• Agree or Disagree: The key the contentment and satisfaction is not circumstances, materialism, or success as the world puts it?

    I have a cousin who has been nothing but accepted by everyone his whole life. He's rich now and he still seems restless and depressed. I've never been accepted even by my own family and I've never known riches yet I feel more content and satisfaction than he does. He may be smart but he's not... show more
    I have a cousin who has been nothing but accepted by everyone his whole life. He's rich now and he still seems restless and depressed. I've never been accepted even by my own family and I've never known riches yet I feel more content and satisfaction than he does. He may be smart but he's not wise enough to realize that all of the things that he chases will never bring him what he wants.
    13 answers · 21 hours ago
  • Is there a utopia that exists out there? somewhere in america perhaps?

    i was born in the mid 70's in england and i grew up watching american sitcoms, such as ' cheers' ' coach' starring craig t nelson....and it put an image in my mind of nice areas in america, married couples living in nice houses with white picketed fences? - that is a utopia to me. my adult... show more
    i was born in the mid 70's in england and i grew up watching american sitcoms, such as ' cheers' ' coach' starring craig t nelson....and it put an image in my mind of nice areas in america, married couples living in nice houses with white picketed fences? - that is a utopia to me. my adult life never worked out the way i hoped sadly, ive had severe mental illness....suffered a lot of bullying...never forged any adult relationships with women, never had a girlfriend......i now live in a council flat in manchester (social housing) - living a lonely isolated life........i don't have a support network except my wonderful mum, she lives miles away. even now, at this juncture of my life, i keep dreaming about that utopia of living in a nice house, in a nice part of america and having a loving relationship with a woman.....living in a house with white picketed fences etc- having a sexy brunette wife. should i just let that Utopian dream go? could i ever achieve something like that or will it sadly always be a fantasy?
    24 answers · 4 days ago
  • (((Philosophy))) What is "CREDIBILITY", and who strives more for truth?

    On the basis of critical thought, who would you believe, a former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, or a Cabinet Minister.
    On the basis of critical thought, who would you believe, a former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, or a Cabinet Minister.
    6 answers · 1 day ago
  • What is the moral dividing line among our young people?

    What is the moral dividing line among our young people?

    Why do some give all in places nobody wants to be (Iran, Afghanistan) while others just take, and scar and ruin?
    Why do some give all in places nobody wants to be (Iran, Afghanistan) while others just take, and scar and ruin?
    5 answers · 7 hours ago
  • Is the world really real?

    Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein. "Nothing is as it seems. Nor is it otherwise." Lankavatara Sutra - Mahāyāna Buddhism There is no greater mystery than this; that being the reality we seek to gain reality. Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 – April... show more
    Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein. "Nothing is as it seems. Nor is it otherwise." Lankavatara Sutra - Mahāyāna Buddhism There is no greater mystery than this; that being the reality we seek to gain reality. Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950) Plato’s cave analogy. Inprisoned inside the cave (Us), prisoners see the shadows on the wall and mistakenly view the shadows as reality. Every now and agian someone awakens to the truth and tries to tell others (Us), but the others respond with anger. http://theologicalstudies.org/resource-l... Greek word "cosmos" Meaning "In The World" functioning apart from God And according to Early Christian gnosticism - "Seraphims" Keter - Crown Divine Plan ~ The Angel of Death. (Read John 7:7) Satan is the ruler of this "cosmos" (John 12:31; 16:11; 1 John 5:19) Islam. The Surah takes its title from the sentence, Wa anzalna' l-hadida, of verse 25. (A study of its subject matter) http://www.englishtafsir.com/Quran/57/ Surah Al-Hadid (its title meaning, 'the iron') talks about the reality of the transient life of this world. Hinduism. (Caught up in Samsara – Maya ~ The Malevolant illusion)
    5 answers · 13 hours ago
  • Is the world real?

    Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein. "Nothing is as it seems. Nor is it otherwise." Lankavatara Sutra - Mahāyāna Buddhism There is no greater mystery than this; that being the reality we seek to gain reality. Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 – April... show more
    Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein. "Nothing is as it seems. Nor is it otherwise." Lankavatara Sutra - Mahāyāna Buddhism There is no greater mystery than this; that being the reality we seek to gain reality. Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950) Plato’s cave analogy. Inprisoned inside the cave (Us), prisoners see the shadows on the wall and mistakenly view the shadows as reality. Every now and agian someone awakens to the truth and tries to tell others (Us), but the others respond with anger. http://theologicalstudies.org/resource-l... Greek word "cosmos" Meaning "In The World" functioning apart from God And according to Early Christian gnosticism - "Seraphims" Keter - Crown Divine Plan ~ The Angel of Death. (Read John 7:7) Satan is the ruler of this "cosmos" (John 12:31; 16:11; 1 John 5:19) Islam. The Surah takes its title from the sentence, Wa anzalna' l-hadida, of verse 25. (A study of its subject matter) http://www.englishtafsir.com/Quran/57/ Surah Al-Hadid (its title meaning, 'the iron') talks about the reality of the transient life of this world. Hinduism. (Caught up in Samsara – Maya ~ The Malevolant illusion)
    20 answers · 6 days ago
  • Which philosophers did Nietzsche like?

    Best answer: There were many, but the main ones are Schopenhauer, Kant, Spinoza, Descartes, Locke, Berkely and Hume, and the ancient Greeks such as Plato, Socrates and especially Heraclitus. He made references to all these in his writings. He was also influenced somewhat by Buddhist philosophy.
    Best answer: There were many, but the main ones are Schopenhauer, Kant, Spinoza, Descartes, Locke, Berkely and Hume, and the ancient Greeks such as Plato, Socrates and especially Heraclitus. He made references to all these in his writings. He was also influenced somewhat by Buddhist philosophy.
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • True or False., You can see the American flag in the moon with the most sophisticated telescope?

    Best answer: Maybe it's not there, because nobody landed on the moon in the sixties. But I'm sure we've been there now after we've created fleets of flying saucers in the military that was recently discovered by someone hacking into the Pentagon's computers.
    Best answer: Maybe it's not there, because nobody landed on the moon in the sixties. But I'm sure we've been there now after we've created fleets of flying saucers in the military that was recently discovered by someone hacking into the Pentagon's computers.
    8 answers · 4 days ago
  • Is this a fallacy?

    Best answer: Yes. It's also just plain stupid, but go ahead and try and see where it gets you.
    Best answer: Yes. It's also just plain stupid, but go ahead and try and see where it gets you.
    4 answers · 1 day ago
  • Should I attribute the allegory of the cave to Socrates or Plato?

    Best answer: Socrates is the most likely candidate for the allegory, since he is "dialogueing" with Plato's half brothers [Adeimantus and Glaucaon] in The Republic [Ti Politea = The Polity. Republic is a bad translation from the Latin (Rex Publica)]. When you combine the Republic's characters with a couple... show more
    Best answer: Socrates is the most likely candidate for the allegory, since he is "dialogueing" with Plato's half brothers [Adeimantus and Glaucaon] in The Republic [Ti Politea = The Polity. Republic is a bad translation from the Latin (Rex Publica)]. When you combine the Republic's characters with a couple of passages in Plato's letters, it looks like Socrates is very arguably the intellectual progenitor of that allegory. Quote:

    PLATO (7th Letter)
    Thus much at least, I can say about all writers, past or future, who say they know the things to which I devote myself, whether by hearing the teaching of me or of others, or by their own discoveries --- that according to my view it is not possible for them to have any real skill in the matter.

    *** There neither is nor ever will be a treatise of mine on the subject [of philosophy; KB.] For it does not admit of exposition like other branches of knowledge;***

    but after much converse about the matter itself and a life lived together, suddenly a light, as it were, is kindled in one soul by a flame that leaps to it from another, and thereafter sustains itself. [Thus the foundation of Plato's Academy for "a philosophical life LIVED TOGETHER" KB]

    Yet this much I know --- that if the things were written or put into words, it would be done best by me, and that, if they were written badly, I should be the person most pained. Again, if they had appeared to me to admit adequately of writing and exposition, what task in life could I have performed nobler than this, to write what is of great service to mankind and to bring the nature of things into the light for all to see?

    But I do not think it a good thing for men that there should be a disquisition, as it is called, on this topic --- except for some few, who are able with a little teaching to find it out for themselves. As for the rest, it would fill some of them quite illogically with a mistaken feeling of contempt, and others with lofty and vain-glorious expectations, as though they had learnt something high and mighty." [end-quote]

    Thus Plato says that he will not write "disquisitions" about Philosophy because in his opinion it has to be done "face to face" in places like the Academy he founded. So, then WHAT ARE THE DIALOGUES, if not disquisitions on philosophy???

    The answer is apparently in Plato's 2nd Letter. Quote:

    PLATO:
    Keep this in mind and take care that you have no occasion in the future to feel remorse for now exposing these doctrines unworthily. The best precaution is NOT TO WRITE THEM DOWN, but to commit them to memory; for it is impossible that things written should not become known to others. This is why I HAVE NEVER WRITTEN on these subjects. [!!! What?!!! KB]

    There is NO WRITING of Plato’s, nor will there ever be; those that are now called so COME FROM an IDEALIZED and YOUTHFUL Socrates. Farewell and heed my warning; read this letter again and again, then burn it. [2nd Letter 314 c]

    All kinds of "scholars" tend to think and assert that some of these letters are forgeries, as well as many of Plato's Dialogues. But I don't believe such "scholars" because Plato historically DID what he suggests ought to be done in these letters. Make a place for philosophy to be done "face to face" and DO NOT write "philosophy" down BECAUSE it will be either held up to be ridiculed or laughed at as non-sense OR it will be considered so "high" that only "brilliant" people can understand/do it.

    So whatever Plato has written is about an "idealized and youthful SOCRATES". [Some translations say "a beautified and rejuvenated Socrates" Others say "a modernized Socrates". Idealized and youthful Socrates is similar; KB] Plato literally says so above. Of course the "scoffers/scholars", as Plato correctly suggests above, really don't think that the REAL PLATO actually WROTE such a thing --- it was a "forgery" (they think). Plato was correct. The written word may always be doubted or corrected or misinterpreted.

    Kevin
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • Who is a better Philosopher René Descartes or Immanuel Kant?

    Best answer: Kant`s had socially applicable aspects.
    Best answer: Kant`s had socially applicable aspects.
    5 answers · 3 days ago