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Philosophy is a walk on a slippery rock.
Love of wisdom... or at least the study of fundamental questions, like existence, reason, knowledge, values, mind, self, human nature, and so on. Being named after one of the most important philosophers, and being a naturally curious and introspective person, has always made philosophy an area of interest to me.
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~ Aristotle Sabouni

Philosophy • [2 items]

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - I'm not hugely a fan of self-help books, but this one was better and deeper than I expected, or that the title might imply.
  • The Tiger and the Strawberry - One day while walking through the wilderness a man stumbled upon a vicious tiger. He ran, but soon came to the edge of a high cliff...

Thought • [56 items]

  • 10 Books that Screwed Up the World - This discusses the origins of the failed philosophies that influenced the far left.
  • 2+2≈1984 - This is about 2+2=5, and the mind-fuck in George Orwell's book about Socialism, titled: nineteen eighty-four (1984).
  • 4 Stages of Scientific Discovery - Some folks idealize science and give it a credit for objectivity and integrity that ignores the humanity of scientists.
  • Acupuncture - Acupuncture works beyond the placebo effect, but western medicine can't explain it. But I can.
  • Agnostic - Confessions of a recovering atheist. Where there's reason, there's doubt. Where there's no doubt, there's no reason.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous/12 Steps - 12 Steps are the well-known ways that Alcoholics Anonymous helps guide people out of their dependence on alcohol.
  • Alfie Evans - Another victim of Single-Payer "Healthcare": the NHS pulled the ventilator on an Italian baby to end it.
  • Allegory of the Apes - Apes in a cage will remember lessons, long after they're applicable... like Humans. That's the way it's always been done!
  • Allegory of the Cave - Plato's lessons to help people understand that "perception is reality".
  • Atheism - I joke that Atheism is the idea that first their was nothing, then it blew up. Of course that's a little simplistic.
  • Bible - Whether you are a Christian or not, there are things you can learn for the Bible, if you want to.
  • The Broken Window Fallacy - This is a fundamental concept of economics (and logic) about seen advantages versus unseen costs. There's no "win" here.
  • Buddhism - Buddhism is based on one man's enlightenment, and how the rest of us can achieve it.
  • Bug Out Bag - Emergency Kit, Zombie or Bugout Bag, Prepper Pack, or SHTF (Shit Hits the Fan), it is all the same.
  • Cargo Cult - There is a true story about some South Asian Islanders (Melanesians) that sort of sums up a lot of human behavior.
  • Ch'i or Ki - Ch'i (Chinese) or Ki (Japanese) is the internal force in our bodies, the manifestation of our spirit.
  • Charlie Gard - A victim of Single-Payer "Healthcare", a death paned decided he should die rather than let him go to the States to be saved.
  • Chesterton's Fence - Before you tear a fence down, you should ask why it was built in the first place
  • Confucianism - Confucianism was best summed up by Rodney King, "can't we all just get along?"
  • Driving by watching the rear view mirror - Instead of thinking some people copy what others have done. You're not them. I call this driving by watching the rear view mirror.
  • Ego - People often ignore the importance of their own ego and sense of self, and run on the autopilot of their emotions.
  • Embrace the shake - Phil Hansen spoke at Adobe MAX. His speech hit me profoundly. It’s a fantastic speech/story about how limitations can expand us.
  • Ends and means - Ends and the means: which justifies which? If you do the wrong things, do the reasons really matter?
  • Envy up - There's many that are victims to what I call the “Envy Up” phenomenon.
  • Ethics of a fight - Ethics of a fight: know yourself, and know others. Since nobody wins a fight, the best way to avoid loosing one, is by not getting in one.
  • Fascism - Fascism came from Socialism, called themselves socialists, and acted like Socialists. Some pretend they are "right wing".
  • Fighting Spirit - Fights are often more mental than physical. It is often a battle of wills, based on who has the most to lose.
  • Fool or Fraud - The world is rarely black and white, but some choices are clearly right or wrong, ignorance or evil, a fool or a fraud.
  • Genius is Insanity - Sanity is behaving normal. Genius is abnormal. Geniuses don't behave normal... they are insane.
  • Government and Society - In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote the highly popular Common Sense to lay out why the Colonies should be self governed and independent from the UK.
  • History of Immigration - Why is the immigration fight so bitter today? That history can be summed up as: Democrats lie and polarized the issue.
  • Keep the tiger behind the bamboo - By being a mystery, what people will project on you, is probably far better than the reality. So stay mysterious.
  • Law of the henhouse - Chickens set a "pecking order" (who is the king of the roost), and who is beneath them, and kill anything that's weak.
  • Malevolent liberty or benevolent tyranny - Malevolent liberty is better than benevolent tyranny? The answer defines whether you value ends or means, actions or outcomes.
  • Marxism - Far left ideology that believes in Communism, and that we need revolution (and to tear down the establishment) to fix things.
  • Pacifism - Pacifism: when is fighting is better than the alternative?
  • Peace in the New Year - Here's a simple resolution for the new year (and every New Year): World Peace (or at least heading towards it)., Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
  • Perspective - What angle you look at an issue, and what you omit, can alter what you see. But that doesn't always make it right.
  • Preemptive War - Iraq was the first preemptive war except for all the others.
  • Radical Islamic Terrorism - Radical Islamic Terrorism is a phrase that many on the left can't seem to speak. It exists.
  • Refrigerator Magnet Poetry - My foray into poetry was just to use up a bunch fo refigerator magets. The word constraints helped me say something.
  • Sarah Murnaghan - Sarah Murnaghan died due to a death panel refusing to give an under-12 girl a lung transplant.
  • Shit Happens - Shit Happens: a phrase as old as I am.... using humor to understand the truth.
  • Socialism - Socialism has been the most tried, and most failed government system, next to it's older brother (Tyranny).
  • The Art of War - A simple book, written 2500 years ago, by a relatively uneducated peasant philosopher and General by the name of Sun Tzu.
  • The Tiger and the Strawberry - One day while walking through the wilderness a man stumbled upon a vicious tiger. He ran, but soon came to the edge of a high cliff...
  • Thinking outside the box - People will tell you to "think outside the Box". I learned early on, they don't mean it.
  • Thought Crime - George Orwell wrote his cautionary book titled Nineteen Eighty-Four about what progressive lefists would become.
  • Trolley Problem - A thought experiment where a runaway trolley is going to kill five people, or you can divert to a side track and kill one.
  • Unbendable Arm - As an ex martial arts instructor, I sometimes demonstrate Chi (or Ki), using the Unbendable Arm.
  • Unexplained Phenomena - Things that we don't fully know, or can't fully explain.
  • Unintended Consequences - Every action causes a reaction. Many reactions/consequences are counter productive and make the problem worse.
  • What is God? - Q:What is God? A:Why ask an atheist/agnostic? To me, God is proven by the human need for there to be a God.
  • What's in a name? - Combatting hate speech with intolerance is worse than the alternative: combatting it with education or apathy.
  • You are what you do - Your actions become habits. Your habits define what kind of person you are. You are what you (repeatedly) do.
  • You broke it, you bought it - In foreign policy, "You broke it, you bought it" makes the world a much worse place to live.


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