Time for Philosophers to Step up to the Plate

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Time for Philosophers to Step up to the Plate

Postby pilgrim-seeker_tom » Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:38 am

1) Religions have either failed in their attempts to promote love or their intentions were never completely sincere/genuine from the beginning.

2) Science is non-sentient ... no place for emotions ... confirmed by AI.

3) Politics has always played second fiddle to science or religion.

4) Philosophers are our only hope.

Some soothing words ...

Some say love, it is a river,
That drowns, the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor,
that leaves, your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It's the heart, afraid of breaking,
That never, learns to dance.
It's the dream, afraid of waking,
That never, takes the chance.
It's the one, who won't be taken,
Who cannot, seem to give.
And the soul, afraid of dying,
That never, learns to live.

When the night, has been too lonely,
And the road, has been too long.
And you feel, that love is only,
for the lucky, and the strong.
Just remember, in the winter,
Far beneath, the bitter snow,
Lies a seed, that with the sun's love,
In spring, becomes the rose
"Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small; but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, “Who said this?” but pay attention to what is said”

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Re: Time for Philosophers to Step up to the Plate

Postby Faust » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:53 pm

One problem here is that most philosophers are either religious, political or both. Most are also either pure technicians or otherwise trying to be as scientific as possible.
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Re: Time for Philosophers to Step up to the Plate

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:41 pm

Faust wrote:One problem here is that most philosophers are either religious, political or both. Most are also either pure technicians or otherwise trying to be as scientific as possible.


K: I believe it is also the barren, empty, sterile thought of philosophy and
philosophers that make it impossible for them, for now, to be the "saviors"
of mankind.... Philosophy must connect and become part of our lives instead
of being esoteric..... meant for the few who understand its specialize
language...... Philosophy needs a new Socrates who brings philosophy
back to earth.........

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Re: Time for Philosophers to Step up to the Plate

Postby pilgrim-seeker_tom » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:04 am

Two more potential reasons from another thread:

1) Philosophers lack the fortitude/courage to step into the line of fire. For the past 2,500 years philosophers have remembered the price Socrates paid for stepping into the line of fire ... the price hasn't changed. The consequence being philosophers opted to bark from the shadows ... a bunch of gutless Poster Boys.

2) A lack of faith in the cause. Not sure what Gib means by 'cause'.

The failure of religions created the opportunity for science to emerge as King.

The combined failures of religions and science have created the current opportunity for philosophy to emerge as King ... save the best for last. :-)

Dominance of a regional philosophy is not the answer. We need a small community of philosophers who are adept at cherry picking and knitting. Select the nuggets from all major philosophies, all major religions, all sciences and knit them together into a cohesive whole ... a kernel ... that the masses can rally around.
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Re: Time for Philosophers to Step up to the Plate

Postby pilgrim-seeker_tom » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:44 am

Just read the following statement in another article ... seems relevant ... maybe. :-)

So many regions captured with so few words. :-)

Now compare it with Xi Jinping as hexin lingdao (the nucleus of the leadership) a sort of primus inter pares in a Sinified version of Plato’s Republic. Greek-Roman-Enlightenment political theory is not the only game in town anymore. Yet not a chance the hubristic West will start listening to Confucius.
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