One's personality is both a composition and reflection, but if I have to choose one of them, I will choose reflection as the "self" is more important to me than "me". One's composition may change, walking across the cultural landscapes and climbing the social ladder but one's self is tied to one's reflections. The fun part is that reflections are not bound to "Time-Space" barriers ( it is not time-space) and respective mental constructs, which have grown so thick over ages, that they had reduced the image of humans to Sisyphus, rolling different sizes of boulders on hills of different heights.… As the name of this Blog indicates, knols are my perspectives on topics of interests, sweet/bitter experiences or just doodling :)
Monday, November 28, 2011
Fate VS Destiny
Socrates method of philosophical inquiry was to engage in face to face discussion and cross questioning in order to dust off the false images of truths that are filled minds. It is a very effective, noble yet less welcoming method of looking for truth. Only people who loves truths than false imageries tolerate to be questioned about about their world perspectives. Socrates method became unbearble to ruling class of Athens and they despite liking him, forced him to die. I was always impressed by Socrates method and I look to it as most genuine way of looking for truth. Through passage of time it became an essential part of my personality and I can't live without this. Before coming to US, I had in my mind that individuals are tolerant enough to be cross questioned atleast in University but to my astonishment, I found that it is an individualistic society where people dislike to talk about religion and politics. As Science become a new religion so questioning some established theories in Science is like questioning somebody's beliefs. Though, I respect this trends as it is necessary to let people live as they like but Socrates couldn't have sweet times in this environment either.
Life is not meaningless but their meanings are not of equal value:
Everybody looks for some meaning in life but we see the surge of meaninglessness in post modern philosophy. Perhaps this philosophy had more appeals in times immediately after WWII when destructions prevailed and people were killed not for a particular reason but for variety of reasons. However, in a time period when we live and the world is facing different kind of disaster that is uncertain economic future and it is making people think, OK! if life is not about having a good life then what is it about? Certainly, if your efforts, works and dreams of having a good life might be ruined by an economic depression then what to live for? It is a time to realize that life escaping from truth, reality and meaning may decline the spirit of your survival. Definitely, everybody has their own definition of meaning in their life and nobody can challenge the values of those meanings but still we have a general judgment of values of meanings. Let's look at it from a common experience of prices of commodities. Prices of commodities are not stable and they change regularly. The same item's prices change from place to place, due to transportation, taxes, labor, demand and so on. This variation and instability in prices doesn't mean that there is no value of commodities. There are values and most important is the values are never equals. For example, despite of variations in prices we never expect a mug's price equal to house's price. This is what truth is. So is the value and worth of meaning in life. We value swimming for sake of health, enjoyment and may be for earning a living but this is not of equal value of swimming to save lives. We may consider later as heroic. In conclusion, variation in coneption of meaning doesn't mean meaninglessness and second meaning have different values. Living a well-loff life has a high value but higher is valued living for well-off of others and it is why people who share their fortunes and acheivements with others are rewarded as great.
Philosophy and Politics:
Though both disciplines use reasoning but for different reasons. Politicians use reasoning to persuade people. Persuasion is power. Philosophers on other hand, use reasoning to reach the truths or find reality. Truth is satisfaction. Philsophers truths may clash with each other but still they still give their readers a set of logic to grow closer to facts. Politicians on the other hand use the reasoning to blur the facts by mostly fantacizing the facts in order to please people and make them listen as what they want to listen to make persuasion easy.
Fate VS Destiny:
The main difference between fate and destiny is, fate is a life long menifestation of our existence while destiny is bound to future. Our race, culture, place of birth are things that are part of fate which we can't change. Our destiny is our Preferences and visions and desires which we adopt and it is totally depends on our will. Simply we don't have the option of where we begin but we have the option of chosing the direction of ending though we still can't chose our end. One of the unfortunate thing is the divisions and relations of human based on their race, culture and place of birth which they do not have the choices to choose, so people's preferences, visions and desires are affected by these divisions and relations. However, it looks that as globalization is deepening its roots, the preferences, visions and desires are getting more importance.
US progress: Individualism VS systematization:
There is a key difference between systematization and individualism. Individualism benefits most, creative, skillful and people with a fortune and position but system benefits all. Certainly, individuals with creativity and big money benefits more from system but still it serves all in one way or another. So it is creative and rich people along with systematization that has led to progress of US. It is not only creative people and their finaciers that have critical roles but growing system make people to grow especially, credit history, behavior history (with criminal or clean history record) and also Professional history (Academic acheivements, Professional experience, social and leadership participations, publications and awards) make people to abide the law, live socially conscious and work hard for having a better life. Though systematizations have done a very good job in filling gaps atleast at cosmetic level but it couldn't fix the cultural, educational, racial and financial gaps yet.
A serious joke for philosophers:
It is expected from philosophers to solve the real life problems in order to be relevant to real life. What is the biggest question of real life for everybody than becoming a millionair. Though it is true that is the most real question but I would say it is making joke of philosophers. If a philosopher knows, how to make a million dollar, he would be much busy in making money than doing philosophy. What do you think?
Do we need, Utopias?
Utopias are promised ideal times. Though people may think of utopias as philosophical jargons but actually we live with utopian perspectives. Almost all religions have the concepts of utopias. Paradise land or paradise heaven are sorts of utopias. It is not limited to religions only but Sciences and technologies have their own promises. We are dreaming through sciences and technologies to cure all diseases, control populations, colonize the neighboring planets and cope with natural disasters effectively, solve economic problems, have robots work for us and have a parallel digital world where we could move back and forward in time,.... etc. This is a matrix which we keep dreaming of. Again it is not just religion and science which promise us of ideal times but also our politicians who promise a lot and even beyond their capacities. Another example is of national dreams, like American dream, where individuals are encouraged to have a successful careers, an ideal time in one's life. When we look to all these utopias, we can conclude that it doesn't matter either we need them or not but they are here and we all accept one of them. Utopias are collective visions and born out as a result of rebellion to existing ones especially in times of chaos and despairs. Do we need them? It is your decision.