a new understanding of today, time and space.

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:44 pm

Dada manifesto written by Hugo Ball:
Read at the first public by Dada soirée, Zurich, July 14, 1916.


Dada is a new tendency in art. One can tell this from the fact that until now nobody knew anything about it, and tomorrow everyone in Zurich will be talking about it. Dada comes from the dictionary. It is terribly simple. In French it means "hobby horse." In German it means "good-bye," "Get off my back," "Be seeing you sometime." In Romanian: "Yes, indeed, you are right, that's it. But of course, yes, definitely, right." And so forth.

An International word. Just a word, and the word a movement. Very easy to understand. Quite terribly simple. To make of it an artistic tendency must mean that one is anticipating complications. Dada psychology, dada Germany cum indigestion and fog paroxysm, dada literature, dada bourgeoisie, and yourselves, honoured poets, who are always writing with words but never writing the word itself, who are always writing around the actual point. Dada world war without end, dada revolution without beginning, dada, you friends and also—poets, esteemed sirs, manufacturers, and evangelists. Dada Tzara, dada Huelsenbeck, dada m'dada, dada m'dada dada mhm, dada dera dada, dada Hue, dada Tza.

How does one achieve eternal bliss? By saying dada. How does one become famous? By saying dada. With a noble gesture and delicate propriety. Till one goes crazy. Till one loses consciousness. How can one get rid of everything that smacks of journalism, worms, everything nice and right, blinkered, moralistic, europeanised, enervated? By saying dada. Dada is the world soul, dada is the pawnshop. Dada is the world's best lily-milk soap. Dada Mr Rubiner, dada Mr Korrodi. Dada Mr Anastasius Lilienstein. In plain language: the hospitality of the Swiss is something to be profoundly appreciated. And in questions of aesthetics the key is quality.

I shall be reading poems that are meant to dispense with conventional language, no less, and to have done with it. Dada Johann Fuchsgang Goethe. Dada Stendhal. Dada Dalai Lama, Buddha, Bible, and Nietzsche. Dada m'dada. Dada mhm dada da. It's a question of connections, and of loosening them up a bit to start with. I don't want words that other people have invented. All the words are other people's inventions. I want my own stuff, my own rhythm, and vowels and consonants too, matching the rhythm and all my own. If this pulsation is seven yards long, I want words for it that are seven yards long. Mr Schulz's words are only two and a half centimetres long.

It will serve to show how articulated language comes into being. I let the vowels fool around. I let the vowels quite simply occur, as a cat meows . . . Words emerge, shoulders of words, legs, arms, hands of words. Au, oi, uh. One shouldn't let too many words out. A line of poetry is a chance to get rid of all the filth that clings to this accursed language, as if put there by stockbrokers' hands, hands worn smooth by coins. I want the word where it ends and begins. Dada is the heart of words.

Each thing has its word, but the word has become a thing by itself. Why shouldn't I find it? Why can't a tree be called Pluplusch, and Pluplubasch when it has been raining? The word, the word, the word outside your domain, your stuffiness, this laughable impotence, your stupendous smugness, outside all the parrotry of your self-evident limitedness. The word, gentlemen, is a public concern of the first importance.

K: when I read this I think of several posters here....limited types who,
who mistake intensity for clarity and intelligence.....who lack the vision to
see what is really important....who total understanding of their self worth is
tied up in their political, social, economic and philosophical choices....

in other words.... their self worth rises and falls based on how IQ45
is doing today....or how their favorite football team is doing....
their self worth lies outside of them selves... it is external and not
internal.... but imagine someone like Gandhi or MLK... did their self worth
lie in their external images of the world or within their internal image?

if you ask what does it matter, then you to are external driven
and your own self worth is decided by external factors, not
internal understanding of who you are......

and if you want to find greatness, you must be internally driven,
not externally driven.....

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:43 pm

as I have noted before, individuals can become stuck
within their own ism's and ideologies...

we become victims as it were of our own slavish devotion to
the ism's and ideologies that we use to elevate how we feel about ourselves......

some see their own self worth residing within their ism's and ideologies....

not internally as a Gandhi or a MLK would, but their self worth is found
externally... as part of the MAGA crowd or as a conservative or as a liberal
or as a fan of Man U...their own understanding of who they are relies on
outside factors in their life....

but the same hold true collectively as it does individually.....

we Americans can find our own self worth tied up into how well
or how badly we do as a country.........

as a country we get locked up into viewpoints and understandings
of who we are based upon how well the country is doing.....

we get locked up in a ism or an ideology that helps us feel
better about ourselves collectively.....

did MLK or Gandhi use collective ism's and ideologies to feel better
about themselves?

no, they had their truths and they held onto their truths to death...
in both cases.. till death.....

which leaves us trying to understand how does the individual
understanding of ism's and ideologies fit into a collective
understanding of ism's and ideologies?

I am Kropotkin.... and how do I fit into the collective understanding
of the United States of America? which standard shall we use?
mine or America standard?

shall we understand people as a unthinking, mindless drone of America,
to be used and abused as America see's fit? or do we have a collective
discussion about the proper place of the individual within the collective?

think about it this way... how shall we view each other here at ILP?

are you a friend, an enemy, how do we fit together as a collective
given our own individual approach to "philosophy?".....

what has greater value, the collective.. ILP or the individual, Kropotkin?

and what standard shall we use to make a decision?

what is more important? the collective.. ILP or the individual... Kropotkin?

it would seem that we need each other.... for clearly ILP has some function
in Kropotkin life... and just as clearly Kropotkin has some function in ILP....

how do we work out this relationship between ILP and Kropotkin?

and we must understand that this connection between ILP and Kropotkin
is far more free and voluntary then our connection and relationship
we have within the state/society/media/educational/ church.......

these relationships are much tighter bonds between the individual
and the respective bonding of state or society or media......

my relationship with the state or the society is far tighter then
my relationship with ILP because my relationship with the state isn't
voluntary.... I just can't go live out in the forest and ignore the state.....

for the state makes a strong demand upon the connection between
the state and myself that isn't voluntary or as easily discarded as my
relationship with ILP.... people come and go as they please from ILP
but one doesn't do that with the state.......in my relationship with
ILP, I hold the key to the relationship between myself and ILP
and in the relationship with the state, it seems to me that the state
hold the key/power to the relationship between the state and me.....

so we should, perhaps even out the power between the state and the
individual to give the individual more say in the functioning of the state
given I have no choice in my relationship between the state and me.....

the less choice one has in a relationship, the more say one should have within
a relationship...... but that is to be determined..........

so what should the relationship be between the state and the individual?

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:15 am

the focal point of my philosophy lies in this question of "doing the right thing"

what is the "right thing to do?" how do we know? to give examples,
is supporting IQ45 the right thing to do or is supporting Biden the right
thing to do?

I suspect the clues lie in several different places...we have seen
morality being connected to the law... but as been suggested that
the law and being moral are two, different and distinct things....
for example the morally right thing to do and the legally right
thing to do has been vastly different.....

slavery pre-civil war was legal but it certainly wasn't the right thing to do...
and the holocaust was legal but it wasn't the right thing to do, it wasn't moral....
and laws that make women the property of men is legal but it isn't the moral
thing, the right thing to do....

both Gandhi and MLK spent time in prison because they fought for the moral
obligations to be fulfilled and that violated their legal obligations...

Gandhi time and time again, violated the law to do the right thing
as did MLK..... what is part of their understanding of the "right" thing
to do and what is the "legal" thing to do....

they both referred back to "higher" moral obligations...
it wasn't the law that they referenced, but the values......
the "higher" moral obligations were the values that they espoused...

for both of them, part of the "higher" values was freedom... for Gandhi, the freedom
to the people having sovereignty over their own country in India...
an India:

"for the Indian people, by the Indian people, of the Indian people"

for MLK, to have the African-American people be free of the odious laws
of Jim Crow... to be able to enjoy the exact same rights as the White people....

the higher principles of both men involved values.. not ism's or ideologies.....

for Gandhi, the higher principle was called "Satyagraha" (Sanskrit and Hindi word)
"holding onto the truth" a concept introduced in India to designate a determined but
nonviolent resistance to evil......think about it.... HOLDING ONTO THE TRUTH....

what truth is that? the higher values of freedom, of peace, hope, of love ....
the values that rise us to being better human beings, not lower us into
being animals... those values of hate, anger, lust, violence, injustice....

Ecmandu brings up a point that has always bothered me....

the attempt to negate great soul people by bringing up their human failings....

sure, MLK cheated on his wife.. but does that negate his attempt to bring
people into freedom? I say no.... but why? every single human being can
be negated in this fashion..... oh, him.. Jesus hung out with hookers..
negated.. it is a very, very, very easy game to negate every single person on planet earth...
with their human failings....why must we tear down those who attempt to
achieve greatness.... because we are petty and narrow-minded and shallow....

if we can bring down the great ones, we are absolved from making any
type of attempt "to do the right thing" if the great ones have failed, what
makes me think I can succeed in achieving greatness..... it allows us to
avoid trying to reach greatness..... it is an escape hatch that prevent us from
trying to reach greatness...

if I see a great person, do I say, oh, he cheated on his wife or he beat his kids....

or do, do I attempt to reach that person greatness while avoiding his very
human flaws....Goethe had flaws and Hume had flaws and Kant had flaws,
does that mean I make no attempt to become greater then them because
of those flaws? I simple cannot become a great philosopher because Socrates
hated going home to his wife? Is that what I am suppose to do?
Avoid reaching for greatness because someone else failed in being human?

I can't follow the footsteps of Gandhi preaching love and peace and
nonviolence because he wasn't nice to his wife?

is that the message you are telling me? he failed, so don't preach
love or peace or nonviolence?

Kropotkin
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Ecmandu » Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:04 am

Peter Kropotkin wrote:the focal point of my philosophy lies in this question of "doing the right thing"

what is the "right thing to do?" how do we know? to give examples,
is supporting IQ45 the right thing to do or is supporting Biden the right
thing to do?

I suspect the clues lie in several different places...we have seen
morality being connected to the law... but as been suggested that
the law and being moral are two, different and distinct things....
for example the morally right thing to do and the legally right
thing to do has been vastly different.....

slavery pre-civil war was legal but it certainly wasn't the right thing to do...
and the holocaust was legal but it wasn't the right thing to do, it wasn't moral....
and laws that make women the property of men is legal but it isn't the moral
thing, the right thing to do....

both Gandhi and MLK spent time in prison because they fought for the moral
obligations to be fulfilled and that violated their legal obligations...

Gandhi time and time again, violated the law to do the right thing
as did MLK..... what is part of their understanding of the "right" thing
to do and what is the "legal" thing to do....

they both referred back to "higher" moral obligations...
it wasn't the law that they referenced, but the values......
the "higher" moral obligations were the values that they espoused...

for both of them, part of the "higher" values was freedom... for Gandhi, the freedom
to the people having sovereignty over their own country in India...
an India:

"for the Indian people, by the Indian people, of the Indian people"

for MLK, to have the African-American people be free of the odious laws
of Jim Crow... to be able to enjoy the exact same rights as the White people....

the higher principles of both men involved values.. not ism's or ideologies.....

for Gandhi, the higher principle was called "Satyagraha" (Sanskrit and Hindi word)
"holding onto the truth" a concept introduced in India to designate a determined but
nonviolent resistance to evil......think about it.... HOLDING ONTO THE TRUTH....

what truth is that? the higher values of freedom, of peace, hope, of love ....
the values that rise us to being better human beings, not lower us into
being animals... those values of hate, anger, lust, violence, injustice....

need to help the wife...I'll be back

Kropotkin


Both Gandhi and MLK worshipped a male supreme being. That’s acceptable to the propaganda ministers.

As people, MLK cheated on his wife constantly And Gandhi abused his wife verbally and constantly.
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:10 am

[quote="Ecmandu"

As people, MLK cheated on his wife constantly And Gandhi abused his wife verbally and constantly.[/quote]

K: and?

are you perfect?

have you acted perfectly in regards to other people?

I know I haven't....

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Ecmandu » Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:00 am

Peter Kropotkin wrote:[quote="Ecmandu"

As people, MLK cheated on his wife constantly And Gandhi abused his wife verbally and constantly.


K: and?

are you perfect?

have you acted perfectly in regards to other people?

I know I haven't....

Kropotkin[/quote]

It’s impossible to be perfect in any zero sum reality.

So no. I’m not perfect. I’m more perfect than those two however. Lots of people are.
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:49 am

[quote="Ecmandu"

It’s impossible to be perfect in any zero sum reality.

So no. I’m not perfect. I’m more perfect than those two however. Lots of people are.[/quote]

K: and completely missing the point.....

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Ecmandu » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:29 pm

Peter Kropotkin wrote:[quote="Ecmandu"

It’s impossible to be perfect in any zero sum reality.

So no. I’m not perfect. I’m more perfect than those two however. Lots of people are.


K: and completely missing the point.....

Kropotkin[/quote]

You want to talk about the point? You can’t handle the point.

Having sex in a negative zero sum reality, no matter who you have sex with ... always crushes millions of hearts (if not billions). Same with getting married. Same with simply seeing someone naked in a non global public way. Same with having children.

You, like others like you, think you’re the conqueror. Billions of people think this way... amongst 2, you and Donald Trump. Look in the mirror Peter. You are your worst nightmare. Selfish, greedy, narcissistic, psychopathic.

And to boot, you’re a moral nihilist like Trump, which is why your hatred of him seethes through your posts — he’s you in the mirror. You’re yelling at yourself.

You fucked up, you fucked up big. For once in your life, own it.
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:17 pm

Peter Kropotkin wrote:[quote="Ecmandu"

It’s impossible to be perfect in any zero sum reality.

So no. I’m not perfect. I’m more perfect than those two however. Lots of people are.

(MLK and Gandhi among others)

K: and completely missing the point.....

K: and I shall ignore Ecm for the moment as he is on one of his random tangents....
and return to this point....

the false belief that "I'm more perfect then those two (MLK, Gandhi) however.
lots of people are"

and people feel good about this... but think about it... who remembers you?
how many status are built do you? are you considered to be great?

NO, NO AND NO...and that is the point... the false belief that one is "more perfect"
then MLK and Gandhi.. and this means you are "better" then MLK or Gandhi.....

you can feel a sense of accomplishment or pride in this... false pride or false
accomplishment.....

the point isn't about whether you are "more perfect" then two of the icons
of the 20th century... the point is they achieved something you wouldn't even
dare in your wildest dreams....they changed history... something very few of
us will ever achieved... I most certainly won't change history....

they found greatness..... who among you has achieved greatness?

and how did they achieve their greatness? not by following ism's or ideologies
or by seeking baubles like fame or wealth or titles or power......
the old familiar path of those without any imagination or possibility of
greatness....

they found greatness by following values, not baubles....they sought to
achieve something by the pursuit of values like love and hope
and non-violence and justice......they achieved greatness by
holding firm to the values of justice and love and non-violence....

remember the word Satyagraha.. that word is a compound word.
Satya: meaning truth.....agraha: polite insistence or holding firmly to....

holding firmly to the truth...Satyagraha......and this is what Gandhi
himself writes about Satyagraha.... in regards to "passive resistance"

"Therefore it is different from satyagraha (passive resistance)
in three essentials: Satyagraha is a weapon of the strong; it admits
no violence under any circumstances whatsoever; and it ever insists upon
the truth"

He didn't fudge or adapt this "truth" to fit the situation...he hung
onto the "truth" regardless of the situation....

most people exists on the lowest level of existence.. seeking food,
water, shelter, education, health care.... a few exists on a higher level,
seeking love, safety/security, esteem.... but who among you seek
to pursue something greater and beyond yourself? few to none...
at least none here...who dares to fly like Icarus.. in pursuit of
greatness....to become something more then just animal/human..
but to become human, fully human.....

it doesn't matter if Gandhi or MLK were animals in some aspects of
their lives if they attempted to reach greatness in their pursuit
of values... who among you has tried to reach greatness?

none because you are mired in the muck of day to day existence
and you can't see the possibility of greatness that lies outside of
your vision.....outside of pursuing the lower level of existence,
food, shelter, water...etc. etc.....or pursuing the baubles of existence,
wealth or power or...etc. etc.....

there is a third path of existence and that path was followed by those
whom we call great...the Gandhi's and MLK's of the world....
the Goethe's and Einstein's and Shakespeare's of the world

they pursued something beyond just mere lower levels of
existence... they pursued values... not ism's or ideologies....
or food or safety/security......

they pursued what it means to be human and they explored the
possibilities of existence in ways most of us haven't even dreamt of....

do I see greatness today? no, I see pursuit of the lowest levels of existence
or the pursuit of modern day baubles...and I won't see greatness until we
begin to pursue the path of seeking what is possible for human beings...

to become human, fully human....

Gandhi and MLK are human beings in the finest sense of the word..
and the rest of us? we are just mere animals seeking the lowest levels
of existence.. we don't even realize that existence has many different
levels of existence, many different paths in which we can walk down...

my path is to seek greatness through my possibilities of philosophy
and understanding of what it means to be human....
and the exploration of values....

and what is your path? what are your possibilities?

what path will lead you to greatness?

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Ecmandu » Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:24 pm

Peter,

You’re a fucking moron.

Plants suffer, even rocks suffer as much if not more at times than cows or people do.

Gandhi was a moron. MLK was a moron.

You have no fucking clue what the cosmos is Peter.

You’re blind like they were blind.

You still think you’re the conqueror.

You cannot be great until you make everyone great.

You cannot be interesting until you set up an impossible task for yourself.

Both of your icons are neither.
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:27 pm

Ecmandu wrote:Peter,

You’re a fucking moron.

Plants suffer, even rocks suffer as much if not more at times than cows or people do.

Gandhi was a moron. MLK was a moron.

You have no fucking clue what the cosmos is Peter.

You’re blind like they were blind.

You still think you’re the conqueror.

You cannot be great until you make everyone great.

You cannot be interesting until you set up an impossible task for yourself.

Both of your icons are neither.


K: and what is your path to greatness?

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Ecmandu » Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:30 pm

Peter Kropotkin wrote:
Ecmandu wrote:Peter,

You’re a fucking moron.

Plants suffer, even rocks suffer as much if not more at times than cows or people do.

Gandhi was a moron. MLK was a moron.

You have no fucking clue what the cosmos is Peter.

You’re blind like they were blind.

You still think you’re the conqueror.

You cannot be great until you make everyone great.

You cannot be interesting until you set up an impossible task for yourself.

Both of your icons are neither.


K: and what is your path to greatness?

Kropotkin


Working with the entire cosmos to establish positive non-zero sum hyperdimensional mirror realities attached to individual desire matrices for all, forever. Infinite heaven for every being in existence.

It’s been a collaborative project from the brightest spirits in existence.
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:40 pm

and I rest my case....

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Ecmandu » Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:46 pm

Peter Kropotkin wrote:and I rest my case....

Kropotkin


Fuck you man. I’ll explain how existence works to your puny brain.

Have you ever woken from a dream and thought to yourself while in the dream, “that makes PERFECT sense!” And then you wake up and say, “what the fuck was that weird shit?!”

That’s how existence WORKS!! It only has to make ENOUGH sense!

Another thing you don’t understand about existence is that we all made this together... actually, to be more precise, there were spirits who spent trillions upon trillions upon trillions of years to make the reality we currently live in.

Let me explain more... none of us were never born and none of us ever die. We all looked at the plan (because we get bored with forever) and said “fuck it, why the fuck not?” That ALL this is.

I found a loophole in the system that we chose that sends us all to hell forever.

Thus, were working on a NEW plan! Dig it?
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Ecmandu » Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:51 pm

Ecmandu wrote:
Peter Kropotkin wrote:and I rest my case....

Kropotkin


Fuck you man. I’ll explain how existence works to your puny brain.

Have you ever woken from a dream and thought to yourself while in the dream, “that makes PERFECT sense!” And then you wake up and say, “what the fuck was that weird shit?!”

That’s how existence WORKS!! It only has to make ENOUGH sense!

Another thing you don’t understand about existence is that we all made this together... actually, to be more precise, there were spirits who spent trillions upon trillions upon trillions of years to make the reality we currently live in.

Let me explain more... all of us were never born and none of us ever die. We all looked at the plan (because we get bored with forever) and said “fuck it, why the fuck not?” That’s ALL this is.

I found a loophole in the system that we chose that sends us all to hell forever.

Thus, were working on a NEW plan! Dig it?


I’m not trying to be mean to you Peter, I’m trying to wake you the fuck up!

When you’re one of the beings sent by all of us to test the new system, it’s 24/7 work on a scale people don’t comprehend. You’re lazy as fuck. That’s fine. You’re not one of those beings. I am one of those beings. I work more in one minute than the entire species has worked in thousands of years (and then some).

So, when you come at me with your condemning enlightenment ... of course I’m going to say fuck you. You’re part of the problem, not the solution.

You’re blind, you’re asleep, you’re lazy.

I tried to jar your mind into being awake. It’s your choice to be awake or asleep, not mine.
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:33 am

According to Safranski, Heidegger was, for several years,
invested in the idea of Germany and what it meant to be
German.....nationalism at it worst...to make judgements
about people, ism's, philosophy, justice.. in regards to
such a silly idea as nationalism.. really makes no sense...

I have little interest in working out the nationalism of being
an American...I am interested in the values and meaning
of being human, of being an American, no....no such interest....

But why Kropotkin? Isn't nationalism one of the ways/means of
defining us and who we are?

no, because nationalism is about exclusion... who isn't part of
your little club and who is part of the club...I dismiss you because
you aren't American, you are British or Swedish or French or German......

and in the Nazi's days, they defined others by their nationality.....
the Nazi's, Aryan's were the "superior" race by the very fact of
being German or being Aryan....no need to have wisdom or
knowledge or information or even of being a decent human being...

the value of people were being decided upon racial and national values, or
color of their skin, or who they loved or perhaps by their religion....

all invalid ways to judge a human being.... by either accidental traits or
by a method that lead to irrelevant judgements.... by what standard does
one judge the Germans as being superior, or by what standard does one
decide that loving a specific gender is better then loving someone?
how do I decide that one's skin color is better then another?
or how do I decide that one religion or none religion is better then
another's religion? to wit, that to decide having hatred toward one religion,
say the Jewish religion is to make a judgement upon it, it is to make some
standard upon it...on what grounds are you going to make a judgment about
one religion or another? what standard are you going to use?

I would submit that the standard used, in Germany and later to denigrate
the Jewish religion is simply part of two steps, one is bigotry and prejudice..
which is taught by our family, our state, our religion, our schooling, our
society....and we have to overcome our childhood indoctrinations....

to achieve values that actually represent who we really are, not the values
we were taught/indoctrinated with....

the second standard is how do I judge or compare one religion to another?

what standard would I use to compare the Jewish religion as opposed to
the Jain religion?

how do I decide what religion is "better?" better for whom and why?
what standard should I use to make that decision?

I don't see any possible standard that can be used to make such a determination as
to what religion is somehow better then another or one nationality is better then
another or one race is better then another.....I object to any possible
standard that one might use to make such a determination......

I think the French are a inferior people because they speak French
and I flunked French in High School... that is about the logic one might
use in this pretend use of standards we might use to negate a race, people,
religion, those by the color of our skin or who they love...

the very standards one uses to negate a people is based upon
a false and dangerous standard that is utterly useless in providing
any real idea of the value of a people, race, religion... etc, etc....

and I reject any such use of standards to judge a people, a religion,
the color of one's skin as a value, or who they might love.....

now we may be able to judge individuals, as being jerks or failures or
tightwads but once again, it comes down to a standard that cannot be
defended....we judge as much based upon emotions and feelings as
we do upon some rational and logical base....

to judge Germans or Americans as superior is to allow emotions
and feelings to make a summary judgement that has no rational basis.....

in other words, we make declarations based on nothing more just a feeling...

and we all know how false and wrong feelings can be......

so I call into question the very idea that a standard can be found to judge
a people/Americans or a religion/Jewish or a gender/male or female
or who we love, men or women.....the very notion of a standard to judge such
matters must be called into question... how would I judge someone to be
superior? and what standard would I use? I say that standard is subjective
and based upon feelings and emotions...because there are no facts which
can be judge upon to make such a judgement....

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:51 am

I see nationalism and state as being as temporary as the
notion that once drove human behavior which is the "tribe" that
we once belonged to and then the "city-state" that drove Socrates
and then the small estates that littered the countryside in Medieval
Europe and then the rise of the nation....and then some other format
will rise and replace the nation... I hope for a unity of purpose that arises
when people, not nations, not religions, not social created means that
are only true for a moment and then gone.....

the one and true vison of who we are is a vision of us as human beings, not
as beings of color or of a religion or of race or of nationality...no, no, no.....

when I look into a mirror and I don't see an American or a Jew or a man
or a white person or one who loves women or men, for that matter...
when I look into a mirror, I should only see a human being... the other traits
are not important..... and when we all look into a mirror, the only thing
we should see is our humanness.. we are human beings.....

the global world to come.. that is the future... as we have gone from a family
unit to a small tribe to a small city to a city-state to a larger group known as Empire
to nation and soon we shall add, we are one... a global society that engages us
as human beings, not as any accidental traits like man or white or Jew or homosexual....

that is a world worth waiting for, worth living for, worth dying for...
not mere religion or race or nationality or who we love.....

but a celebration of being human and a world that engages us as human beings
and nothing more or less......

this dream of mine is many centuries away... but I await it arrival with the
same hope as I await the sun arising in a few hours....

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Bob » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:11 am

Peter Kropotkin wrote:I see nationalism and state as being as temporary as the
notion that once drove human behavior which is the "tribe" that
we once belonged to and then the "city-state" that drove Socrates
and then the small estates that littered the countryside in Medieval
Europe and then the rise of the nation....and then some other format
will rise and replace the nation... I hope for a unity of purpose that arises
when people, not nations, not religions, not social created means that
are only true for a moment and then gone.....

I admire your ideals, I have worked for my own for a while and now, being a pensioner, I reflect on the things that were. I have found that the development I had assumed we were all making, building the world to be a better place, was all illusion. At the best, it was the development that I was making with a few others. It doesn't mean that we stop, but that we assess what is possible and do that.

Of course, the COVID situation is making a mockery of such idealism. At present it is important to gain control of the spread of the virus and get back to a normal state of affairs. Only then can we begin to communicate one on one, trying to overcome misunderstanding and enmity. The forums of this world, inasmuch as they are anonym, can't help us unless we do away with the brutality of closed minds. Forums can only help us when our minds are open and we are willing to argue our case in a civilised manner. I have changed my mind many times on ILP due to good arguments made by others - including you. I have had to revise my ideas in the light of verbal attacks, because I noticed that my wording was inappropriate.

As far as the political arguments are concerned, we can't remain dualistic, but must find common ground in what we want to achieve. There are different ways to achieve that, but the more extreme our demands on others are, the bigger the divide becomes across which we have to communicate. Instead, sticks and stones are thrown and not arguments. Both sides have done their fair share of this and we need to stop. The extremes only cause opposing extremes. The left has been demanding things that a society based on compromise is difficult to accept on the right, and vice-versa. A democracy is built on compromise. We need to know that. We need to be prepared for that and not try to destroy each other.

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:12 pm

Peter Kropotkin"]I see nationalism and state as being as temporary as the
notion that once drove human behavior which is the "tribe" that
we once belonged to and then the "city-state" that drove Socrates
and then the small estates that littered the countryside in Medieval
Europe and then the rise of the nation....and then some other format
will rise and replace the nation... I hope for a unity of purpose that arises
when people, not nations, not religions, not social created means that
are only true for a moment and then gone.....[/quote][/quote]


Bob: I admire your ideals, I have worked for my own for a while and now, being a pensioner, I reflect on the things that were. I have found that the development I had assumed we were all making, building the world to be a better place, was all illusion. At the best, it was the development that I was making with a few others. It doesn't mean that we stop, but that we assess what is possible and do that.

Of course, the COVID situation is making a mockery of such idealism. At present it is important to gain control of the spread of the virus and get back to a normal state of affairs. Only then can we begin to communicate one on one, trying to overcome misunderstanding and enmity. The forums of this world, inasmuch as they are anonym, can't help us unless we do away with the brutality of closed minds. Forums can only help us when our minds are open and we are willing to argue our case in a civilised manner. I have changed my mind many times on ILP due to good arguments made by others - including you. I have had to revise my ideas in the light of verbal attacks, because I noticed that my wording was inappropriate.

As far as the political arguments are concerned, we can't remain dualistic, but must find common ground in what we want to achieve. There are different ways to achieve that, but the more extreme our demands on others are, the bigger the divide becomes across which we have to communicate. Instead, sticks and stones are thrown and not arguments. Both sides have done their fair share of this and we need to stop. The extremes only cause opposing extremes. The left has been demanding things that a society based on compromise is difficult to accept on the right, and vice-versa. A democracy is built on compromise. We need to know that. We need to be prepared for that and not try to destroy each other."

K: thank you for your kind words... you are actually saying the same thing I am, just
using different words...the only way compromise can occur is with an open mind... and
few around here have an open mind...the problem with most people is they get invested
in their own thinking... they find there own understanding and self worth in
their ism's and ideologies... we find our self worth in being Americans or in nationalism
or in the ism of religion or in the religion of hate, be it the hate of blacks or jews or women
or other nationalities....we become invested in this thinking....

the right holds their self worth in their ism's of god, country, guns, (in America anyway)
and to deny that is to deny these people their self worth...

we on the left don't hold as much to ism's and ideologies as being a measure of
our self worth.... as an example, I have held 3 different and distinct political
stances and a couple of different economic ones and at least 4 different
philosophical stances......I can change my mind without compromising my
own understanding of who I am...my self worth isn't tied into my
faith in god, country or guns...for I don't believe in any of these...

I believe in justice/equality (for they are the same thing) and I believe
in freedom and I hold that all people are connected in a basic and fundamental
way.... I cannot be unless you are as free as I am.......

but that basic understanding means that we act for the greater good...

I wear a mask when I go outside.... and why?
because to keep me safe, I must keep you safe and mask do that....

I follow the laws, traffic laws for example, because if I don't, say
stop at a stop sign, I might hit someone or some car... and I
engage with people in light of the fact that I believe that
justice and equality requires me to engage with people equally....

I hold to the principle that "all men are created equal" and so, with the
notion of "all men are created equal" I stop at stop signs... I allow
people to walk in the crosswalk...I obey the laws because I am
operating under the principle that "all men are created equal"
and to be treated equal requires I follow the laws.....

my right to act isn't above you or below you, I act equally with you....

the statement that "all men are created equally" isn't just words
on a piece of paper.. it is a call to arms....to engage with
all people equally.. to engage with justice, for equality is justice.......

and within this notion of equality, I reject petty beliefs like
nationalism or bigotry or prejudice or superstitions....

I hold that "all people are created equal" and the way, the only
way to reach this is to expand our notion of being human...
and we do this by seeing such small and limited ideas of tribes,
city-states, nations.... as steps to the next step which is
globalism....

you call it idealism, I call it the natural progression of what it
means to be human....and we can achieve the potential of
being human under globalism as we can under nationalism or
Catholicism or any other bias or ism.......

we look at other people and we see the differences and instead we should
look at other people and be seeing our similarities....

"if you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh?
if you poison us, do we not die? if you wrong us, shall we not seek revenge?"

Shakespeare, the Merchant of Venice......

and if you prick human beings, do they not bleed? or if you tickle all of mankind,
do they not laugh? and if you poison human beings, do they not die?
and if you wrong human beings, do they not seek revenge?

"We the people in order to create a more perfect union".....

WE THE PEOPLE........

in seeking justice and equality and freedom isn't about any "idealism" but
about seeking that which all, ALL human beings desire......

"WE THE PEOPLE" isn't about American's or Catholics or the French or
about the haters of Jews or or people whose self worth is found in
their hate of others..... "WE THE PEOPLE" is about all of us....

as people, not about nationalities or religions or race or gender or creed
or who we love...... it is "WE THE PEOPLE".....

and the only way to hold to "WE THE PEOPLE" is to engage in
globalism....

to accept we are all one......THE PEOPLE...... that isn't idealism,
but in fact, that is reality....

any other ism or ideology is to exclude people and we can no longer
abide by any ism or ideology that exclude others..... because
our motto is, "WE THE PEOPLE"... not we can't accept you because
you love differently then we do or you hold different beliefs then
we do or you pray to a different god then we do... that is excluding....
based upon false and outdated beliefs like nationalism and
religion and hate of others.....

"WE THE PEOPLE" rises above nationalism and religions and race
and other exclusion practices........

"WE THE PEOPLE" that become the only judge of
what it means to be human....

all other beliefs pale in comparison to this one basic belief.....

because other ism's and ideologies don't include all human beings.....

they exclude in some manner....

and that is the seeking that we must finally reach.....

to push past ism's and ideologies to push back to the beginning...

we begin as "WE THE PEOPLE" and then formed tribes and cities and cities/states
and nations... and in the end we return to where we began.....with the realization,
that we are not Americans or Catholics or homosexuals or women or white or
any other description of human beings......

we finally arrive at the point where we started.....

"WE THE PEOPLE".....

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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Bob » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:12 am

Hi,
I’m not such a prolific writer like you but I understand what you’re saying. I appreciate the spirit with which you bring it across, but I think we have to be open to what others are saying about us. I have long seen myself on the left of the political spectrum, but I have come to realise that we also have our blind spots and fail to see, especially when we lack the overall picture.

In the past, especially here in Germany, the left vote has been split between rivalling parties, which in the 1930’s gave rise to the entrance of the National Socialists and strengthened Conservative parties, although the left, together, would have had a majority. History tells how that went wrong. Another aspect that we have to see is how Marxist policies created a with us or against us conspiracy theory and killed many of their own people, much like the French Revolution did, only on a vastly greater scale.

I still see myself on the left side of the political spectrum, but I am aware of the dark shadow that we all have and try to ignore. The lurking dangers are there, which can lead to chaos and war, suffering, and further poverty, if we are not careful. Of course, the right side of the spectrum has its own shadow and we have also seen that in action. It has, even today, the same methods and we have seen it lurking, waiting for its chance, as a book from Philip Roth described about ten years ago.

This all may be the reason why I have embraced Christianity, which helps me combat the shadow whilst holding on to my ideals and helps me focus on the people in need. Nothing is perfect, but some things are better than others to take on the problems we are facing and the separation we are suffering in western democracies. A liberal society may be the best we can achieve, but it is also tender and needs to be cultivated. At the present I feel that many people are too preoccupied by sub-cultural influences to be concerned with cultivation of society. There are too many people pushed out on the edge who become militant and dangerous. It will take a lot to bring people back together.

America has, of course, its own special way. In Europe we have struggled to understand the social policies for a long time. The poverty and suffering should make people care more, but we sometimes get the feeling that the opposite happens. I think that the biggest problem is that the dialogue concerning social policies has broken down and ideology seems to rule. Without that dialogue and the attempt to bring people together, especially those with common interests, there will be no progress. There is a lot to do.
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Re: a new understanding of today, time and space.

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:16 pm

thank you Bob for your thoughtful post.......

let me tell you my goal in what I write...

I am trying, trying to get people to engage in one of philosophy
key maxim... to know thyself....I am trying to get people to wake
up and rethink their own beliefs, hopes, thoughts and what is "meaning"
in their life....

my engagement is not to convert anybody, but to get others to think, to
engage with their own thoughts, to reimagine what it means to be human.....

I write so much because I feel the weight of my years pressing upon my soul...

I am older, 61, and I feel the years left to me are growing short and I must
engage while I still can...I can foresee a point where I am unable to engage
as I do today and it, to be honest, frightens me

the frailty of life, the illness and the suffering of old age, the constant
reminder of death lies in my head and heart...I am not afraid of death as
much as finding out I have more to say and because of my age, being unable
to say it..... what I fear more then death is the loss of mind, dementia and
Alzheimer's are far greater fears to me then just mere death...and I so I write....

my own thoughts are not very original but if I can get even one person to
reevaluate who they are and what is their meaning and purpose in life,
then I feel my thoughts and time spent writing them to be worthwhile....

I have never thought of myself as the chosen one, the bringing of the
new idols.. I have always thought of myself as more of a John the Baptist,
kind of guy... I just herald the coming one who will bring about the new
philosophy and the construction of the beginning of the new philosophy.....

my name and place in history is not today or even tomorrow....
those who will be my champions are probably not even born yet.....

I am a posthumous man.... think of me as being like Nietzsche..
my fame will arise after I have departed from the scene....

but when will that be has yet to be determined and so I write.......

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