- “There will certainly be people who are so ritualised that parents aspiring to raise healthy, low dopamine kids will not want their children to even regard their microsynchronisation, and the demand that these people “Go Away!” must be recognised as reasonable. In societies recovering from such a terrible situation, putting the overwhelming priority on raising as healthy a next generation as possible rather than supporting the convenience of the already profoundly unwell must be correct. So long as the unwell people retain an absolute determination over their own identity, they must accept that others have chosen differently, and are changing everything. There will be inevitable pain as the overwhelming majority recognise that they have been, and are, very unwell indeed. But this must not be allowed to impede recovery.” The Anatomy, Life Cycle and Effects of the Phenomenologically Distributed Human Parasite M0, Bill & Mary Allsopp, Philip Arickx, Alan Carter, James Flynn, Colston Sanger, Charles Tolman,
(For a challenging yet rewarding and insightful read on the strange, ritually-addicted behavior of modern humans, exacerbated by child abandonment to dopamine-stimulating games, computers, and screens, check out:
The Anatomy, Life Cycle and Effects of the Phenomenologically Distributed Human Parasite M0
If you found the challenge of that read rewarding and enriching, there is further challenge and reward here: The Ghost Not Please be advised. The content covered in both of these articles is quite familiar to attentive readers of my articles here. Nevertheless the subtleties and distinctions pointed to continue to challenge me to reread these, and then to take my learning and my attention back to what can only be truly learned by paying attention to reality).
- “There is about wisdom a nobility and magnificence in the fact that she doesn’t just fall to a person’s lot, that each man owes her to his own efforts, that one doesn’t go to anyone other than oneself to find her.” Seneca
- When an honest man finds himself mistaken, he either stops being mistaken, or he stops being honest. – Anonymous –
- Socrates, as quoted by Plato in Phaedrus, talks of Theuth (most commonly spelled “Thoth,” the designer of the Egyptian pyramids, and a greater inventor) who appears before the king of all of Egypt to speak of his invention of writing:
“Most ingenious Theuth,” said the god and king Thamus, “one man has the ability to beget arts, but the ability to judge of their usefulness or harmfulness to their users belongs to another; and now you, who are the father of letters, have been led by your affection to ascribe to them a power the opposite of that which they really possess. For this invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practise their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom, for they will read many things without instruction and will therefore seem to know many things, when they are for the most part ignorant and hard to get along with, since they are not wise, but only appear wise.” Translation by H. N. Fowler (bold italics added)