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by Fishy Phil
Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: On Consideration of the New Year
Replies: 70
Views: 7936

Happy death of the old year and birth of the new everyone! 2013 was prophesised as the end of the world wasn't it? It seems symbolic - there were heaps of end of the world movies and zombies representing our fear that materialism and consumerism has deadened our souls. It feels to me the start of th...
by Fishy Phil
Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Is there such a thing as an absolute value??
Replies: 95
Views: 11220

Self-preservation is a prerequisite for compassion. Dead people can be passive symbols, but only the living have the chance to actually engage in an act of love. The key is balance. The wealthiest can feel poor and deprived. The poorest can know transcendent value that shames the people who wear ma...
by Fishy Phil
Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Is there such a thing as an absolute value??
Replies: 95
Views: 11220

That's kind of my question . . . why should we love everyone? That would be an absolute value, Why shouldn't I compete with you for resources, or take your wife? Why is compassion the universal response instead of self-preservation at all costs? Well I think that's where the Hippie, New Age and pos...
by Fishy Phil
Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Is there such a thing as an absolute value??
Replies: 95
Views: 11220

Ok so its bit like Descartes wanting to get down to first principles. He came up with "I think therefore I am" because everything could just be a tricky demon manipulating his senses but what is undeniable was him experiencing something with his mind so that's his base. We take it back to the onenes...
by Fishy Phil
Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Joseph Campbell, corporations, technology, and the Internet
Replies: 13
Views: 924

Joseph Campbell's insights concerning the world's ability to adjust to these growing pains and the loss of a mythological perspective I personally think are truly some of the most profound and comprehensive that have ever been offered. And when he applies the concept of " terminal moraine " as one ...
by Fishy Phil
Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Is there such a thing as an absolute value??
Replies: 95
Views: 11220

Well animals are basically working off instinct aren't they. The are really acting in a very programmed way that evolution has designed. Maybe we have cultivated a kind of global empathy because we are not fighting so much to survive anymore having domesticated animals and cultivated grains and havi...
by Fishy Phil
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Joseph Campbell, corporations, technology, and the Internet
Replies: 13
Views: 924

I struggle to read a lot off a screen. I much prefer the relaxed feeling of having a book in my hand. I know researchers have concerns about how the internet is affecting peoples attention span. It worries me a bit with classrooms (and the world) becoming so computerised and digital. As you say to r...
by Fishy Phil
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Joseph Campbell, corporations, technology, and the Internet
Replies: 13
Views: 924

I was thinking of my own hesitancies with technology and the screens I seem to be constantly staring at. Is it natural? Sometimes I think about becoming Amish and just till the soil all day. Working in nature is Gods work. Its helps shut off that thinking part of the brain.
by Fishy Phil
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Is there such a thing as an absolute value??
Replies: 95
Views: 11220

Hi Billy. Big question here. I kind of see it as two competing principles. The transcendent oneness that myth and religion (and now physics) say underlies everything means its natural to have empathy for other people, animals and even nature. Who could ever say that your feelings towards family, fri...
by Fishy Phil
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Joseph Campbell, corporations, technology, and the Internet
Replies: 13
Views: 924

Do you use the internet a lot James? It is great for content with youtube music, clips etc. But I find the internet creates this weird kind of "hunting" sensation where I always have to keep moving my attention. Its almost the opposite of that zen being state.
by Fishy Phil
Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Joseph Campbell, corporations, technology, and the Internet
Replies: 13
Views: 924

That's well written James. I like the light bulb metaphor. The world seems to have almost gotten too "real". Anything that can't be recognised materially is not given much weight or considered superstitious. Maybe this is a natural state where we have swung away from woo-woo thinking into what we th...
by Fishy Phil
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Joseph Campbell, corporations, technology, and the Internet
Replies: 13
Views: 924

Hi James. I suppose a bit like criticisms about McDonalds, I come back to the fact that they are giving people what they want. I still have faith that if things get to a point where it is seriously dangerous with these multi-nationals power, then people will kick back and distribute their cash in di...
by Fishy Phil
Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: General Crosstalk - A Spot for the Odd Comment
Replies: 1992
Views: 95240

It is coincidental that around the time of this holiday season, we are bombarded by JFK programming. One documentary is a persuasive cold case investigation by an Australian homicide detective. The conclusion is not about conspiracy to kill, but a tragic accident and the subsequent cover-up. The mo...
by Fishy Phil
Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: What separates man from the rest of the animal kingdom?
Replies: 50
Views: 6812

I'm the same way. I've tried going Vego for a bit but I always give in. It may sound silly but before I eat meat now I always say "thank you" for giving its life so I can have some delicious ribs. It helps me be a bit more conscious of the flow of life (although I don't know how philosophical I woul...
by Fishy Phil
Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: What separates man from the rest of the animal kingdom?
Replies: 50
Views: 6812

Jane Goodall, famous for working with chimpanzees, (in collaboration with Marc Bekoff), wrote a book called "The Ten Trusts". The trusts are: 1. Rejoice that we are part of the animal kingdom. 2. Respect all life. 3. Open our minds, in humility, to animals, and learn from them. 4. Teach our childre...