hurt.Freedom is an emotion.
Those examples I listed in my above post is different shades of that emotion so that it's easier for you to memorise it and store it in ur rational brain functions for future use.
It's not a strawman nor a strawberry, it's just facts of several examples within a singular emotion called freedom.
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You do make a good point.Actually that’s not true. Way of thinking IS philosophy!
I wouldn’t dumb it down but that’s me.
The background and encapsulation of thought was very well done. You have the gift.
The first thing a writer needs to learn is that he never lets a non-writer tell him how to craft his words to his thoughts.
That too but to make a long story short, it's more towards an emotional feeling one inherently has embedded in the mind.Freedom is a ethical imperative. It's what humanizes us. If we abdicate it [the fear of freedom], we are in for a world of hurt.
Shorthand, my friend.You do not create your own reality.
First, reason should be considered a half way house to reality - it correlates in some way but is not definitive, or representative of it. Language is figurative and analogical, NOT literal.
Reason/ philosophy has largely fallen into disrepute because it too readily associated with rationalism/ ideology, where language is serious, literal, and artless.
The existential reaction to this is to say you can create your own reality, which is essentially irrationalism [a shadow form of reason]
Rather, reason should be seen in some kind of dialogue or dialectical movement with reality. Consider it a dance, even an erotic dance of sorts... as the Greeks did.
It's quite similar to the Socratic injunction to 'know yourself'. For Socrates, all knowledge was ethical... everything else sophistry.Shorthand, my friend.
The trouble with excessive rationalism/reason is that they blind one to the incredible power of hitting the reset switch and considering oneself capable of that which he "knew" couldn't be possible for him.
I suppose I live in a state (or "world") where I have a bit of a knack for leveraging the best of rationalism and also creative instinct that dares to challenge the "known" or "established".
I've often quoted Shakespeare with his "Assume a virtue if you have it not" because no one that I know of has ever expressed better the power of a man to challenge his very reality and acquire new abilities based solely upon on acting as if. When a man acts as if something is true, even when all empirical evidence screams the opposite, he can move the immovable and can affect how others regard him.
I know that what I describe is simplistic, but it was enough to turn my life around and to free me from my former helplessness.
Further, to run with this idea, this world of hurt is not something to just eventuate in the political sphere, but is felt very much in our own lives. When the ethical instincts of the self are denied, a gnawing sense of absence ensues. Why else is it so common for people to seek an escape [from themselves] in drugs, or sex, or mass ideology, or whatever. There is a lack of resiliency/ fortitude, where people are deluded into thinking they are entitled to some ethereal happiness, instead of seeing life as the grinding journey that it is. And with false expectations they become disappointed, looking not so much for solace but distraction from a misery that they are ill-equipped to cope with.Freedom is a ethical imperative. It's what humanizes us. If we abdicate it [the fear of freedom], we are in for a world of hurt.
... andFreedom is therefore an ethical achievement, and is primarily freedom over the self.