Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon Dec 12 19:06:03 2005
I hate it because it's too popular

I've been thinking more about the philosophy of some of my friends, because we keep having conversations about it. I have known a number of people with .. survivalist tendencies over the years -- people who feel society shall collapse under its own weight, and the best thing to do is to withdraw and watch people and society die. It seems that techies tend to have the tendency to come to this conclusion often when they philosophise, perhaps because a certain kind of techie is well-read enough and embracing of a literate culture (perhaps Judaist culture can be understood to be the most familiar literate culture, with techie culture being another culture that has reached that point) to be near the level of thinking that the beginnings of philosophy are low-hanging fruit for them. The greatest achievement of technology isn't necessarily the electronics itself (although wikis, blogs, and IM/txting all are things that fundamentally alter society), it's more that this pervasive technology is cool enough to draw people to wrap their head around it, and complex enough that it stretches their brain in that wrapping. Geeks are invading philosophy, but they represent iconoclastic barbarians, not a new golden age. Geeks, after all, have the tendencies of an engineer -- if it works, they generally will stick with it, and it's hard for a philosophy not to work when the people intelligent enough to challenge the geeks are so scarce. A massive growth of Libertarianism is an unfortunately common result of this kind of wannabe philosopherism -- it does not examine its origins, its value theory, and if philosophies were icebergs, it would be notable for being the only iceberg without depth. Degenerate philosophy resembles philosophy inside religion -- it fears its origins, fears questions of why, and shapes its adherents against inquiry that may lead them out of it. I've come to the conclusion that although reading philosophy is not, strictly speaking, necessary to create good philosophy, it is a form of therapy for naive ideas one may have that lead to bad philosophy. As a result, I try to push my friends who would be active in the field of philosophy (or political discussions) to read as much as possible, and to chew on the ideas they get.

I wish I were dating an artist again (dating might not be bad period.. it's been about 8 months..) -- I have an idea for an art piece, but it's one of those edgy things and it needs two people to make it. The idea came up at lunch today with a friend.

I've had the song "Run Away" from Monty Python's musical Spamalot stuck in my head recently. The William Tell Overture certainly has lasted the centuries. I suspect almost none of today's pop music will last that long.. I wonder what pieces of music from the 20th century will make it into, say, the 23rd century. Scott Joplin, although belonging to both the 20th and 19th century, probably has a good shot, as does a lot of Jazz. I'll go further and say that the 20th century will be known in the centuries to come as the century of Jazz. It may be that this century's hip-hop will similarly survive.

Don't forget -- Dean Grey Tuesday is tomorrow!

Something I have observed - any song where the word "Freedom" is more than 10% of the words totally sucks. A lot of very bad music has been made like this, sometimes to protest things, mostly to bring pain to people who have taste in music.

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