Jun. 21st, 2017

monk222: (Bonobo Thinking)
I tried hard to make Plato a thing for me, a personal pal and resident in my mindscape, but I have to finally accept that it is not going to happen. I decided to give one of his last dialogues a go, "The Sophist", and I cannot help feeling that this is not the way to spend the remains of my reading life.

I am too old to try to pretend that I am smarter than I am. Just forget formal philosophy altogether. Schopenhauer fell by the side some time ago, by the way, and I have zero intention of picking up Hume, Spinoza, Hegel, any of those boys. As for Plato, my time was not entirely wasted, as there are a few dialogues that are keepers, such as "Phaedrus", "Symposium", "Gorgias", and "Phaedo". They are very accessible and quite poetic.

If I should ever feel tempted again to delve deeper into the Plato-sphere, I think "The Republic" will be as far as I need to go. With one caveat. I might have to give a look at "The Laws", as I take it that he makes some significant developments in his thoughts about good government, becoming less idealistic, possibly even more democratic. I might have to check that out, before I quit fishing in those waters for good.
monk222: (Mori: by tiger_ace)
“We are running out of space, and the only places to go to are other worlds. It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.”

-- Stephen Hawking

It is noted that he doesn't believe we have much longer than another hundred years before matters become catastrophic. I feel like it's the end of the world myself, but my life crashed & burned a long time ago and this might just be wishful thinking on my part.


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