Tegus Day Two: No Time for Titles

Was in the archives reading for most of yesterday, heading back now to do the same for most of today… hopefully I can finish enough to start compiling this evening.  Running short on time at the moment, in fact.  All for now.

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Published in: on 28 May 2010 at 9:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Returning from Meaninglessness

Back now from a break in Canada.  Reconnected with people.  Drank too much.  Recharged.

Love in Herodotus.  Pura vida.

Published in: on 6 April 2010 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Disclaimer

Here are some accounts of my recent travels, studies, and ideas.  A lot of it is sarcastic and crude.  Very little, if anything at all, will provide any sort of insight or catharsis whatsoever.  At the very best it may erode you generally as a human being.  Please contact me for permission before using any part of this web log in any way.  Cheers.

Published in: on 4 March 2010 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Objective Altruism

1. There is no right, there is no wrong. There are no truths, only half truths. True Aim” is understanding half truths as they are; “Untrue Aim” is believing them to be truths.  All conflict stems from Untrue Aim, all peace stems from True Aim.

2. Act always to serve others rather than to please them; these are often diametrically opposed paths.  Be aggressively passive and resented more than appreciated, and you will better both yourself and others.

3. There is inclination and there is duty; this is a dichotomy.  If duty is endeavoured out of inclination, it is false.  If duty is endeavoured solemnly, it is service.  Indulging inclination is the path of Untrue Aim, service is the path of True Aim.

4. Emotion is the forbearer of inclination.  It belongs exclusively in private life.  Reason is the forbearer of service.  It should reign in public life.

5. Believing or disbelieving without adequate evidence is indulgence in inclination.  It is Untrue Aim.  Instead be always questioning and critical, this is service and True Aim.

6. In all things, act and speak as though the world was as it should be, not as it is, and in doing so you will help to make it so.  You will be perceived as a fool, a meager sacrifice.

Published in: on 3 March 2010 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Post Brought to You by the Consonent S and the Vowel A

Sagacity……1540s, from M.Fr. sagacité, from L. sagacitatem (nom. sagacitas) “quality of being acute,” from sagax (gen. sagacis) “of quick perception,” related to sagus “prophetic,” sagire “perceive keenly,” from PIE base *sag- “to track down, trace, seek” (cf. O.E. secan “to seek;” see seek). Also used 17c.-18c. of animals, meaning “acute sense of smell.”

Savvy……1785, as a noun, “practical sense, intelligence;” also a verb, “to know, to understand;” W. Indies pidgin borrowing of Fr. savez(-vous)? “do you know?” or Sp. sabe (usted) “you know,” both from V.L. *sapere, from L. sapere “be wise, be knowing” (see sapient). The adj. is first recorded 1905, from the noun.

Salient……1562, “leaping,” a heraldic term, from L. salientem (nom. saliens), prp. of salire “to leap,” from PIE base *sel- “to jump” (cf. Gk. hallesthai “to leap,” M.Ir. saltraim “I trample,” and probably Skt. ucchalati “rises quickly”). The meaning “pointing outward” (preserved in military usage) is from 1687; that of “prominent, striking” first recorded 1840, from salient point (1672), which refers to the heart of an embryo, which seems to leap, and translates L. punctum saliens, going back to Aristotle’s writings. Hence, the “starting point” of anything.

Sanguine……1319, “type of red cloth,” from O.Fr. sanguin (fem. sanguine), from L. sanguineus “of blood,” also “bloody, bloodthirsty,” from sanguis (gen. sanguinis) “blood” (see sanguinary). Meaning “blood-red” is recorded from 1382. Meaning “cheerful, hopeful, confident” first attested 1509, since these qualities were thought in medieval physiology to spring from an excess of blood as one of the four humors.

Sarcasm……1579, from L.L. sarcasmos, from Gk. sarkasmos “a sneer, jest, taunt, mockery,” from sarkazein “to speak bitterly, sneer,” lit. “to strip off the flesh,” from sarx (gen. sarkos) “flesh,” prop. “piece of meat,” from PIE base *twerk- “to cut” (cf. Avestan thwares “to cut”). Sarcastic is from 1695. For nuances of usage, see humor.

Sardonic……1630s, from Fr. sardonique (16c.), from L. sardonius (but as if from L. *sardonicus) in Sardonius risus, loan-translation of Gk. sardonios (gelos) “of bitter or scornful (laughter),” altered from Homeric sardanios (of uncertain origin) by influence of Sardonios “Sardinian,” because the Greeks believed that eating a certain plant they called sardonion (lit. “plant from Sardinia,” see Sardinia) caused facial convulsions resembling those of sardonic laughter, usually followed by death. For nuances of usage, see humor. Related: Sardonically.

Sadism……”love of cruelty,” 1888, from Fr. sadisme, from Count Donatien A.F. de Sade (1740-1815). Not a marquis, though usually now called one, he was notorious for cruel sexual practices he described in his novels.

Published in: on 18 February 2010 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  

New Year’s Resolution

This year I’ve decided to stop being condescending, so I will completely cease using the word “actually” by the end of the year.  Consider this a universal invitation to slap me anytime I use the word.

Next year I’m going to stop being dismissive, and completely cease using the word “obviously”.  Same rules shall apply.

Published in: on 6 January 2010 at 11:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Opinia and Objectivia

Full disclosure, I just made these words up.

I think I’m going to start writing down certain unusual opinions I hold and some important conclusions I have come to in case I am ever captured by rabid orangutans who bring me to a cave and every day beat me with whifflebats until I have suffered amnesia at which point I am allowed to wander out of their island cave of doom and collapse onto the sand and then am rescued by friendly hermit crabs who carry me along the sand and hand me over to dread pirates who at first hate me for my shining lavish hair but eventually make me their leader due to my tremendous proficiency at Arrghing and I take us on a rum-pillaging campaign around the Caribbean and eventually we crash up on an Honduran shore and I wander into an opium den in Utila and someone recognizes me and tells me my name and I google it and find this blog and then I’ll be able to discover some of the things I thought and knew.

Published in: on 2 December 2009 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Objective Altruism (Or: What I Believe In)

We have been discussing in our Media, Peace and Conflict Studies class whether objectivity is possible, whether it is practical, and whether it is good.  I think it can, under the right circumstances, be all three.  In any event, this has been an imperative for me to actually formulate and write down the principles that I believe in.  This is not a prescription for anyone else, just what works for me.

1. There is no right, there is no wrong. There are no truths, only half truths.  “Relative right” is understanding “half truths” as they are; “relative wrong” is believing them to be truths.  All conflict stems from relative wrong, all peace stems from relative right.

2. Act always to serve others and never to please them; these are usually diametrically opposed paths.  Be aggressively passive and resented more than appreciated, and you will better both yourself and others.

3. There is inclination and there is duty; this is a dichotomy.  If duty is endeavoured out of inclination, it is false.  If duty is endeavoured solemnly, it is service.  Indulging inclination is the path of relative wrong, service is the path of relative right.

4. Emotion is the forbearer of inclination.  It belongs exclusively in private life.  Reason is the forbearer of service.  It should reign in public life.

5. Believing or disbelieving without adequate evidence is indulgence in inclination.  It is relative wrong.  Instead be always questioning and critical, this is service.

6. In all things, act and speak as though the world was as it should be, not as it is, and in doing so you will help to make it so.  You will be perceived as a fool, a meager sacrifice.

Published in: on 25 September 2009 at 9:45 am  Comments (1)