TODAY'S THEME SONG
If they treat education like a product, they can't very well bitch when you act like a consumer.
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It behooves us to be cautious when particularly taken with any philosopher’s claims, and to consider whether our reaction is due to the logic of his claim or due to the poetry of his words. A beautifully-phrased sentence is an accomplishment in oratory, not philosophy, and the pleasure we take from it should not be mistaken for truth.
The philosopher must be like the architect: to write well is important, but not more important than building an edifice that will not collapse. Some philosophers construct dwellings that seem pleasant to the eye, but are traps for the unwary.
The vajankle – as its name suggests – is the unholy union of a vagina and an ankle… and it’s as disturbing as it sounds.
Unless you have a serious foot fetish that is, in which case, we’d imagine, it’s serious good times.
Sin boutique – the website selling them – explains: ‘These quirky feet have a vagina built right in at the ankle!’
They go on: ‘The vajankle is in the left foot only. You can order the vajankle independently, or as a pair with the standard right foot.’
The smells instantly rushed back this week when London's water authority announced that it had discovered the biggest fatberg yet, a 15-ton mound about the size of a school bus. Thames Water, the public utility that manages the sewers, gave it the historic and oddly momentous title of being "the biggest berg in British history."
we all work on what we wish to work on
(those genuinely under coercion not included)
i happen to think that creating the res publica of a people, the establishment (or re-establishment, or restoration) of a country in the sense of a nation state is an outmoded enterprise with little merit
in order to find more timely and glorious work, it is expedient to review the situation that we find ourselves in first from a larger (global), then from a narrower (personal) perspective
none of what i will say is new
one earth, seven billion people
roughly one tenth of that number do not eat their fill every day of the week
at the same time, ten percent of the population dispose over eighty-five percent of all earthly wealth
within that number, the richest one percent control forty percent of the wealth
man does not live by bread alone
over half the population of the earth live in cities, though mostly not cities in the european sense
and well over half the population strive to realise, in their personal lives, the ideals of the welfare consumer society
lots of food, lots of channels, lots of clutter
estimating the size of the autonomous, adult population who hold their lives and their hands and thus purposefully form them is harder
after a small, highly subjective and far from representative opinion survey and a great deal of pondering i have concluded that such people occur in higher proportion in the third world (brutal existential uncertainty is a strong selection pressure at both the individual and the social levels)
the transitional margin between the autonomous and the slave/slaver group is quite wide and gradual along a number of distinct dimensions
globally, the proportion of autonomous, self-governing adults is somewhere between 0.1 percent and 10 percent
as an incorrigible optimist, i would wager around 1 percent
one in a hundred people
i posit that only sovereign, adult people, who know their own lives and hold them in their hands in order to shape them are capable of authentic political action
i posit that in the present situation authentic political action is impossible without first letting go of all sorts of national or racial phantasmagories, imaginings, emotional tangles
i posit that today, authentic political action may be aimed at the following two targets (possibly among others, i am not making an exhaustive claim here):
firstly, moving fellow humans in the transitional stages between being robots and being people (or half-asleep, or what have you) towards sufficient levels of sovereignity
such actions include raising children, clarity of thinking and speech and the exemplary practice of authentic ways of being
secondly, the strengthening, supporting, mobilisation, vitalisation of the networks, the systems of interrelationships of autonomous people
this includes tribal enterprise, active community building and maintenance, trust-based barter trade and the promotion of communication and cooperation between small sovereign communities
thank you for your attention