Caprice – Part II

This is a continuation of Caprice and Self Control, which got started really with The Calculus of Decisions.

Every day a person wakes up with a different disposition, with minute chemical changes shifting our moods and hungers.  The world seems largely the same.

The buses keep running, the newpapers arriving.  Television shows cue up and if you show up to your job or not work continues.

Why does this happen?  Is it technology?  The automation of the alarm clock, the unified field of timezones, the changing of stop lights.

Or is it because most people do show up, despite how they feel at that moment.

We consider ourselves to be myopic in the material and cultural sense.  But in ways we do not obey our whims at all.  No amount of active philosophy from an individual can change this.

Therefore although you can control your thoughts, induce your own brimming salvation through the exploding will – a single person’s thoughts alone will not change the here and now.


Quizás el grabado más famoso de la misma serie Caprichos de Goya, con el título El Sueño de la Razón (Produce Montruos)

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2 Responses to Caprice – Part II

  1. activephilosophy says:

    This is a very interesting post. I relate it to the ‘actually, let’s not start from scratch post.’

    If the goal is to create a more aware, critically thinking global populous, then how do exactly do we achieve this.

    Also this relates to the anarchism post. The only real counter point I had to the idea is that it somewhat assumes that society is bad/evil/restrictive. However, how would we have time to think about how to better our lives if we had to procure our own food. This is what they teach in grade school history. Civilization allowed certain people to specialize into certain areas, because they didn’t have to be constantly worrying about their next meal.

    On the other hand you really do have to consider what the benefits of life without government would be like (dualistic thinking). Again, my dad always said this, it seems that key to life is the middle path. No pure anarchism or pure government. The optimum pretty much always seems to lie somewhere in between.

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