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Last Conceptual Precis – Zoroastrianism

March 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Zoroastrianism is a religion that originated in Persia, setting aside the more popular belief of pantheism. This is idea was based on the premise of one god, and was the essence of truth and justice.  This religion was founded by a philosopher and priest Zarathustra 1000 B.C.E…  His philosophical idea, was based on the endless battle between good and evil as the world as a battlefield, with the one god fighting the evil one, with their soldiers. It is believed that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity were born of this preceding religion.

This is the first time I have encountered this idea of Zoroastrianism, so to say any of my philosophical views were influenced by this belief would be erroneous. In the light that the three most popular faiths are rooted in this earlier religion, then I have to say indirectly some of my beliefs have been influenced by Zarathustra.

I do find intriguing that in the present day societies, it is viewed that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are so different and in some sense these beliefs have been the source of mistrust and major conflicts within mankind. In the light of this, I would say that most people are ignorant of the idea of Zoroastrianism and its place the parent for our beliefs today.

In the end I am not one for religion, for I see it as a method of control. The many philosophical ideas that are lost in the chaos of ceremony and hypocrisy are with merit. Many of my philosophical views and beliefs find a commonality of the teachings of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, but in the end the truth path to illumination is found within us.


Conceptual Precis VIII – “Race and Racism”

March 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The idea of “Race and Racism” is based on the idea that there is a distinct physiological difference between certain groups and which led to the belief of hierarchical differences. Scientifically this idea has been voided by the evidence that there is as much diversity within the races, as there is between each race.

Race was originally used to classify humans by biological differences, such as skin color. In modern day the term race is more of an idea of differences in socioeconomic groups. “Racism” on the other hand definition has not evolved, and still is defined as a bias against an individual or group who is physiological or socially different.

In my philosophical beliefs “Race and Racism” do not have a home. Their place in society unfortunately is still rooted in fear and misunderstanding, and until we become color blind; we will be forever divided as a species


Conceptual Precis VIII – Capitalism

March 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The idea of Capitalism is a recent concept first mentioned in the 19th century to describe the quick pace of industrialization in Europe.  The term is derived from the word capitals, which is the idea of that people, had the right to privately own property and accumulate wealth.  Capitalism is basically an economic system, whose foundation is profit and growth.

The concept of capitalism in my life is related to the idea of free enterprise, and an economic system that rewards individuals or companies who are innovative. This is a system based on the view that the strong will survive and the weak will perish. My true belief a combination of capitalism and socialism is the best possible type of system. An economic system that rewards innovation and is driven by profit, but not greed, which prevents rewarding everyone in the creation or production of services and products.

In my own philosophical ideas, capitalism rewards people for being innovative, but it also feeds greed, which unfortunately seems to get rewarded to. This prevents any true form of capitalism from existing, with the necessary regulations that are inscribed by governing bodies.

This idea of capitalism in American point of views is generally considered the best economic system available and gives anybody the opportunity to succeed. In other countries capitalism is viewed in the sense that either it is a system that is praised or feared.

The Concept of socialism is an economic system that is built on the idea of public or government owned property. Socialism is seen as enigma to capitalism, but the two can coexist in a planned economy.


Conceptual Precis VII – Essence

February 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Essence in the philosophical sense represents the characteristics that define the existence of an actual thing. In relation to a person it’s our idea and actions the define who we are, not the arrangement of molecules.

Normally I use the term essence to define the qualities that I develop through interaction with someone or something. So essence is an attribute that is endowed on something or someone from my own past experiences.

In the normal uses essence is defined as an intangible, something that is inside that gives it definite qualities. Essence is used in the context of spirituality often in connection with the idea of the human soul.

I believe that our essence as a human being is defined by our ideas, and in what manner we express ourselves.  We can even see this in the way others view us, they create this image of us from their experiences with us or by information received by others.

Existentialism is a philosophical idea that supports the idea that through our actions and thoughts we become who we are. It is our choices the characterize us. Existence precedes Essence.


Conceptual Precis VI – Ideas

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Ideas, what are they?  An idea in the sense of philosophy has been perceived differently.  Plato and Aristotle views on this concept were quite different. Plato believed ideas originated from truths that were attained from some deep spiritual inheritance, while Aristotle thought ideas were born from our senses and through interaction.

Where do Ideas come from? Are they already innate within us from a higher power or is it we are creatures whose minds develop through our senses? Might even be a combination or both as Descartes thought.  In today’s world an Idea is something born from our mind, it can grow into something bigger, it can spread like a virus, or even die, when a better one comes along. In today we treat ideas as property, which can be sold, traded, and even stolen. An idea can change the world, just ask Bill Gates.

Ideas are not innate to our minds but a creation through our experiences. We can take a simple idea and through our ability to reason we can change it into a more complex thing. I believe it is this ability creates something from nothing that is a degree of our humanity.

In my observation and interaction with people, this term has a basic definition of something we think of, or a plan or structure built in the mind. Ideas are considered to be something we own like a piece of land, basically private property.

John Locke’s idea that the mind is a blank slate at birth and what we inscribe on that slate is a product of the world around us and the sensations we experience. This relates to the philosophical idea that ideas come from our senses.


Objectivism and Subjectivism – Conceptual Precis V

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Objectivism and subjectivism in philosophical terms represent two opposite views in the manner of how individuals interact with our immediate world. Objectivism is the beliefs that our perceptions and experiences with the world are determined by the qualities intrinsic to the environment, while subjectivism is centered around the belief that our own perceptions define the experiences we have.

The term objective in my vocabulary is defined as “a belief that is unbiased or undistorted by outside influences” and subjective is defined as “a belief or perception that is shaped from the mind”. My own beliefs that our experiences with the world in influenced by both the intrinsic qualities of the substances we interact with and also our past experiences and perceptions provide a bias that shapes our future experiences. Most people define both these terms in the conventional manner.


Conceptual Precis IV – Meaning

February 10th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The philosophical idea of “meaning” and its relationship to language generally refers to words or set of words that refers to an objects or actions. Words are names, and their meanings are inaccurate due to the vagueness of language. Philosophy searches for genesis of the meaning of words, which they believed fragmented through history, so they can reconstruct a language that is absent of ambiguity.

Meaning in my terms is defined by the context in which words or symbols used to communicate ideas. The true meaning of language is created in the art form of expression.

My belief that purpose is created within an individual and it’s their perception of this that defines them, is related to the same idea that the meaning of things is also defined within us and it’s our perception or belief that truly gives something meaning.

Most people I presented this term to, associated it to defining something as a word, but also delved deeper.  Meaning was more than define a word or passage, but was coupled with symbols, actions, and even life itself.


Conceptual Precis III – Existentialism

January 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Existentialism is a philosophical concept that we live in a universe that we must find purpose in our own lives through our own actions and it is not directed by any external set of guidelines. We are in the end responsible for own decisions, life is what we make it. The meaning of this idea is just the notion of human existence and what the meaning of life is. My beliefs are based on the idea that we through our actions give our lives a purpose, and the choices we make are ours and we are ultimately responsible for the outcome of them.  The meaning of life is relative to each person by what they invest their energy into. A common thread that was found in the definition of existentialism as I talk to others was the idea that it pertained to human existence in the universe and what is our place in the universe. This was somewhat similar to the philosophical meaning, in that it did correlate with meaning of our purpose here in the Universe. The point that was missed was the idea of that our reason for existence c comes from us not the universe. Relativism is the philosophical belief there are no absolute truths, and that your own truth is related to your own experience and perspectives. This tie nicely into existentialism, which is the belief that your purpose in life is derived only from you and it, comes for your on actions.


Conceptual Precis II – Freedom

January 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Freedom, a concept that has had its meaning debated by many philosophers with so many different points of view. The idea of freedom can discussed in the terms of religion, political, or on the basis of humanity itself.  Defined as independent path and pursuit of one’s self-sufficiency, without interference from other’s.  My  freedom is based on the idea of whether I want to believe in god, vote for whoever I want, voice my opinion, or just the opportunity for me to evolve as a person in the manner I choose. Free-will is intertwined in my belief that everyone has the right to make their own choices, and to take responsibility for those choices. This Human freedom should be allowed to all people as long as it doesn’t intrude on the freedoms of others. The concept of liberty is often used interchangeably with freedom, both with a “negative” and “positive” concept. Negative freedom , lack of control or duress,  and positive freedom, tools available for the pursuit of one’s wishes and desires,  relate directly to negative or positive liberties.


Conceptual Precis I – Holism

January 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

In my philosophical point of view, the idea of holism relates to the connection of all life and the part it plays in the system.  The complete systems value as a whole dwarfs the importance of each part. To ever truly understand the purpose of each participant, and then we need to comprehend the whole structure.  The term holism is use generally used in relation to medicine, when treating illnesses. In this context the meaning is directed toward the idea to really understand and treat a patient, you need to understand all aspects of a patient’s life.  It falls short of my view of holism, in which all matter and energy in the universe is connected to one another in the idea that everything has a purpose, but in comparison to the universe as a whole, then true insignificance of each part becomes apparent. In my observations the meaning of holism is been lost to people in the sense that we are part of something greater than ourselves. It is viewed in our society in conjunction with our own importance and that each our worth is related to the components that create us.  My thought is that we are insignificant ourselves, so then the parts that dictate what we are, must be insignificant. The concept of Taoism expresses the idea of interconnection of all things. This belief on connection is also fundamental in my views of holism and how our happiness is based on accepting the role we have in the universe, whether we understand it or not. Go with the flow.