Adventures with Ideas: Truth, Beauty, and the Paradoxes of Life.

Archive for October, 2011

Life is short, break the rules…

"Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain ~ Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina.   Read more [...]

Conviction.

Life can be tough. It can be tiring and frustrating. In striving for any goal we face a road of trials. At times its too hard. We throw our hands in the air and shout "I give up!" How do you know when to push through? How do you know when to persevere? How does one come to the conviction that they can, or that they can't? That they are right, or that they are wrong? That they should continue or that they should give up? And how does one find the determination, the motivation, and the energy, to continue Read more [...]

Unknowns

How do you "know" something? How do you know it is "true"? I have been going through old diaries, intrigued by the development of thoughts and ideas through time. The following is a little rant I had in 2009 about knowledge and truth... From the origins of humanity, life and our universe, to the possibility of multi-verses, forces or even beings that are invisible to our senses, some things may always be unknown. For all we know we might be bits inside a computer, replicates of another group of Read more [...]

Evolution not Revolution

I've been thinking about the idea of a "revolution", and wondering why exactly one would want to "revolve" to the beginning, completely start again? What would be the point of bring down The Pyramid, only to have to build one up again? Revolution may not be a dirty word, but it does seem kinda stupid. Capitalism and democracy have done a lot of good for society, from technological advances that enhance the lives of many, to bringing women out of the house, and empowering citizens to have a right Read more [...]

Occupying DC

In DC on Tuesday 18th October, I had a chance to observe and talk directly with protestors, learning more about what they are really about. Camps and protests have been spreading throughout the city, I came across two of them. Each were occupied by a mixed age group, mainly students, retirees, and unemployed. Some had been there a couple of days, others a couple of weeks. Some supporters I met who have jobs join the protest even if just for an afternoon, to show their support. At the first Occupy Read more [...]

“Shareholder Capitalism” VS “Socialised Capitalism”

Why did our political leaders bail out banks (who caused the GFC) rather than the public (who lost wealth and jobs as a result)? Why did governments spend trillions of dollars repairing a system that, in the well-known cycle of booms and busts, is destined to crash once again? Why are they bandaiding problems caught up in a powerbroker system that is visibly failing, rather than following the advice of economists like Joseph Stiglitz, who suggest seizing the opportunity for reform? Why do our political Read more [...]

“Occupy Sydney”

If you're not in Sydney (like me) or can't make it to protest, you can still spread the word about this peaceful protest to change the rules of our global capitalist game. Stop banks and corporations: - reducing humans to commodities - controlling media - funding both sides of wars - destroying the environment SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2:30pm Reserve Bank of Australia Martin Place and Macquarie Street Sydney, Australia Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122116297893189&ref=ts Occupy Read more [...]

“Occupy Wall St” – bringing down The Pyramid?

What is #OccupyWallSt? Who are the 1%? Why did it take the media so long to report on it? What do protestor's want? Are they trying to bring down The Pyramid? Will they succeed? I am teaching a class on the Philosophy of War and Peace in North Carolina, with a specific focus on the Arab Spring. Yet here in America I might be witnessing the greatest revolution of them all: the "OccupyWallSt" movement, and its children. When I showed RapNews to students a few weeks ago, I had no idea that it Read more [...]

Ten ways to change the world

Recently learning about the occupation of Wall Street, I thought it worthwhile to re-post my two cents on ten ways to change the world: Legally: 1. Change corporation law - redefine "corporation" so that they are NOT treated as separate entities in their own right that can be declared bankrupt in and of themselves. Corporation law must be adjusted to hold shareholders responsible for monetary and non-monetary profits and loss. 2. Change finance / stock market laws - in implementing the Read more [...]

Where do good ideas come from?

"Art is the imagination at play in the field of time. Let yourself play." [1] Do you ever wonder where your good ideas come from? Have you ever tried tracing them back to their source/s? When you have writer's block or the equivalent, how do you deal with it? How do you regain your creativity? Tonight I'm meeting with a group of artists to discuss a book called "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. One of the first things she mentions is that you can't teach a person to be creative - you can Read more [...]