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.

Isolation Epidemic

Who wants to collaborate in order to live a longer, healthier life?

The health authority believes we are all slowly dying from a lonely life.

Everyone is so plugged into isolation by driving, working online, using devices like cell phones, tablets, other DVD and cd like devices, the computer is isolating us from each other.

Have you ever noticed the increasing lack of contact when walking through the city streets.

There is a lack of planning for social events with neighbors with in so called community.

People are stopping from touching and feeling each other.

The hug and the kiss are being used less often and with fewer and fewer people.

Don't go touchy-feely on me!

People need to reconnect.

People need to share devices, spaces, watch each other's kids.

A good place to start is at home with a better form of community living.

How do you want to live?

Who do you want to connect with in our dying way?

People die, cities are becoming isolation hubs.

This epidemic is a 'writing on the wall' moment.

We need to reconnect and learn how to live in each other's lives again.

So, unplug from your devices more often, join in on community more often, be in a coop, eat together, play together, learn together.

We need to become better neighbor and friends and co-workers.

We need to reverse the isolation trend.

Anonymity (and good)

You may never see me, but I am present for you.

You may not sense me as a threat and therefore ignore me.  But I shall be ready to help.

You could be emotionally spent.  But I will give you patience and understanding.

You have good and bad behaviour.  But I will be with you when things are good, bad, and ugly.

You may never know my name.

You may never pay me back.

Dude, Flowers and Everything 

Obviously, on a good vibe,

Rolling along the Avenue with a red bouquet of wrapped flowers.

Wearing his white head gear and sunglasses,

His pencil shape, six foot high stature makes this hipster skip to his own beat.

The sun is shining more on him or I am in the shade.

Sight and sound is alive downtown this morning.

[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.

[Pythagorus, Student], What It Means To Lead The Inner Life In A Community

In this dialogue, the father of philosophy, tells his student how to live.  He explores the love of wisdom, love of community and the love of people.  He explains why he left no record or had no answers and made no false promises.  He explains that he does not want to be an enigma but a true student of life and a true collaborator.  

Pythagorus:  What do you want and how can you get it?

Student:  I want to be a philosopher and a great student who lives the simple life and helps with the community to build a better world.

P:  This is good.  But to be a philosopher you must learn to learn.  To learn the simple life, you must have a thirst to know and believe.  To build a better world, you must build a better you!

S:  How can I do all this?

P:  Just live, love and learn.

S:  I believe we are the first to live the inner-life so openly in our community.  We prosper as a group because we build from the inside out.

P:  This is true.  And our word of mouth and brotherhood and sisterhood will grow around the world. I am not going to leave a legacy, I will leave an idea.  Many will believe it is my math because in time, all will see the fruit of this great work.  But it is less obvious what a life well lived will do for the world.   

S:  I thirst to love, learn and live.

P:  We are indeed fortunate that we eat the fruit that will build a heaven within each of us.

Women’s Equality (So hard to do.)

Janis Ian, Between the Lines, at 17…

She cries the truth in word’s so bitter sweet.

We suffer the truth of these words.

We live the life of impressions.

‘Stoic truth’ can stop us all cold.

The breath we take, may make us pray.

Give us all a game to play:

Repent your sins, are ‘obscenities’.

Let women dance, the role of equality.

Pass the torch, virtual or not, like “Star Wars”!

“May the force be with you.”