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Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
June 26: Time
I went to bed with Bergson last night, to find out what he said about time. At some point I switched to Heidegger whom I find even more enlightning as far as time is concerned. Before I fell asleep last night I zapped through the TV cable channels, and landed on one of the ‘Karate Kid’ movies (I think it was the second or the third). I was watching it for a few minutes, when I suddenly understood something about the eastern mind. A standard motive in most ‘Ninja movies’ is that the (good) master always tries to avoid a fight. He knows (as well as the audience) that he can easily defeat the bad guys, but the master’s fighting skills are inseparable from his philosophy, his values, and he never fights unless it is absolutely necessary; Unless it is immoral not to fight. The master is often willing to be humiliated and laughed at, but still won’t fight, until his life (and more often, some other innocent life) is seriously threatened. I always had great sympathy for this attitude, but always understood it as a basic moral value, a manifestation of the absolute morality of the hero of the story.
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