Philosophy: The Forgotten Subject!

platos-academy-michelangeloPlato’s Academy where the thinkers used to congregate and discuss deep human issues. There should be one in each town!

 

AristotleAristotle: a King among thinkers!

 

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It is sad that, since the times of Ancient Greece, the subject of philosophy has largely been forgotten or deliberately stifled. Most people these days never give a thought to questioning the way we live our lives as people in communities and nations and the world.

No, the status quo is accepted and the rule of a corrupt and divisive economic and political system, one that advantages a handful of the ultra-rich and the powerful, goes on and on with barely a bleat from the proles.

Of course, one of the reasons that questioning of or reflection upon the way the world is organized has to do with our ‘education’. We are taught to accept things as they are because our betters told us that our betters know better and we just have to get on with getting a job, paying our taxes, buying material goods, and accepting whatever our ‘Masters’ tell us.

Our ‘Masters’ are many and come from the ranks of the privileged, the religious institutions, the political institutions, the academic hierarchy, the media barons, the Corporate Robbers, etc.

Yes, we proles are taught not to question or reflect upon what these entities tell us but to do as we are told, fit in, put our minds into neutral gear in case we might actually begin to think for ourselves.

The spectre of thinking proles has long haunted the ‘Masters’. How can you set up a dictatorship and bleed the masses if you have thinking proles? The answer is you can’t! Thinking people are dangerous. They might suddenly get the idea that they deserve an equal share of the earth’s bounty rather than have it all end up in the hands of a few obscenely rich potentates.

They might even reject the idea of twenty years of  education followed by a lifetime of diligent labour and struggle helping to make their employers multi-billionairres. They might question whether going off to die on some obscure battlefield somewhere is really a smart move when the progeny of the Masters generally avoid such situations.

They might even question the tax breaks for the ultra-rich and the spending of their taxes to bail our the ‘too-big-to-fail’ corporations when they make blunders or engage in criminal activities.

Yes, if people began to question and reflect upon the status quo in the style of the Ancient Greeks, who knows what might happen. The sky might fall. God might send plagues of lizards and frogs. There might be chaos.

But the fact is that there is chaos already. Wars are occurring across the world and climate catastrophes increase. We face the prospect of a nuclear war in the Middle East and the collapse of the capitalist system.

But are these things being talked about? Is the media full of dire reports and millions of ideas of how to fix up the mess? No way. Don’t startle the horses is the ruling mantra!

My point is that if we don’t start thinking and reflecting and come up with new ways to conduct human affairs, we will inevitably face a nuclear holocaust and extinction in the near future.

If we don’t wrest the power from the greedy oligarchs and the corrupt political potentates, our goose is cooked, perhaps even overdone.

The truth is: THINK AND ACT QUICKLY OR PERISH.

Ignore my words at your peril!

 

9 thoughts on “Philosophy: The Forgotten Subject!

  1. Even saloons are more and more off-limit to such philosophical conversations because of the move to place loud televisions there, and not allow smoking. In the meantime, this week, the elitist Jewish Rothschild agent, Henry Kissinger, announced that he expects that there will be a nuclear war with (on) Iran, and that this will change the course of human events.

    So, this post of yours is so very, very important. Presently, the psychopaths are in charge.

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  2. In the meantime, popular culture is promoting the police state, and music videos by popular singers such as Rihanna are featuring imagery that conditions Americans, at least, to accept signs of an increasing police state. Lady (ha ha) Gaga (yikes) frequently makes NWO and Illuminati symbols in her musi videos. Formal education is being used to create an ignorant and docile populace.

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  3. Yes, I heard Henry Kissinger, “predict” that there will be a nuclear war in Iran. Talk about predictive programming! Preparing us for the reality Israel is creating.

    Dennis, we need philosophers more than ever. What a shame we don’t still have Philosopher kings. Or, thoughtful rulers. I hear Obama suffers depression and is on anti depressants. He must have some thoughts that bother him. Damn thoughts!

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  4. “Let me have men about me that are fat,
    Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights.
    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
    He thinks too much; such men are dangerous…”

    –Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene 2

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  5. Anony, Sierra and Jeff, the world is paying a heavy price for the indoctrination of the proles. They haven’t got the confidence or the knowledge of how to get rid of the the crooks running the show.

    The crooks, in turn, haven’t got a clue about how to run a world. All they know is greed and killing and seeking ultimate power and, yes, nukes will be used.

    My feeling is that we are well and truly stuffed as a species, up the creek without a paddle in a sinking canoe.

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