[Plato,Philosopher], The Proper Use Of Impressions 

In this dialogue, Plato speaks to a fellow philosopher about the tool of reason and the stain of oratory, opinion and illusion on the practice of virtue.

Plato:  Oratory has the same relation to justice as a Supreme Court judge played by a actor: a mischievous, base interpretation which creates a false impression.  This illusion is fostered by props like costumes and makeup, a beauty without soul, the result of training and discipline.

Philosopher:   This is not reason but emotion.

P:  Yes, an exploitation, politics and makeup appeal to the emotions.

Pr:  We don’t need another Hitler or Mussolini.

P:  We need to practice virtue which is the proper use of impression.  A long view of philosophy, as a guide, along with reason to lead us away from the passion of warring and creating injustice and harm in the world.

Pr:  We need the Philosopher King

P:  Or we need to be more like the philosopher king.

This Amazingly Crazy Wild Powerful Exciting Experience Worth All The Time And Energy You Possess

The horror may awake as a feeling, but the experience is in technicolor.

Or the banality is only a black and white version or a mere reflection of life.

The anxiety of being is real enough to make you itch.

You do connect with people and for the most part, it makes us better doing this little bit.

Many conventions keep us safe from each other.

Our minds invent more and more to produce material and morality for society.

A middle way is something society has been practicing since we lived in society.

But you may believe society is just a cartoon full of cut out characters.

Have you got stage fright? Do you see reality in a bleak way and misunderstand yourself in some basic way?

Move out of your comfort zone (or you may not have this luxury).

Examine life to the fullest and unplug from it all when you do it.

Maybe start by making observations in a journal?

Do you want a better way to live?

If not, go out a find a way that is best for you.

Uncover it. Discover it.

Learn while you go on this ride you may be stuck doing everyday.

Play safe, connect with others as much as you can stand.

But enjoy a little solitude, you may believe life sucks, but there might be a better way.

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.

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.

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.