solving a problem in philosophy and daily life with
dead-philosophers, a series by Matt Russell and Nick Gibb
Lost fragments from the difficult ‘Beige Book’
Askphilosophers.org is a website that aims to bridge the gap between trained philosophers and the general public by providing a space for you to ask a question (whether day-to-day or metaphysical) which philosophers attempt to answer using their skills and knowledge. They recently published their second book What Should I Do? edited by Alexander George. This book asks and battles with a large variety of questions about childhood, abortion, death, medicine, rights, government, and moral theories. Is it ever okay to be dishonest? Is it wrong to enjoy violent video games? Does morality truly exist? What is surprisingly lovely about this book is that even if 1000 miles separates you from the person who asked the question or the one who tried answering it, it surely seems like a vast array of issues are similar to all humans. Explore the website to find some answers or ask your own question or get this book to know more.
by Andreas Kitsios, Cyprus, UK
Posted on Inside my alley in March, 2008
The concept of understanding is far more important than the concept of knowing and remembering.
House – “Right I’ll tell her that everything went on without her. Babies were born, people got married, thousands of people will remember the day that she got raped as the happiest day of their lives.”
“We are selfish base animals crawling across the earth. But because we have brains, if we try real hard, we can occasionally aspire to something that is less than pure evil.”
That’s the idea of life. That’s the idea of what we really are. Selfish uncaring animals that cannot foresee or understand the concept of life. We are animals that see everything from our own point of view, we live happiness in our own head, we understand people’s feelings by faking feelings or trying to look back and compare with our own experiences. You see everything in this world is selfish and there is nothing that can change it. We live our life trying very hard, or many of us at least, to acquire wisdom, power, money, something to make us happy, something to make us better than all the rest.
Normalcy doesn’t include happiness. It’s not in the schedule. You always have to look from someone else’s point of view. You’ll never be happy if you only had the minimum and you’d never be happy if you didn’t have something that other people don’t have. It seems to be that our happiness comes from our narcissistic nature that the whole world is about us.