Posts tagged social construction

Social Construction of the “Self”

Alan Watts' ‘Briefly, the thesis is that the prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of sin is a hallucination which accords neither with Western science nor with the experimental philosophy-religions of the East – in particular the central and germinal Vedanta philosophy of Hinduism. This hallucination underlies the misuse of technology for the violent subjugation of man’s natural environment and, consequently, its eventual destruction.’ Preface to The Book Read more [...]

Education, Work and the Social Distribution of Knowledge

How do you know anything? What is the role of society in that knowledge? ‘Men always love what is good or what they find good; it is in judging of the good that they go wrong.’ Rousseau. ‘If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.’ Henry Ford 'Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.’ Mark Twain ‘Our separate fictions add up to joint reality.’ Stanislaw Lec ‘A person gets from a symbol the meaning he puts into it, and what is Read more [...]

Social Construction of Wealth and Happiness

Wealth isn't only socially constructed. Neither is poverty. Are wealth and poverty only about stuff? How about being wealthy or poor in time? Or in spirit? Pleasure? Love? Friendship? Does the pursuit of wealth in purely monetary terms cause us more problems than the benefits it brings? George Carlin on Stuff to start it off: There are many ways to view the world, each built up by a one's social environment and upbringing. The social construction of childhood: ‘The world’s most Read more [...]

Social Constructions of Beauty

"Anata wa chisai atama!" You have a small head! — a compliment in Japan. So much to the extent that some Japanese wear a five-pound Small-Face-Make-Belt around the head while sleeping. Apparently it helps your head shrink over time. A good example of the role of society in constructing one's idea of beauty. Behind "beauty": Ok, so beauty isn't only an idea constructed by society. It's hard to dispute that Victoria's Secret models are beautiful. But... would they have been beautiful Read more [...]

Poking Fun at Society’s Stories

Today I’m looking at the Social Construction of Reality. How does society construct our reality? Comedians do a good job at pointing it out…

George Carlin: The American Dream

Chris Rock: Can White People Say Nigger?

Eddie Izzard: Do you have a flag?




Life is a Game: Alan Watts & Happiness

I have noticed that in times I'm feeling down, reading or listening to Alan Watts makes me happy again. Why? His deep bellowing laugh and sense of humour? Maybe that's part of it. But really it's his philosophy, it just "clicks" with me. It makes me feel good. Life is a game, says Watts.  When I hear his words the dramas of my ego disappear into the cosmic drama I'm a playing. I remember that everything I know and think, is just a question of how I am looking at it. In his book The Meaning of Read more [...]

Preserving “The Pyramid” – the reason things are the way they are…

"Things are the way they are because they have been designed to be this way," a friend of mine said. "It's all about preserving The Pyramid." What's The Pyramid? Let me tell you... "The Pyramid" (according to my friend) is a method of social, economic and political organisation that is at the core of every human civilisation from the Egyptians to Hindus to Monarchies to Capitalism. All the big political conflicts come down to one thing: The Pyramid. Conflicts are either initiated by Read more [...]

Have you met TED? Introducing “Narratology”

Which Ted? Ted from How I Met Your Mother, or Ted-Talks? While both are wonderful sources of inspiration, today I will using the former to introduce "Narratology". Narratology is the study of narratives, the stories lived and the stories told. The stories in one's head, and the stories that become one's reality. The story of you, the story of your people, your culture, your religion, the story of humanity, the story of the universe... stories surround us. Roland Bathes,  sums up narrative Read more [...]