Month: February 2015

27th February 2015 / News

“The greatest weight.– What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!”

Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?… Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?”

― Friedrich NietzscheThe Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

This is what I have been battling with – and it is called Nietzsche’s Greatest Weight. Fair enough, it could be seen as a thought experiment. However, with my mental ill health this could be seen as how my depression manifests.

22nd February 2015 / Procrastination

Aristotle_Bust_White_Background_TransparentVirtue Theory – or Aristotalianism – identifies right actions as those that a virtuous agent would do, when acting in character.

We know what the traditional virtues are – such as courage, moderation, justice etc. – but ‘virtue theory’ identifies the virtues as those character traits that contribute to eudaimonia. ‘Eudaimonia’ is often understood as ‘flourishing’. Morality bites because of its contribution to our flourishing. We all want to flourish. What is the best way, though without guarantee, to achieving this?

21st February 2015 / Procrastination
16th February 2015 / News
8th February 2015 / Procrastination

For those of a conservation mindset, this is not a post about the order Chiroptera – oh so handy link to that here. This is the bat country I describe in my keeping-it-to-my-chest About Page.

See, I suffer from Schizophrenia and have been going through a relapse recently. Most people confuse schizophrenia with multiple personality disorder – it is not. I compare the symptoms to a life-long acid trip (afterlife long? Or, is that a monotheistic mushroom cult?).

As stated, I have been tripping balls for the past 5 days or so – sometimes with a theme (there is always an aggressive female archetype – make of that what you will).