[goddess, god], Myth About Women

In this dialogue, two gods talk about inequality.  It comes up because one calls a grown woman a ‘girl’.  We all do it.  We all think there is something ‘pretty’ about it.  But women leaders are coming out against it because of the way mostly men use the word.  Especially when it is sexual or perhaps insinuating that a woman is less than a man.  No one says ‘look at that boy’ to a grown man anymore.  Anyway, the idea is that it is time to treat women better.  And perhaps, the gods can get the ball rolling…

goddess:  She is just a girl.

god:  For goodness sake, she must be 40 years old.

gs:  Well, she is young for her age.

g:  No, she is definitely a woman with two girls of her own, a shitty job, a husband and a mortgage.  The whole she-bag.

gs:  Well, she will always be my little girl.

g:  F*** You!  Get a life,

gs:  Well, I never heard such language.  Women, like myself and others don’t need a god that hammers away at them.  I don’t give a f*** about the use of language or swearing between consenting adults.  But I guess I think demeaning language makes me think of inequality.  It is better to give up bad language when it supports ideas that are out dated and need reform.  I’ll start calling her a woman and maybe you can drop some of the four letter words.

g:  Sounds good, Karen, and you can call me Bob.  I’m a big believer in cooperation and collaboration.

gs:  Me too Bob.  I guess we should set a good example.  People hang on our every world.

g:  Yes, and we aren’t doing too well ourselves.

gs:  True.  True.

[Plato and the Mathematician], God and Heaven On Earth

In this dialogue, two philosophers use mathematics as a symbol to demonstrate the need to learn about ‘The Good in Itself’.  They abstractly turn to the need for study.  How we need to practice on earth to believe in the universe, God and Heaven. 

Plato:  Above the door, yes, no number can be added to any other.  What do you think this slogan means to our school?

Mathematician:  I liken it to a term we call ‘fractals’ and how combined with basic algebra and imaginary numbers, the infinite can be captured in a design.

P:  Yes, this is a form from the imagination that describes ‘The Good in Itself’.  I subscribe no name to it.  But I honor my friend and teacher:  Socrates.

M:  He is the one who gave his life in the pursuit of love (knowledge of wisdom)

P:  Yes and the students spend ten years learning mathematics to become students and teachers in Cnidus’s school.

M:  Ah, the foundation for Euclidean geometry.

P:  Hmm, I find the sphere to be a remarkable image.

M:  Yes, each geometrical figure is significant.  Spheres produce the least surface area for a given volume composed to any other object of the same volume. So you lend your reason to the language of mathematics?

P:  I believe God will help us learn mathematics to reveal the form in all, here on earth.

M:  Einstein’s equation has produced many modern devices which people consider magical.

P:  It is rational that math is the ultimate language that God gave humanity because He used it to create us and the universe.  We use language to talk about it.  We make things to help us understand form, heaven, god, etc.  Our imagination is hard at work.

M:  Yes do, you will.  It’s very simple a matter to express, but we need to make a commitment to learning about living in this manner.

P:  ‘not yet’, it will take tens and hundreds of generations before we will become one. We will become billions before any change will occur.

M:  But all this growth and progress leads to the proper use of impressions or forms and the use of humanities imagination.  We will learn how to use ‘The Good in Itself’.

P:  Perhaps, like Socrates we will learn to accept death like life.  We will practice what we preach.

 

[Socrates and Plato], Heaven on Earth

In this dialogue, the two philosophers talk about the real and the realm we call the universe.  And the imagined and the realm we call heaven.  We call each other humans here and souls there.  In reality we experience constant struggle and change.  In heaven we experience permanence and eternity.

Plato:  Why can’t humanity learn to understand and apply ‘The Good in Itself’?

Socrates:  Why, yes, it is just a matter of mindset.  ‘The Good in Itself’ would take a lifetime of study to learn and put into practice.  People would need to give up traditional concepts of family and friends for the illusion they really are.

P:  Socrates, you go too far, the people would revolt, if they heard you speak so.  You would be jailed and forced to drink hemlock by the eleven.

S:  Yes, I am afraid you are most accurate my friend.  But I stand by my statement.  The mindset would be one of a ‘not yet’.  This would allow the mindset to progress and grow into a better understanding of ‘The Good in Itself’.

P:  I’m afraid you would create a religion that would be hated by the establishment.

S:  Yes, many would die to produce this religion.  But again, it would be worth while if we could only prevent science from taking the upper hand.

P:  But you must see that science would win out in the end.  The world would be transformed into many amazing devices and many material goods.

S:  Yes, and everyone would exhaust the natural resources on this planet.  Then we would need to use better devices to leave this planet.

P:  I see where you are going you sly fox.  This is the only way to get to heaven.  We must learn about the universe.  We must become citizens of the universe.

S:  Yes, but to approach the end of the universe is the only way to know that heaven exists beyond all we can see and do.

P:  What am I to say to the clever ones?  They will want to figure out how it all works.

S:  Argue with them, let them form their own schools:  always preach peace.  Somewhere, in the future, we will met again.  And then, we will live in heaven.  Perhaps, we will find a way to come back here to better use and appreciate the world.

[Philosopher and Socrates], Death

In this dialogue, two philosophers talk about death.  Socrates about his wisdom to die the best he can.  And the philosopher, who echoes his teacher’s opinion with questions and thoughts on a genuine death.

Philosopher:  Ah, Socrates, you look forward to death?

Socrates:  Yes, I wish to shed my sinning flesh, so I may feel the spiritual with a truly pure heart.

P:  You shy from mortality?

S:  Not at all, it is out of my control.  I give my body freely to experience the ultimate freedom.  I don’t want to die, but it is the best death I can arrange for myself.

P:  But why does knowing when and how you die help?

S:  Hemlock is a tradition.  And agreeing with the Eleven brings me as close to my right time to die as I have ever been fortunate enough to see.  I don’t think I would plan a better death all by myself.

P:  Does this death of yours ring true?

S:  Yes, I believe it does.  Perhaps, others, ages and ages hence, will find fault with it.  But no truer death can I envision for myself.

P:  Alright, I am going to think about my own for a while.  I don’t believe my time will arrive:  not yet anyway!

S:  Farewell and think well about your death and all humanity, who shall join us soon.

[Giver and Taker], Mindset

This dialogue is about two characters that represent a fixed mindset and a flexible one.  Going from a ‘now’ mindset to a ‘not yet’ one is an improvement.  With encouragement and practice we can learn almost anything.  A person of average intelligence can progress through health, money, exercise, relationships and business.  A growth mindset reminds us that reguardless of ability in life, anyone can improve.  But in a relationship, a fixed mindset may led to a break up.  All give and no take will show up sooner or later.  Without some collaboration and cooperation the relationship will end in a failure.

Giver:  I will give you encouragement and support while you improve in life.

Taker:  Good, I want more now, but I can’t get it when I spend all my time and energy on you.

G:  You can loose weight slowly by practicing the good habits that you discover.  Keep working for progress and accept a ‘not yet’ mindset.

T:  My weight is my concern, don’t tell me how to run my life.

G:  I believe in you.  My mindset is all about ‘not yet’.  I am willing to continue with you and invest in our relationship.  I may not get support from you at present.  But I believe you are the one.

T:  Well, you are not the one.  I realize now, I can never love you.  I must move on to someone who can give me a 100%.

G:  Wth my ‘not yet’ attitude, I realize you will not give anything to the relationship.  But now that you want to break it off, I am still willing to meet you more than half way.  I will give you 100%.  I just ask you to try a ‘not yet’ mindset.

T:  You are a crazy person.  I’m going with someone who doesn’t expect me to give until I reach my goal.

G:  I can see you must have a fixed mindset in this relationship.

T:  I’m fixed and focused on my needs, now.  You can’t help by expecting me to put out for you when I am aiming for my success.  I want more money, a better weight, health and fitness, a better business.

G:  I support you 100%.  Why can’t you support me to do the same thing?

T:  Because, I take what is given and I take what is mine.  I work hard.  Don’t you believe in me?

G:  I’m afraid you are loosing me here.  I need support from you, at least a little for a start.  You only act selfishly and without concern for our relationship.  I need to move on to find someone who can support me more.

[Plato and Aristotle], Western Civilization

In this dialogue, two famous philosophers struggle to determine the fate of western civilization.  The first, Plato, talks about his vision of The Cave.  It represents a place where there is just material existence to the shining sun where there is true wisdom.  The second is Aristotle, who believes it is the philosopher’s job to find out how it works.  Two ways the west has embraced for over 2000 years.

Plato: Why do you dwell upon the science, logic and technology?  We are destined to raise ourselves above reality and the material world.

Aristotle:  You dream about religion, mysticism and poetry.  I am carrying a torche which will enlighten the mind to a world of facts.

P:  Why are we here?  What is the purpose of eternity?  These questions help set the mind on a journey to a higher place.  Beyond space and time there is spirit.  A form that is greater than matter.  Can you not look for impressions and use them as a proper aim to shoot your arrow.

A:  We must learn to build and control our environment.

P:  We must teach the proper use of impressions.

A:  Perhaps, it is time for me to leave this school and form my own.

P:  Yes, yes, you must form your own, but I wager a place will form which is greater than both our visions.

[Socrates and Xenophon], Philosophy

 

In this dialogue, two men who are upperclass, discuss the value of philosophy.  Socrates has found that a circle of friends (or followers) and challenging the established norm is necessary to be.  However, Xenophon still prefers to retire. On his estate, he continues to live with his wife and children.  He spends his liesure writing books on hunting, soldering and his memoirs.

Socrates:  A good curiosity is all that’s needed to study and use philosophy.

Xenophon:  Who wants to be told how to live?

S:  You miss the point, you listen and learn.  And become a willing participant in the application of sound philosophical principles.

X:  What about soldering, buisiness of the estate and other interests (hunting, memoirs)?

S:  What about them, listen and learn and apply those principles.

X:  Yes, but isn’t a philosopher a full time job?

S. That we will save for another dialogue.