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by Ned
Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: Why is there so much hostility on this site?
Replies: 13
Views: 2282

Re: Why is there so much hostility on this site?

There seems to be a surplus of anger and overwhelming hostility. Rudeness I often wonder what’s in it for them: the rude ones who like to hurt and offend others who never did them any harm? Sometimes I think they must be downtrodden in their own lives and try to compensate, hoping to feel bigger by...
by Ned
Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The meaning of life.
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: The meaning of life.

Dalek, Dubious, thank you for the "welcome back", but I am not really here -- only a very good friend of mine who is also on this forum tells me, from time to time, about some of the debates going on in some of the threads and this time I could not resist making a comment. This time of the year I am...
by Ned
Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The meaning of life.
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: The meaning of life.

Yes, I know , it is bloody Obvious, Leo! However: The simplest things The simplest things are, by far, the hardest to see: we’d rather drown in complications; when we could just simply, happily, be, we choose to suffer in self-created abominations. We invent ideologies, wars, financial meltdowns whe...
by Ned
Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The meaning of life.
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

The meaning of life.

I usually wake up around five and spend another hour in bed before getting up. I use this hour to plan my day (I am retired). This morning I started thinking about winter coming soon and the firewood still out in the yard, seasoning, but it needs to come inside the wood shed because I don’t fancy di...
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Do we have the right to tax people in order to help the poor?
Replies: 209
Views: 15704

Re: Do we have the right to tax people in order to help the poor?

So who should be punished - the perpetrators, their kin, those of their race? Nobody needs to be punished. Punishing has been the bane of civilization. Punishing the poor for being poor, and then punishing them more for resenting it, and then punishing them more for resisting the punishments, and s...
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Atheism or God? - our perception of reality.
Replies: 169
Views: 14158

Re: Atheism or God? - our perception of reality.

Skip wrote: I reserve my outrage for Billy Graham and their various holimesses, the popes, chief rabbis and ayatollahs.
And their apologists -- don't forget the foot soldiers of the holy crusade. :lol:
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' -- a fairy tale
Replies: 16
Views: 2499

Re: Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' -- a fairy tale

Sooner or later, someone literate will reply to this thread.

Till then, the howling chorus is welcome to howl.
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: On human stupidity -- are you aware...?
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: On human stupidity -- are you aware...?

Human stupidity is NEVER aware. Unable to function on a sane, rational, logical level, they take refuge in obscenity, wild rejection, hysterical attack on anything that they feel threatening. So pathetic, that only a competent criminal psychiatrist, neuro-surgeon or a simple straightjacket can contr...
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why are some people filled with mindless hatred?
Replies: 125
Views: 11786

Re: Why are some people filled with mindless hatred?

Why are some people filled with mindless hatred?

Maybe because they are mindless and they like it that way!

Not having to strain the neurons must be very relaxing. :roll:
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Poetry here.
Replies: 1071
Views: 153491

Re: Poetry here.

Vision Adjusting the zoom of my imagination I can observe anything I like: any time, anywhere, there’s no limit, not even the sky. I can watch galaxies collide, black holes sucking in light, colourful nebula spinning on its axis, limitless space: sterile beauty, peaceful, reverent, like an abandone...
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why did God create so many idiots?
Replies: 130
Views: 10137

Re: Why did God create so many idiots?

We all have seen them. They are all over. In government, in military, in business, in the citizenry at large and even on forums. So why did 'god' create so many idiots? Damn if I know. I ask myself this question every single day. Never any answer, only more and more idiots! :cry: Especially on the ...
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 3:25 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is jobs = wage slavery?
Replies: 46
Views: 4004

Re: Is jobs = wage slavery?

And vice versa? I have read pretty well everything Ayn Rand wrote -- including her "Objectivist Newsletters" and all the books she recommended in them. I have read Leonard Peikoff's Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand and The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America . I am painfully awa...
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 3:23 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' -- a fairy tale
Replies: 16
Views: 2499

Re: Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' -- a fairy tale

garygary wrote:Ned,

As always, I appreciate your candor and commitment and feel that you do not deserve the expletives above.
Thank you, gary.

Nobody deserves expletives. Using expletives is an admission of intellectual bankruptcy. :roll:
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is jobs = wage slavery?
Replies: 46
Views: 4004

Re: Is jobs = wage slavery?

garygary wrote: counterpoint to your list of liberal wackos.
...and you read them all, and you are familiar with their writings, to the point where you feel justified in calling them 'wackos'?

Somehow I doubt it. :lol:
by Ned
Wed May 27, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' -- a fairy tale
Replies: 16
Views: 2499

Re: Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' -- a fairy tale

Ayn Rand was born and raised in Russia in a wealthy family -- the wealth came to a sudden end with the Russian revolution. She had her university education there and managed to immigrate to the US in her early twenties. Her cultural background is Russian literature: tragic, sad, violent, often borde...