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.

[Teacher and Student], Build Your Brain

In this dialogue, neuroplasticity and behavior is discussed with those learning to live and love.  They explore the responsibility we have to receive fruitful outcomes or growing problems.

Teacher:  There is no good behavior there is only behavior. 

Student:  What does that mean.

T:  Everything you learn, good or bad will change your brain.  The best habits for you may not work on your friend.  The best habits for you today, may not work for you tomorrow.

S:  Does that mean that I may be a good learner today and a bad one tomorrow?

T:  Essentially, yes.  If you do harm, like consume drugs every day.  You may create a bad habit.  If you do good, like learn your work.  You may create a good habit.

S:  Will meditation and exercise and healthy eating and good routine help my overall ability to have better results.

T:  Yes.  And so will a supportive community and connections with people in your life.

S:  Is not this a recipe for Success and failure?

T:  In a way,  we still need to study and learn what is best for ourselves on the day to day basis.  There is no magic about it.  You still need to do the work.

Live, love, learn

What broadband thing do you love, or live or learn?

What is your best belief?

I believe in improving or growing through experience.

If I can learn how to learn, to live, to love…

At my core, I am very thirsty about these three treasures.

I practice by learning something that will improve my ability to live, love and learn.

I strive to stay curious, thirsty and connected to growing in these areas of life.

Cosmology

Step into this wide arena with Stephen Hawking, Terence Chi-Shen Tao, and other thinkers.

Does my brain mimic the universe,nature, truth & beauty?

How would I build this place?

The ‘Devine spark’ is found in this area of activity.

Thought is an activity.

It expresses the whole in miniature.

Unfold a thought to find the parts of the universe.

Compare the parts of thought to the rest (truth & beauty, nature and the universe).

Take the energy out of thought and there is silence .

Is the silence found anywhere a lack of energy?

Is stillness like silence in this way?

Will energy help the parts connect and grow?

Change this universe and what will happen in nature, truth& beauty and thought?

Is there more  beyond this cosmos?

 

 

Love Your Brain, Love Your Life.

What is the big secret?

What is the big picture?

The brain is your body, mind and soul.

When you die, does it matter to you?

It is very important to believe in taking care of your brain through education:  good food, good exercise, and good sleep.

What are you afraid of besides death?

Are you afraid of bad education and other bad habits?

Smoking?  Drugs like alcohol?  A poisonous diet?

Why is it so important to love?

Why love yourself or anyone?

Does it matter if you can live and be all you can be?

How important is taking care of your brain to you?

Don’t you want a better life?

It is important to be skeptical about love and life, but it is more important to love and live.  Is it?

Yes, love, forgive and forget, seek first to understand and then to be understood:  do no harm.

Exercise the mind:  think about the big ideas.

Live, love, laugh.

Are there really any answers?

Keep using your best belief, then when you find a better one, substitute it for the old one (grow up!):  my job.