There are many places to find news and opinions about Israel and the current attacks on Gaza. President elect Obama will have a lot on his plate, much spilling out onto his table, and a lot slopped onto the floor, even before he gets to sit down.
"...Most people are reasonably moral, but there are many that would seek to manipulate any society to serve their own "ends.""
This point was made as part of an explanation of how society, rife with corruption, can be bettered. The argument has been about how society could be bettered. Is it possible, and what strategy should one pursue in order to make it so?
Turns out, there are health benefits involved in exercising. American has the most obese population in the world. Obesity has been related to many health problems. So, what we do for American car makers should take this issue in mind.
How about a little less for bank bailouts, and a lot more for the alternatives to the car, like walking and bicycles.
The following speech was presented on BBC channel 4 in the place of the usual response to a speech by the Queen. There was controversy about its being shown. Many complained that the President of Iran was one thing, and his public presentations another. This is another example of his public presentations.
I've been struggling with James Rachels' The Elements of Moral Philosophy. My difficulty has to do with the underlying presumption of the whole effort. According to Rachels, if we want to understand how to live, what we should be doing, how we are to make decisions about our lives, we need to consider a rather long list of issues. For example, he talks about Subjectivism and the Divine Command Theory.
Given the way he thinks about our lives, it is apparent he thinks we are Zombies. We are zombies, as I have understood it, as the walking undead. Of course, we superficially think of ourselves as alive. But, deep down, we also understand ourselves to be these walkin' undead.
I've been wanting to say something about cars and what to do about our American car makers. Although I'd like to recommend we put tens of billions of dollars into supporting domestic industries, I'm not sure we should put all our eggs into the one "car" basket. That is, I think we have under-invested in mass transit, and allowed these car makers to run rough shod over us.
I'm impressed by cities that have cheap public transportation. When the mass transit is able to get people wherever they need to go, there's a lot less need for personal cars.
This was the idea behind the effort by the car makers and oil companies to buy up and destroy the mass transit systems that were covering cities like Portland since before the turn of the century.
I have wanted to make the citizens of Athens allies of the Teacher. They became suspicious of what Socrates was arguing. They became troubled by what he was saying that gave comfort to the Tyrants and the cause of tyranny. Aristophanes tells us here a story about how people came to be the way they are. His story seems to present in an argument, where Socrates gets his own theory of our reality. His theory, as well as the same theory coming from the Genesis writers, comes out of their understanding of piety. Piety is about obedience to the Gods. Here, people are pious and obedient as they live divided. They are now divided because being unified, they pissed off the Gods. For the Genesis writers, we are pious when we think piously, divided by our previous unified nature of thinking. When we thought unified, as before, according to the Genesis writers, they thought we pissed off the Gods.
Mr. Tracy here portrays one of the Chief Justices of the Nuremberg Trials. The film was about the trial that concerned several of the German judges, guys who should have known better.
Given our own vantage point after the second world war, and having the discussion of that war, its events, and the aftermath, one would think we all should know better. We are all pretty much in the position of these German lawyers and judges.
Any New Philosophy of the 21st Century has to have read its history.
Suppose we lived in a chicken coop. Some of us were foxes. Most of us were chickens. The foxes guarded the coop. As chickens we realize that our lives are endangered by the foxes. Every once in awhile they eat one of us.
What are we to do?
It comes to pass that an agreement is arranged. If the foxes agree to follow certain rules set up for the governance of the coop, the chickens won't complain when every once in awhile the foxes eat some of the chickens.
The arrangement works well. The foxes eat some of the chickens. But, so long as the foxes follow the rules, the chickens don't complain and they don't get frightened.
They lay better eggs when they are calm and lulled into a sense of security.