Living Under Oppression

We (who am I referring to?) love the oppression narrative when we love it. We love to appeal to the sympathy of others, to point at the down trodden, to call attention to our pointing at the down trodden, to identify he who is the cause of the down trodden. We love to be the …

The Impossibility of Progress

Says the sage: “Be unwilling to change in regard to the good. Be willing and ready to change whenever the version of the good aimed at shows itself to be inadequate.” Says the pupil: “But I am stuck.” Sage: “Is there nothing that is good to you?” Pupil: “I hesitate to give an answer for …

The Precariousness of Thought

An Argument: P1)Appearances are everything. P2) Reality is nothing. P3)Reality is better than appearance. C) So, aim at nothing. I am interested in how the argument can be read either as a recommendation of giving up or as a recommendation of overcoming. Either one reads the conclusion as the statement of the worthlessness of aiming …