Why books are no good in philosophy

To use the Socratic method requires being a good guide and connecting with people face to face.

Old technology like books and new stuff like FaceTime, just won’t work.

It is all about making better thoughts to help people make themselves better.

This is the true definition of prosperity or philosophy.

Stoics like Epictetus used the same methods.

Technology isn’t going to advance humanity, humanity is.

Okay, you may not get it.  People only connect, face to face.

This sense of connection delutes isolation and helps with authenticity.

There are many qualities to person to person connections.  Trust is just one of them.

[Socrates and Rich man], On Being A ‘Gadfly’

In this dialogue, the Socratic method is about holding people accountable for their beliefs by questioning them as a guide, who is really wishing them ‘good thoughts’. Socrates compared himself to being a midwife in the sense he tries to guide others to having better thought like having a baby. In fact, he also is said to have called himself a Gadfly of Athens.

Socrates: How important is it to you?

Rich man: Money is a road to power, which I enjoy. It is a form of currency. It circulates like an electric current. And it has power like an electric current. But now, we must state the truth. It is an agreed upon system of coins and bills that a group uses to buy goods. This group is usually a recognized country like the USA that has dollars and coins.

S: Why do you want power?

Rm: Who doesn’t? I crave it. To me, there is never enough money or power. I think I crave the latter more.

S: What do you gain?

Rm: More power. I am in lust with it. I will never have enough. It is intoxicatingly everything.

S: Would you help people with your wealth and power? Maybe, by showing them how to built a well to hold water when they have no water?

Rm: I would need some help.

S: I have a friend who would show you, but you would have to pay a small price for it.

Rm: Would poor people pay me back?

S: I am sure they would when they are able. Do you want to think of other ways to help people?

Rm: Not particularly, but perhaps I could be persuaded for a small price.

S: What did you have in mind?

Rm: A small profit.

S: For you?

Rm: Maybe, and for them too.

S: What would you say to doing it for free?

Rm: I suppose I could afford it.

S: I imagine I could do better by talking to many rich people about it.

What Is Philosophy?

The consolation of the human soul or mind.
The use of proper impressions to reduce vice and increase virtue in the practitioner.
To learn the art of learning, living and loving by doing no harm.
To reduce lose of human life through these good practices in oneself and encouraging same practice in those who are a willing recipient.

What philosophy is not!
It is not an intellectual practice.
It is not a religion.
It is not a cult.
It is not a tool to do harm.

[Alexander and Diogenes], The Greater Freedom

In this dialogue, Alexander the Great, apologizes to the great Cynic Diogenes when each fiery remark enables numerous replies.

Alexander:  If I could be you, I would give up me.  But I am trying to civilize the barbarian hoard into the Grecian way.

Diogenes:  Being free of my ego is better than money, fame or power.  And you will never experience it.

A:  I am sorry you feel this way.  You teach me to be better with less in many ways.  You accomplish more with less by using your mind in difficult good ways.

D:  Exercise the habits of freedom and you will be at peace.

Reading The Mind For Memory

The word convey all sense of the mind. To forgive is to forget and but we must retell and tell (again and again) to remember.

'All is said and done', but what is said is not necessarily done. More merrily, some say, 'do what I say, not what I do.'

A picture may capture part of a memory, but it is in the telling that conveys the whole story. The epic journey is full of life lessons like every life shows many lessons.

Part of recent memory is still well remembered through story: the Bible, the Epic Iliad, and The Epic Odyssey. But word of mouth is not so well recorded that we remember what is said or what is being said.

Here lies the student's duty: to recall the past in both what was said about the senses. And to listen to the present to hear what is not written but needs to be remembered for the future. And still, we need to learn how to practice 'word of mouth'.

Our Mind is like a riddle, what we remember is well and good. But what is not remembered may yet be restored after, a proper examination of the 'proper use of impression'. We who understand how to use the mind will never forget. Let us all be students and teachers on 'how to use the mind'.

What Is Love?

Do the senses do it justice?

Angelic, acoustic, her voice, her beauty…

Sight and sound, story and song all draw us close.

Why do we all stand clear?

How deep do we reflect ourselves?

Are there ways to transmit care, compassion, Constance, calmness, cooperation?

Radiance, joy, stillness and silence.

A hungry touch on a hand or shoulder.

A thirst to connect with one another each and everyday.

 

 

 

[Homer, Ulysses], Ithaca

In this dialogue, the author of the Odyssey has an imaginary talk with the story's main character Ulysses (the Latin name for Odysseus). He is also the author, ascribed by their Ancient Greeks, of the other epic poem called the Iliad. Ithaca is the real place the author ascribes the home or kingdom of the imaginary character Ulysses. Here in the west we still need ways to guide us through our own journey and many people find substance in these two epic poems.

Homer: Well, Odysseus, you are finally coming home from the Trojan War. What shall you do?

Ulysses: I wish you would use my Latin name. And not dwell on the past.

H: I am a poet. My job is to unify humanity.

U: Sure, anything you say, so now I have to go on an epic adventure!

H: Yes, rather than dwelling on the war and anger, I want you to bring us together by illustrating that life is a journey and that god intervenes along the way.

U: Yes, yes, but why does it have to be so long, can't you just let me go home and be done with it. For God's sake, it takes a good twenty years. And what's up with all the gods?

H: Odysseus, 20 years to represent the gods and a person's life is nothing. Humanity must understand that life is full of 'ups and downs' and that the gods or 'what we believe' is important in learning along the way.

U: Well, I'm okay about your message, but I prefer to be called Ulysses.

H: Very well, I wouldn't want to make you angry, again.