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Re: White privilege

Postby Karpel Tunnel » Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:29 pm

surreptitious75 wrote:I will settle for accepting myself for who I am even if there exists some contradiction in my psychological / philosophical make up
So I think it is better to not over analyse it but to just let it be because that is the way to achieve contentment [ for me any way ]

I agree, though I also think it doesn't have to be one or the other. IOW one can accept that there are contradictions - and if you don't you suffer more, I think - but you can also actively explore these to see if they can reconcile or even evolve into a combined third position. IOW accepting what is inevitable now does not mean one need stay hands off. Most people deal with contradicitons in themselves by trying to eradicate the contradiction. And that is what we are trained to do. There are other ways to blend, develop, merge, start to overlap splits in the self. Some fall into therapies, like Gestalt therapy or Psychodrama. Most psychodynamic therapies are both aware of our complexity, at least some of it, and have ways to move forward with the different 'parts'. And then there are methods outside of traditional psychotherapies.

Curiosity and a willingness to feel strong emotions are prerequisites, but heck, it's and interesting process and the changes can feel great.
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Re: White privilege

Postby surreptitious75 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:18 pm

What also works for me is a sense of detachment because it is about learning to let go as well as simply accepting who I am
Understanding the big picture which is that this life is only temporary so nothing truly matters in the grand scheme of things

Being interested in the world but not being part of the world so being passive rather than active
Overcoming ones fear of death and finding peace with isolation from others as much as possible

Not being interested in your own opinions too much since they can change over time so just instead let them be
Reducing your external physical voice and your internal mental one too so that the babble is kept to a minimum

Not being shocked by anything human beings say or do whatever it may be but to just accept it as part of their nature
Accepting that the greatest victory will be against yourself and no one else because that is the way to true acceptance

So that is mine but yours may be different and so whatever works for you is what you therefore need to know
Or maybe not if you cannot or do not want to find that inner peace - it all depends on your own state of mind
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Re: White privilege

Postby phyllo » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:50 pm

Understanding the big picture which is that this life is only temporary so nothing truly matters in the grand scheme of things
That "long view" focuses too far away. It has lost all the details.

It matters to a dog if it gets kicked.

Racism, "police brutality", COVID, ...

These things truly matter.
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Re: White privilege

Postby Karpel Tunnel » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:08 am

surreptitious75 wrote:What also works for me is a sense of detachment because it is about learning to let go as well as simply accepting who I am
Understanding the big picture which is that this life is only temporary so nothing truly matters in the grand scheme of things
Well, stuff matters to me. To detach, as you say, in general, is sort of like cutting off a piece of myself to stop suffering. My hand hurts, so I cut it off. I know this is hard for people to get, and there are so many traditions that encourage detachment, but it's not for me. Of course I may find that I no longer care so much about X, but that's different.

Being interested in the world but not being part of the world so being passive rather than active
I guess I find active to be a part of who I am. Again, it would be like cutting off an piece of my. Judging my desires and goals and loves.
Overcoming ones fear of death and finding peace with isolation from others as much as possible
Or one could just get it over quickly with a hand gun.
Not being shocked by anything human beings say or do whatever it may be but to just accept it as part of their nature
But oddly not accepting your own nature, which is active, connecting and connected, has desires and loves and things matter to it.
Accepting that the greatest victory will be against yourself and no one else because that is the way to true acceptance
I see it as quite the opposite: as not accepting yourself, many parts and facets and urges and loves.


So that is mine but yours may be different and so whatever works for you is what you therefore need to know
Or maybe not if you cannot or do not want to find that inner peace - it all depends on your own state of mind
Of course, peace is great. I don't want peace all the time. IOW I also like challenges and excitement. Perhaps there is some sea creature that looks a bit like seaweed and it enjoys a peaceful passiveness only. But then, that's not me. I am working on accepting me. Rather than accepting 'the way things are'. If I can't accept me, how could I possibly, honestly accept others, for example. Since they have desires and loves and goals and yearnings. I am this kind of social mammal, with a love of intimacy and also passion and also urges to accomplish and so on.

It sounds lovely, in a way: acceptance. But if one looks a tiny bit deeper, it is actually a lack of acceptance. Accept what is outside you, but do not accept what is inside you. That is what detachment is. Because we are not detached (as a rule). We are engaged, connected, intimate and/or seeking it, passionate, desiring, emotional creatures. And that is what is closest to me. If can't accept that I am not detached, all further acceptance is tainted.
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Re: White privilege

Postby Mad Man P » Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:40 am

Karpel Tunnel wrote:Generally I agree. I just think hitting the balance point there is not easy. I certainly could avoid products made by companies doing things I don't like even more. How thorough should I be? When should I go without? How do I weigh the effects of my actions. In the first part above you mention survive and thrive. Survive carries a lot of weight. How about thrive. Should I make sure the clothes I get my kid that she wants with a great passion are not made in immoral ways? How much energy should I put in to find out. Perhaps they company pays it's workers a good wage and in good conditions, but the company does other shit financially or politically. How many hours a week should I put in?


You're not wrong, the answers are not readily available...
But you gotta keep in mind that outside the scope and scale of the interpersonal... we are, as individuals, virtually powerless.
Consequently the conversion rate of you sacrificing an interpersonal good, for a grand scale societal or even global good, is atrocious.
So unless your efforts are part of a grander alliance where the sum total pays off in the end, you're just spitting on forest fire hoping to making it rain...

iambiguous wrote:Instead, from my frame of mind, those who empathically say "no!" here, like those who empathically say "yes!", aim more to convince themselves that their own point of view is inherently/necessarily superior. They have thought it all through and now know for certain what moral obligation one does have in regard to "white privilege" in America. Their own.


I've found those who dismiss answers to questions without first considering them, tend to be quite arrogant, categorically refusing to believe anyone else could solve or avoid a problem that they could not.
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Re: White privilege

Postby felix dakat » Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:32 pm

I don't think identity politics is going to provide a solution to the problem of identity politics. It may help different identity groups to gain or lose power, however. And that can result in a redistribution of identity group satisfactions and resentments. Whether the net result reduces intergroup conflict is indeed questionable.

On a local level I observe that relations between the races though far from perfect have never been better. Which is not to say that police abuses don't happen where I live.

Like many revolutions in the past the present one began with technological change. The black lives matter revolution wouldn't be possible without the broad access to cell phones with cameras by ordinary people on the street.

I support the revolution not based on guilt about white privilege but based on human rights and belief in the concept of the equal justice under the law.
The purpose of my life would seem to be to express the truth as I discover it, but in such a manner that it is completely devoid of authority. By having no authority, by being seen by all as utterly unreliable, I express the truth and put everyone in a contradictory position where they can only save themselves by making the truth their own.
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:40 pm

iambiguous wrote:
Again: that's not my point. My point is that even attempts to "think" things like this through are no less existential contraptions rooted in dasein.

One can never seem to know when to stop thinking and, instead, take that "leap" to this or that belief.


Karpel Tunnel wrote: Sure, I know that....but!!!!!!!!

The whole point of my previous post was that you did this already, around the evaluation tough. I am not saying you are 100% sure. But you just said it. It just popped out. It wasn't hard for you to make that evaluation. This happens, actually, quite regularly with you. You also spend a lot of time thinking about other beliefs. I get that.

My point was that you do do this. They are not final conclusions, but they are things beliefs you have held for a long, long time. Yes, you might change, but you just blurt them out without wrestling with yourself.

This doesn't make you a hypocrite. But it does offer a model for allowing yourself to do this more in general.


As per usual with me, I am never quite sure what it is exactly that you are trying to get across to me.

Only that in some way it involves me doing something wrong.

Look, for the longest of time, I was one or another psychologically grounded objectivist. Both God and No God. And it was tough to reconfigure my "self" into a nihilist that had thought himself into believing that his very own human existence was essentially meaningless.

But: along the way I had accumulated any number of things I came to love. Things, in other words, that existentially were meaningful and gratifying and fulfilling. And now the abyss looms larger than ever in taking all of that over the edge into oblivion.

So, sure, for a few hours a day I come into places like this in order to encounter folks who, like me, connect the dots between morality here and now and immortality there and then. Only very, very differently. After all, I have little to lose and a lot to gain if someone manages to tuck me in another direction.

Besides, as a polemicist, I have always enjoyed jousting with words. And, now, in waiting for godot, that becomes just one more distraction.

But, come on, it's here, at ILP. It's not like anything we exchange is going to have an impact much beyond our own infinitesimally tiny internet community.

Still, I respect the intelligence of many who do participate here and it's not out of the question that someone will "break through" and actually spark in me some semblance of....hope?

In regard to white privilege or to any other political conflagration that besets us. Isn't it just always easier to be an objectivist here? My way or the highway? One of us or one of them?


Karpel Tunnel wrote: the objectivists that one can see seem extremely upset, tense, probably have high levels of cortisol in their blood, keep checking news and youtube for things that piss them off and/or scare them. No, not really.

I don't think objectivism is easier. Not in total. In some ways, absolutely. They know their positions. The know or really 'know' that other people are wrong. But then at the same time, this means they MUST avoid noticing their own doubts, information that might call their position into question, the humanity of other people, complexity...that's a lot of intra- and inter-psychic work.


Sure, there's always that.

But all I can do here is to think back on the days when I really did believe that I was in sync with the "real me". In sync further, moral and politically, with "the right thing to do". And while it was often brutal in witnessing first hand the "Sixties" reconfiguring into the "Eighties" -- and look at us now! -- that was nothing compared to losing my grip on all that sustained me by way of feeling comforted and consoled in the self-righteous conviction that only objectivism can provide. Or, rather, did in fact provide me.

But, again, that's just by own personal narrative. No less an existential contraption. Only now it is construed all that much more precariously given the profoundly problematic sense of reality that "I" sustain now.

Karpel Tunnel wrote: Obviously I get worked up also. But I find it easier to notice my own complexity, as far as I can tell, than most other people. I mean, right off the bat I think that we are not monolithic selves. It is not simply that beliefs can change over time, but even that I can have contradictory beliefs at the same time, consciously or otherwise. I think I might be more at ease with this than you, also.


From my frame of mind, being more or less "at ease" is derived largely from the existential juncture that is one's "philosophy of life" and one's "set of circumstances". Ever and always: Here and now. And that is certainly the case in regard to racism in America. One is either more or less politically idealistic. One is either more or less optimistic. One is either more or less impacted by actual racism in their lives.

Each of us is embedded in our own "situation". Out in a particular world derived from actual lived experiences that we may or may not be able to communicate to others. I've just become considerably more cynical in regard to resolutions.

And my own focus [here in a philosophy venue] is less on whether that makes me feel "too unpleasant" and more on the extent to which, given my own take on the human condition encompassed in my signature threads, it still seem to be a reasonable way in which to construe the world around me.
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Re: White privilege

Postby Karpel Tunnel » Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:50 pm

Mad Man P wrote:You're not wrong, the answers are not readily available...
But you gotta keep in mind that outside the scope and scale of the interpersonal... we are, as individuals, virtually powerless.
Consequently the conversion rate of you sacrificing an interpersonal good, for a grand scale societal or even global good, is atrocious.
So unless your efforts are part of a grander alliance where the sum total pays off in the end, you're just spitting on forest fire hoping to making it rain...
this fits what I tend to do. I suppose sometimes I can enjoy spitting on a nefarious product or company also. But then, that is not a sacrifice.
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Re: White privilege

Postby felix dakat » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:28 pm

iambiguous wrote:
iambiguous wrote:
Again: that's not my point. My point is that even attempts to "think" things like this through are no less existential contraptions rooted in dasein.

One can never seem to know when to stop thinking and, instead, take that "leap" to this or that belief.


Karpel Tunnel wrote: Sure, I know that....but!!!!!!!!

The whole point of my previous post was that you did this already, around the evaluation tough. I am not saying you are 100% sure. But you just said it. It just popped out. It wasn't hard for you to make that evaluation. This happens, actually, quite regularly with you. You also spend a lot of time thinking about other beliefs. I get that.

My point was that you do do this. They are not final conclusions, but they are things beliefs you have held for a long, long time. Yes, you might change, but you just blurt them out without wrestling with yourself.

This doesn't make you a hypocrite. But it does offer a model for allowing yourself to do this more in general.


As per usual with me, I am never quite sure what it is exactly that you are trying to get across to me.

Only that in some way it involves me doing something wrong.

Look, for the longest of time, I was one or another psychologically grounded objectivist. Both God and No God. And it was tough to reconfigure my "self" into a nihilist that had thought himself into believing that his very own human existence was essentially meaningless.

But: along the way I had accumulated any number of things I came to love. Things, in other words, that existentially were meaningful and gratifying and fulfilling. And now the abyss looms larger than ever in taking all of that over the edge into oblivion.

So, sure, for a few hours a day I come into places like this in order to encounter folks who, like me, connect the dots between morality here and now and immortality there and then. Only very, very differently. After all, I have little to lose and a lot to gain if someone manages to tuck me in another direction.

Besides, as a polemicist, I have always enjoyed jousting with words. And, now, in waiting for godot, that becomes just one more distraction.

But, come on, it's here, at ILP. It's not like anything we exchange is going to have an impact much beyond our own infinitesimally tiny internet community.

Still, I respect the intelligence of many who do participate here and it's not out of the question that someone will "break through" and actually spark in me some semblance of....hope?

In regard to white privilege or to any other political conflagration that besets us. Isn't it just always easier to be an objectivist here? My way or the highway? One of us or one of them?


Karpel Tunnel wrote: the objectivists that one can see seem extremely upset, tense, probably have high levels of cortisol in their blood, keep checking news and youtube for things that piss them off and/or scare them. No, not really.

I don't think objectivism is easier. Not in total. In some ways, absolutely. They know their positions. The know or really 'know' that other people are wrong. But then at the same time, this means they MUST avoid noticing their own doubts, information that might call their position into question, the humanity of other people, complexity...that's a lot of intra- and inter-psychic work.


Sure, there's always that.

But all I can do here is to think back on the days when I really did believe that I was in sync with the "real me". In sync further, moral and politically, with "the right thing to do". And while it was often brutal in witnessing first hand the "Sixties" reconfiguring into the "Eighties" -- and look at us now! -- that was nothing compared to losing my grip on all that sustained me by way of feeling comforted and consoled in the self-righteous conviction that only objectivism can provide. Or, rather, did in fact provide me.

But, again, that's just by own personal narrative. No less an existential contraption. Only now it is construed all that much more precariously given the profoundly problematic sense of reality that "I" sustain now.

Karpel Tunnel wrote: Obviously I get worked up also. But I find it easier to notice my own complexity, as far as I can tell, than most other people. I mean, right off the bat I think that we are not monolithic selves. It is not simply that beliefs can change over time, but even that I can have contradictory beliefs at the same time, consciously or otherwise. I think I might be more at ease with this than you, also.


From my frame of mind, being more or less "at ease" is derived largely from the existential juncture that is one's "philosophy of life" and one's "set of circumstances". Ever and always: Here and now. And that is certainly the case in regard to racism in America. One is either more or less politically idealistic. One is either more or less optimistic. One is either more or less impacted by actual racism in their lives.

Each of us is embedded in our own "situation". Out in a particular world derived from actual lived experiences that we may or may not be able to communicate to others. I've just become considerably more cynical in regard to resolutions.

And my own focus [here in a philosophy venue] is less on whether that makes me feel "too unpleasant" and more on the extent to which, given my own take on the human condition encompassed in my signature threads, it still seem to be a reasonable way in which to construe the world around me.


The nice thing about your posts, is that no one need bother to refute them. You refute yourself. Then you suggest that others might want to think like you. I haven't seen you offer a compelling reason why anyone should. Finally you often include the caveat "or so it seems to me." And so, I suppose, it does. ; )
The purpose of my life would seem to be to express the truth as I discover it, but in such a manner that it is completely devoid of authority. By having no authority, by being seen by all as utterly unreliable, I express the truth and put everyone in a contradictory position where they can only save themselves by making the truth their own.
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Re: White privilege

Postby Karpel Tunnel » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:10 pm

iambiguous wrote:As per usual with me, I am never quite sure what it is exactly that you are trying to get across to me.

Only that in some way it involves me doing something wrong.
Well, given our history, I can sympathize with that interpretation. Actually here I was saying you were doing something with greater ease than one might think if one read your core position. And that that ease with which you used the term 'tough' might be something that you could allow in more of your beliefs. It wasn't an attack, though obviously I have attacked many a time. I'm not really in the mood to attack. Life is hell for me right now.

But, come on, it's here, at ILP. It's not like anything we exchange is going to have an impact much beyond our own infinitesimally tiny internet community.
Who knows? I remain unconvinced by Western causality. And then even in Western causality there is 'the butterfly effect', of course that could cut any number of ways. We might cause what we don't want, even with a good argument. Western science has a default that things are disconnected unless proven otherwise. That's just a default, a bias. Might be a good one, might not be.


Sure, there's always that.

But all I can do here is to think back on the days when I really did believe that I was in sync with the "real me". In sync further, moral and politically, with "the right thing to do". And while it was often brutal in witnessing first hand the "Sixties" reconfiguring into the "Eighties" -- and look at us now! -- that was nothing compared to losing my grip on all that sustained me by way of feeling comforted and consoled in the self-righteous conviction that only objectivism can provide. Or, rather, did in fact provide me.
Maybe I'm just selfish. And then also, while I certainly connected better with one political team, I found it very hard to be on that team. Always. I mean, I don't like protests. Regardless of how much I agree. Maybe I never could quite identify, even if my values matched or came close. I think I also had the feeling it was all to facile. I don't really associate the 'real me' with my political beliefs. That seems, hm...anyway, not my idea of the real me. Not that my politics have nothing to do with me, it's just not my focus. The real me has to do more with interpersonal dynamics, emotions, my interests. And I see moving towards what feels more like me is more an elimination rather than gathering. Certainly not a gatheringof beliefs,right or otherwise. It's not about finding the right poliitics, not much anyway. It certainly not about finding the right arguments. But about moving away from guilt and self-hate (I shudder to think of how you will take that). I certainly hope if I stop hating myself and stop confusing guilt with love, I will not be a monster. But I don't start from the position 'ok find the moal rules that make one less likely to be a monster.' Thatdemands fragmentation as far as I can tell,once you believe something.

From my frame of mind, being more or less "at ease" is derived largely from the existential juncture that is one's "philosophy of life" and one's "set of circumstances".
I suppose I am focused not on solving problems by finding the right position on things, or the right beliefs, but rather, feeling better or more myself, which includes care for others because I am connected to them,a nd even nature. Perhaps compared to you I never experienced the 'luxury' of a seemingly unified self aligned with one of the labels out there. I do feel more unified than I used to. But I did not have a golden age which I lost.

Each of us is embedded in our own "situation". Out in a particular world derived from actual lived experiences that we may or may not be able to communicate to others. I've just become considerably more cynical in regard to resolutions.
Sure, I think there should be more space for noticing problems with real humility about not knowing solutions. I think Marx had some excellent criticisms of capitalism. His solutions seem pretty damn naive in retrospect. 'You can't complain if you don't have a solution'. I don't agree. (you haven't said this, but it's common, explicitly or implicitly)

And my own focus [here in a philosophy venue] is less on whether that makes me feel "too unpleasant" and more on the extent to which, given my own take on the human condition encompassed in my signature threads, it still seem to be a reasonable way in which to construe the world around me.
At the
risk of seeming to say you are wrong, here I think we are different. Of course I'd like to have a reasonable way to construe the world around me. But it's not quite how I come at things. If I focused on coming up with a reasonable way to construe things, I think it would be mostly in the thinky wordy brainpan. IOW if I made it my project to come up with a reasonable way to construe things, my main project, I would get new words in my head to live up to. Like a ticker tape of correctness. With the rest of me, the bulk of me, in a mess despite the perfect little thoughts. So, I try to focus on the mess and coming together and being less of a mess, as I experience it. This might very well increase my construing reasonably. But that'd be a side effect. AGain, makes me think I am more selfish thought nto necessarily in a pejorative sense. I seem to be able to move towards greater unity over time in my life and if not unity than collaboration between my parts. Compared to younger versions of me. That is my experience over time. Finding right answers and convincing arguments has produced very little as far as I can tell, for me.

I can imagine you asking how do you know you are less a mess or how can I demonstrate to all rational people this is a realer more unified me. Well, good question. But that's not my goal. To demonstrate it to others. I'd like to experience it. I think the best I can manage is to follow what seems to lead me there and it isn't perfect arguments, or the right political party, or first construing reality correctly then aligning the rest of myself with that. That all I experience as rather shallow. In me at least. I could have the best beliefs about women but treat them like shit, in sublte ways or not so subtle ways. Beliefs, shmeifs.

You're an old guy like me. Gestalt therapy was one early approach, where fragmentation is presumed, at least on the surface. One has parts and they don't get along or form allegiances and have tiffs. Let them have at it. The process is not trying to figure out if the part of you that hates your mother is wrong and the part that feels sympthy is right. The point is getting them to BOTH freely express and over time there can be a merging. You have to experience this. It cannot be proved to you and all rational people and I am sure many rational people would not find enough to like fast enough to want to continue. For me it felt right. And in a weird way, I enjoyed it. I liked making internal fights explicit. Everybody in me got to have their say with great passion. Rather than my frontal lobes trying to figure out which one was right and them demanding the others, who never even got to express themselves, do the right thing.

And please don't take this as me thinking you should do gestalt therapy. I am just contrasting us. I seem not to have wanted to step outside myself, figure out what my self should be then try to enforce that. That's fragmentation and every objectivist is entrenched in fragmentation. Most have no process to integrate their own diversity. None. Split, in secret, against themselves. Then they treat others like they treat their own ids.

I know this may be hard to understand. Please ask specific questions about parts you did not follow. If you're interested. Not so that i can convince you to do gestalt therapy, which I don't really do anymore. But rather so I can perhaps make it clear where we differ and how. I don't think you're interested in what I do, as far as you taking it up. Fair enough. But perhaps there might be something useful in understanding the difference.

In the context of the thread, I would certainly prefer to not be racist. But there are parts in me, or 'parts', that are. I could suppress them, hate myself for them, or I can let them express, in private, and see what lies underneath. In a sense accept the parts, but see what is driving them. And the antiracist in me can also have things driving it. and these can be problematic, even if the belief or intention is good. The right virtue signals in its own way, which they don't seem to notice, but I think that term is actually a spot on one for many patterns on the left. It doesn't make their beliefs wrong, but they can be really rather fucked up at the same time. Even racist underneath while espousing their antiracism much of the time.

The goal can be to be good or to be yourself. yes, there are grarly epistemological issues around both of those goals. But the second one is experiential, not didactic.
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Re: White privilege

Postby Ecmandu » Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:29 pm

Karpel,

I have a very straight forward sentence for you about your experientialism psychology/inclination.

Anti-reasoning is not a part of my being. There’s nothing in me there to “express itself in quiet”. That this is true for you, means that you’re drawn to iambiguous because this is a “part of you” that needs to express itself in the innocuous context of a message board. Part of you, like iambiguous, is always arguing that your arguments never mean anything (anti-reason), but you still post them anyways, just like iambiguous —— and that causes self hatred.

I understand why people try to rationalize anti-rationality —— life has denied them in cruel ways, and everyone deserves the best. You’re making an alliance with your captor (Stockholm syndrome)
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:48 pm

felix dakat wrote:The nice thing about your posts, is that no one need bother to refute them. You refute yourself. Then you suggest that others might want to think like you. I haven't seen you offer a compelling reason why anyone should. Finally you often include the caveat "or so it seems to me." And so, I suppose, it does. ; )


No, I don't refute them. I merely acknowledge that "I" in the is/ought world grappling with such value judgments as racism and privilege in any particular community in any particular historical, cultural and experiential context is the embodiment of dasein.

"I" as an existential contraption embodied in a particular subjective/subjunctive narrative interacting with others intersubjectively by way of accumulating particular political prejudices.

Intellectually, the antithesis of objectivism.

In the OP you asked, "as a white male should I feel guilty because I enjoy white privilege?"

I responded:

So, do you?

1] enjoy white male privileges?
2] and, if so, do you feel guilty about it?

And you know me in regard to questions like this:

"I" here is rooted existentially in dasein rooted in a particular historical and cultural context, intertwined in a unique set of circumstances that you may or may not be able to communicate to others.

Also, it still seems to me that neither philosophers nor scientists have at their disposal tools that would allow them to answer questions like this. Answers that, in my view, are the embodiment of political prejudices ever subject to change given new experiences, new relationships and access to new information, knowledge and ideas.


To which you responded...

"I asked first".


Uh-oh, I thought, he's back to being a "stooge" again!

And my main intention here is not to suggest that others ought to think like I do. After all, why on earth would anyone want to?! Why would someone actually choose to feel "fractured and fragmented" in what they have come to construe to be an essentially meaningless existence that, in accumulating any number of cherished existential relationships is then faced with the obliteration of all that he has come to know and love by way of tumbling over into the abyss that is nothingness?
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Re: White privilege

Postby felix dakat » Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:03 pm

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felix dakat wrote:The nice thing about your posts, is that no one need bother to refute them. You refute yourself. Then you suggest that others might want to think like you. I haven't seen you offer a compelling reason why anyone should. Finally you often include the caveat "or so it seems to me." And so, I suppose, it does. ; )


No, I don't refute them. I merely acknowledge that "I" in the is/ought world grappling with such value judgments as racism and privilege in any particular community in any particular historical, cultural and experiential context is the embodiment of dasein.

"I" as an existential contraption embodied in a particular subjective/subjunctive narrative interacting with others intersubjectively by way of accumulating particular political prejudices.

Intellectually, the antithesis of objectivism.

In the OP you asked, "as a white male should I feel guilty because I enjoy white privilege?"

I responded:

So, do you?

1] enjoy white male privileges?
2] and, if so, do you feel guilty about it?

And you know me in regard to questions like this:

"I" here is rooted existentially in dasein rooted in a particular historical and cultural context, intertwined in a unique set of circumstances that you may or may not be able to communicate to others.

Also, it still seems to me that neither philosophers nor scientists have at their disposal tools that would allow them to answer questions like this. Answers that, in my view, are the embodiment of political prejudices ever subject to change given new experiences, new relationships and access to new information, knowledge and ideas.


To which you responded...

"I asked first".


Uh-oh, I thought, he's back to being a "stooge" again!

And my main intention here is not to suggest that others ought to think like I do. After all, why on earth would anyone want to?! Why would someone actually choose to feel "fractured and fragmented" in what they have come to construe to be an essentially meaningless existence that, in accumulating any number of cherished existential relationships is then faced with the obliteration of all that he has come to know and love by way of tumbling over into the abyss that is nothingness?


That I take to be a self-refutation. You think life is meaningless, therefore any meaning you argue for is refuted, including the proposition that life is meaningless as an absolute. Therefore you insinuate your position for others rather than argue for it directly. But there's no logical necessity for them to do that since you've already refuted yourself.

The way I see it, you are simply denying the meaning in which you are embedded by virtue of being a human and all that that implies including its tragedy which you inadvertently affirm with your lamentation of approaching Oblivion.
The purpose of my life would seem to be to express the truth as I discover it, but in such a manner that it is completely devoid of authority. By having no authority, by being seen by all as utterly unreliable, I express the truth and put everyone in a contradictory position where they can only save themselves by making the truth their own.
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Re: White privilege

Postby Karpel Tunnel » Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:01 am

iambiguous wrote: Why would someone actually choose to feel "fractured and fragmented" in what they have come to construe to be an essentially meaningless existence that, in accumulating any number of cherished existential relationships is then faced with the obliteration of all that he has come to know and love by way of tumbling over into the abyss that is nothingness?
This has been answered. Many people will accept all sorts of things (true or not) even though they are horrible, if they help them avoid things that scare them more. And note: people can have illogical fears. It might seem like someone could not fear what you described less than something else, but they can. This may not apply in your case. But you ask this rhetorical question as if it must be the case that no one would chose an extremely pain set of beliefs. But people do this all the time.

Perhaps you wouldn't, but others choose such things. I mean, there are plenty of people who have, within Christianity ended up believing they are going to Hell for their sins. And on no evidence that you would accept as evidence.

So you're claim here is wrong.

You might not, but others might and many do choose or find themselves having really quite horrendous beliefs that they then suffer immensely based on little or no evidence.
And often people will belief things to avoid stuff that seems logically less aweful.
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Re: White privilege

Postby felix dakat » Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:05 pm

Karpel Tunnel wrote:
iambiguous wrote: Why would someone actually choose to feel "fractured and fragmented" in what they have come to construe to be an essentially meaningless existence that, in accumulating any number of cherished existential relationships is then faced with the obliteration of all that he has come to know and love by way of tumbling over into the abyss that is nothingness?
This has been answered. Many people will accept all sorts of things (true or not) even though they are horrible, if they help them avoid things that scare them more.


Right. Total annihilation would be better than eternal torture in hell. And to suppose that nothingness entails suffering is illogical. One must exist to suffer.
The purpose of my life would seem to be to express the truth as I discover it, but in such a manner that it is completely devoid of authority. By having no authority, by being seen by all as utterly unreliable, I express the truth and put everyone in a contradictory position where they can only save themselves by making the truth their own.
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:27 pm

felix dakat wrote:
That I take to be a self-refutation. You think life is meaningless, therefore any meaning you argue for is refuted, including the proposition that life is meaningless as an absolute.


And around and around we go. Over and again, I attempt to explain the manner in which I distinguish between meaning in the either/or world [meaning that we all share because it is clearly demonstrable] and meaning in the is/ought world [meaning derived more from the manner in which I construe a "self" as derived from dasein].

And I challenge you to note where I have ever argued that "life is meaningless as an absolute".

felix dakat wrote:Therefore you insinuate your position for others rather than argue for it directly. But there's no logical necessity for them to do that since you've already refuted yourself.


Huh?!

What on earth is that supposed to mean? Again, in regard to white privilege, you will either note how this is applicable to your life or you won't. Then when I react to this more substantive description, you can note what you mean by the above.

felix dakat wrote:The way I see it, you are simply denying the meaning in which you are embedded by virtue of being a human and all that that implies including its tragedy which you inadvertently affirm with your lamentation of approaching Oblivion.


To me, just more intellectual gibberish.

Note to others:

In the context of white privilege, what do you think he is accusing me of here? What meaning am I denying in regard to my reaction to the question he posed in the OP?

And, in regard to oblivion, what ever and always concerns me is in how my own attitude pertaining to white privilege may or may not be judged such that on the day that I die there is a possibility that oblivion itself reconfigures into one or another rendition of immortality and salvation.

That's always been my "thing" here at ILP in regard to value judgments.
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:58 pm

Karpel Tunnel wrote:
iambiguous wrote: Why would someone actually choose to feel "fractured and fragmented" in what they have come to construe to be an essentially meaningless existence that, in accumulating any number of cherished existential relationships is then faced with the obliteration of all that he has come to know and love by way of tumbling over into the abyss that is nothingness?


This has been answered. Many people will accept all sorts of things (true or not) even though they are horrible, if they help them avoid things that scare them more.


What, because someone provides me with an answer...that settles it? No, what happens here at ILP is that we react to the answers that others give us. Some will seem more reasonable/sensible than others. But when it comes to conflicting value judgments revolving around things like race and privilege, my suggestion is that the answers we all give are derived more from the manner in which I construe the meaning of dasein than in anything that philosophers have been providing us now for thousands of years.

And what frightens me here is that whatever particular political prejudices "I" espouse in regard to race and privilege "here and now", it doesn't change the fact that this is just another manifestation of my belief that my own existence itself is essentially meaningless and that whatever existential meaning I have been able to ascribe to the things I love dearly inches closer and closer to the abyss that is nothingness.

Or, rather, as some seem able to take comfort in, all the way back to "star stuff"?

Karpel Tunnel wrote: And note: people can have illogical fears. It might seem like someone could not fear what you described less than something else, but they can. This may not apply in your case. But you ask this rhetorical question as if it must be the case that no one would chose an extremely pain set of beliefs. But people do this all the time.


Given the gap between what "I" think I know about all of this and all that can be known about it going back to a complete understanding of existence itself, what does it even mean to speak of a logical or an illogical fear? All I can do is to hear out those who say that they fear it less than I do. And when I ask them how and why maybe they can provide me with an answer that tugs me closer to their own frame of mind.

Again, my thing here is always zeroing in not on what someone claims to believe or to think or to know, but on the extent to which they are able to convincingly demonstrate how and why I should believe and think and know the same thing. Especially if it manages to yank me up out of the hole that I have dug for myself.

And it's your own rendition of my "claim" that you insist makes me "wrong".
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:23 pm

felix dakat wrote:Total annihilation would be better than eternal torture in hell. And to suppose that nothingness entails suffering is illogical. One must exist to suffer.


Look, there either is or there is not a God, the God.

And, if there is, He will be the Judge and the Jury in regard to one's fate on the other side of the grave given how one behaved on this side of the grave in regard to race and privilege.

But I cannot pin this God down. Or not anymore. So how on earth would/could I realistically pin down in turn whether nothingness or eternal damnation is preferable? I suspect this too would be embodied in dasein.

And what frightens most of us about oblivion in a No God world, is not the part about not suffering "for all of eternity", but of losing all of the things that we have come to know and love "for all of eternity".

We exist here and now. And for each of us as individuals we have accumulated those things that bring us satisfaction and fulfillment; and those things that bring us misery and travail. What could possibly be more existential than that?

And, sure, for any particular one of us, there may come a point where the pain and the suffering begins to dwarf all that brings us pleasure. We may reach the point where the agony becomes so unbearable that we plead to die. And then nothingness would surely be preferable to Hell.

Though I suspect thinking "logically" here would hardly enter into it at all.
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Re: White privilege

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Re: White privilege

Postby Karpel Tunnel » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:40 pm

Karpel Tunnel wrote:
iambiguous wrote: Why would someone actually choose to feel "fractured and fragmented" in what they have come to construe to be an essentially meaningless existence that, in accumulating any number of cherished existential relationships is then faced with the obliteration of all that he has come to know and love by way of tumbling over into the abyss that is nothingness?


This has been answered. Many people will accept all sorts of things (true or not) even though they are horrible, if they help them avoid things that scare them more.


What, because someone provides me with an answer. that settles it?.
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No, but it has been answered and you never countered it. In other words you as a rhetorical question which is a statement. But it has been responded to before, and you never bothered to refute or try to that answer. But you continue to assert it anyway. IOW you act as if what you said has been determined to be true. You appealed to incredulity. That appeal to incredulity has been answered before. And you never even try to refute it. So I said 'that has been answered'. This is a common pattern of yours. Just like when you accuse people of not giving concrete examples, when they have. There are many other examples of this behavior.

In this specific case you act like what you quoted had to do with racism and priviledge....
No, what happens here at ILP is that we react to the answers that others give us. Some will seem more reasonable/sensible than others. But when it comes to conflicting value judgments revolving around things like race and privilege, my suggestion is that the answers we all give are derived more from the manner in which I construe the meaning of dasein than in anything that philosophers have been providing us now for thousands of years.


That issue, the one you quoted above, that I responded to with 'it has been answered' has nothing to do with race and priviledge.

This kind of not responding is part of why you find people attacking you. You waste people's time.

You actually quoted it. You actually quoted your own writing and my response, and then you go off on a tangent as if what you are writing about is relevent.

I responded to a specific assertion you made in the form of a rhetorical question.

Then you continue not responding with....
Given the gap between what "I" think I know about all of this and all that can be known about it going back to a complete understanding of existence itself, what does it even mean to speak of a logical or an illogical fear?
But that is precisely what you did and which I pointed out. You were saying it would make no sense for someone to take on the beliefs you have about the meaninglessness of life, etc. since they are unpleasant and lead to fractureness and fragmentedness. And I responded there and in earlier posts that people do take on unpleasant beliefs with regularity despite them being unpleasant, often to avoid something. You made an assertion in a rhetorical question that people (why would someone etc.....) take on an unpleasant belief. That is you assuming in a rhetorical question that no one would.

You did it. Ask yourself why, not me. It may very well not fit with your philosophy. But you did it. People contradict themselves. You can't deny saying something by saying 'but I believe X'

You're a waste of a interlocuter. Done. You're no better than Ecmandu.

A couple of solipsists. Him functionally, you it seems literally.

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Re: White privilege

Postby felix dakat » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:27 pm

iambiguous wrote:
felix dakat wrote:
That I take to be a self-refutation. You think life is meaningless, therefore any meaning you argue for is refuted, including the proposition that life is meaningless as an absolute.


And around and around we go. Over and again, I attempt to explain the manner in which I distinguish between meaning in the either/or world [meaning that we all share because it is clearly demonstrable] and meaning in the is/ought world [meaning derived more from the manner in which I construe a "self" as derived from dasein].

And I challenge you to note where I have ever argued that "life is meaningless as an absolute".

felix dakat wrote:Therefore you insinuate your position for others rather than argue for it directly. But there's no logical necessity for them to do that since you've already refuted yourself.


Huh?!

What on earth is that supposed to mean? Again, in regard to white privilege, you will either note how this is applicable to your life or you won't. Then when I react to this more substantive description, you can note what you mean by the above.

felix dakat wrote:The way I see it, you are simply denying the meaning in which you are embedded by virtue of being a human and all that that implies including its tragedy which you inadvertently affirm with your lamentation of approaching Oblivion.


To me, just more intellectual gibberish.

Note to others:

In the context of white privilege, what do you think he is accusing me of here? What meaning am I denying in regard to my reaction to the question he posed in the OP?

And, in regard to oblivion, what ever and always concerns me is in how my own attitude pertaining to white privilege may or may not be judged such that on the day that I die there is a possibility that oblivion itself reconfigures into one or another rendition of immortality and salvation.

That's always been my "thing" here at ILP in regard to value judgments.


I've been down that rabbit hole with you a few times before, it's a dead end.
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Re: White privilege

Postby felix dakat » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:28 pm

iambiguous wrote:
felix dakat wrote:Total annihilation would be better than eternal torture in hell. And to suppose that nothingness entails suffering is illogical. One must exist to suffer.


Look, there either is or there is not a God, the God.

And, if there is, He will be the Judge and the Jury in regard to one's fate on the other side of the grave given how one behaved on this side of the grave in regard to race and privilege.

But I cannot pin this God down. Or not anymore. So how on earth would/could I realistically pin down in turn whether nothingness or eternal damnation is preferable? I suspect this too would be embodied in dasein.

And what frightens most of us about oblivion in a No God world, is not the part about not suffering "for all of eternity", but of losing all of the things that we have come to know and love "for all of eternity".

We exist here and now. And for each of us as individuals we have accumulated those things that bring us satisfaction and fulfillment; and those things that bring us misery and travail. What could possibly be more existential than that?

And, sure, for any particular one of us, there may come a point where the pain and the suffering begins to dwarf all that brings us pleasure. We may reach the point where the agony becomes so unbearable that we plead to die. And then nothingness would surely be preferable to Hell.

Though I suspect thinking "logically" here would hardly enter into it at all.


You don't even know what God is.
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:54 pm

iambiguous wrote: Why would someone actually choose to feel "fractured and fragmented" in what they have come to construe to be an essentially meaningless existence that, in accumulating any number of cherished existential relationships is then faced with the obliteration of all that he has come to know and love by way of tumbling over into the abyss that is nothingness?


Karpel Tunnel wrote: This has been answered. Many people will accept all sorts of things (true or not) even though they are horrible, if they help them avoid things that scare them more.


What, because someone provides me with an answer. that settles it?.
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Karpel Tunnel wrote:No, but it has been answered and you never countered it.


Note the best [or the latest] example of this. I need to note if there is a gap between me not countering it and me not accepting it. And how on earth could I possibly counter someone else's argument that they would choose to be like me when by and large they insist that they are not like me at all.

I must be misunderstanding you. Or you me.

I'm sticking with this:

No, what happens here at ILP is that we react to the answers that others give us. Some will seem more reasonable/sensible than others. But when it comes to conflicting value judgments revolving around things like race and privilege, my suggestion is that the answers we all give are derived more from the manner in which I construe the meaning of dasein than in anything that philosophers have been providing us now for thousands of years.


As for your reaction to it...

Karpel Tunnel wrote: That issue, the one you quoted above, that I responded to with 'it has been answered' has nothing to do with race and priviledge.

This kind of not responding is part of why you find people attacking you. You waste people's time.

You actually quoted it. You actually quoted your own writing and my response, and then you go off on a tangent as if what you are writing about is relevent.

I responded to a specific assertion you made in the form of a rhetorical question.



...I am at a complete loss as to what it has to do at all with the question I posed. The objectivists on both sides have their political prejudices -- "objective truths" -- to fall back on.

You have whatever it is that keeps you from feeling less fractured and frgamented than "I" am. But, me, I'm still drawn and quartered when approaching value judgments of this sort as a philosopher/ethicist.

Re the objectivists, there are the sets of facts that both sides [all sides] accumulate. There are the conclusions they draw from those sets of fact and there is the comfort and the consolation they derive from knowing that in regard to race and privilege [and to every other known conflicting good] they are in sync with the real me in sync with the right thing to do.

As for your own "I" here...I am still at a loss as to how to pin that down. I am unable to think myself into understanding how someone [anyone] who does not believe in either God or objective morality can not be fractured and fragmented in the is/ought world.

Instead, I can only struggle further to understand how you yank your own self up from out of this:

If I am always of the opinion that 1] my own values are rooted in dasein and 2] that there are no objective values "I" can reach, then every time I make one particular moral/political leap, I am admitting that I might have gone in the other direction...or that I might just as well have gone in the other direction. Then "I" begins to fracture and fragment to the point there is nothing able to actually keep it all together. At least not with respect to choosing sides morally and politically.

And that's before we get to the even tougher conflicting goods like abortion and gun control and animal rights and human sexuality.

Given the gap between what "I" think I know about all of this and all that can be known about it going back to a complete understanding of existence itself, what does it even mean to speak of a logical or an illogical fear?


Karpel Tunnel wrote: But that is precisely what you did and which I pointed out. You were saying it would make no sense for someone to take on the beliefs you have about the meaninglessness of life, etc. since they are unpleasant and lead to fractureness and fragmentedness. And I responded there and in earlier posts that people do take on unpleasant beliefs with regularity despite them being unpleasant, often to avoid something. You made an assertion in a rhetorical question that people (why would someone etc.....) take on an unpleasant belief. That is you assuming in a rhetorical question that no one would.

You did it. Ask yourself why, not me. It may very well not fit with your philosophy. But you did it. People contradict themselves. You can't deny saying something by saying 'but I believe X'


Come on, to the best of my knowledge, none of us know for certain how to connect the dots between white skin privilege, the meaning of life and a full and complete understanding of existence itself. And, to the best of my knowledge, we can't even pin down for certain whether this exchange itself is or is not only as it ever could have been.

But here we are anyway.

Hey, what else is there? And my question is still whether others would choose to think like I do if they could continue to think like they do instead. In fact, I have always suspected that other's reaction to me here [including yours] revolves more around the discomfit -- dread? -- of imagining that they did think like I do!

Instead, time and again, I manage only to reduce you down to flustered retorts like this:

Karpel Tunnel wrote: You're a waste of a interlocuter. Done. You're no better than Ecmandu.

A couple of solipsists. Him functionally, you it seems literally.

You've started early on oblivion


Gotcha again, didn't I?

Anyway, I'm undecided: =D> :wink: 8) :lol: =D> :-"
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:55 pm

felix dakat wrote:
iambiguous wrote:
felix dakat wrote:
That I take to be a self-refutation. You think life is meaningless, therefore any meaning you argue for is refuted, including the proposition that life is meaningless as an absolute.


And around and around we go. Over and again, I attempt to explain the manner in which I distinguish between meaning in the either/or world [meaning that we all share because it is clearly demonstrable] and meaning in the is/ought world [meaning derived more from the manner in which I construe a "self" as derived from dasein].

And I challenge you to note where I have ever argued that "life is meaningless as an absolute".

felix dakat wrote:Therefore you insinuate your position for others rather than argue for it directly. But there's no logical necessity for them to do that since you've already refuted yourself.


Huh?!

What on earth is that supposed to mean? Again, in regard to white privilege, you will either note how this is applicable to your life or you won't. Then when I react to this more substantive description, you can note what you mean by the above.

felix dakat wrote:The way I see it, you are simply denying the meaning in which you are embedded by virtue of being a human and all that that implies including its tragedy which you inadvertently affirm with your lamentation of approaching Oblivion.


To me, just more intellectual gibberish.

Note to others:

In the context of white privilege, what do you think he is accusing me of here? What meaning am I denying in regard to my reaction to the question he posed in the OP?

And, in regard to oblivion, what ever and always concerns me is in how my own attitude pertaining to white privilege may or may not be judged such that on the day that I die there is a possibility that oblivion itself reconfigures into one or another rendition of immortality and salvation.

That's always been my "thing" here at ILP in regard to value judgments.


I've been down that rabbit hole with you a few times before, it's a dead end.


Alas, back again to stooge mode. :wink:
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Re: White privilege

Postby iambiguous » Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:56 pm

felix dakat wrote:
iambiguous wrote:
felix dakat wrote:Total annihilation would be better than eternal torture in hell. And to suppose that nothingness entails suffering is illogical. One must exist to suffer.


Look, there either is or there is not a God, the God.

And, if there is, He will be the Judge and the Jury in regard to one's fate on the other side of the grave given how one behaved on this side of the grave in regard to race and privilege.

But I cannot pin this God down. Or not anymore. So how on earth would/could I realistically pin down in turn whether nothingness or eternal damnation is preferable? I suspect this too would be embodied in dasein.

And what frightens most of us about oblivion in a No God world, is not the part about not suffering "for all of eternity", but of losing all of the things that we have come to know and love "for all of eternity".

We exist here and now. And for each of us as individuals we have accumulated those things that bring us satisfaction and fulfillment; and those things that bring us misery and travail. What could possibly be more existential than that?

And, sure, for any particular one of us, there may come a point where the pain and the suffering begins to dwarf all that brings us pleasure. We may reach the point where the agony becomes so unbearable that we plead to die. And then nothingness would surely be preferable to Hell.

Though I suspect thinking "logically" here would hardly enter into it at all.


You don't even know what God is.


Alas, back again to stooge mode. :lol:
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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