09 April 2020

Justice

What is justice?

Does it have something to do with fairness?

Does it have something to do with the good?

I do not usually reflect on justice or fairness.  I reflect on the meaning of the good.

Is that good?

How do you think about a good society?

How do you imagine justice in such a society?

What do you believe to be a good book title?

Do you prefer reading about justice or injustice?

What is a good goal?

Do all good goals reflect ideas about justice?

Is preventing cruelty a good goal?

Is the prevention of cruelty the basis of justice?

What is a good investment?

Are you investing your time in the pursuit of justice or peace or another pursuit?

How do you discover good questions?

How do you know when a question is good or not?

What is good thinking?

Where have you discovered ideas of quality?

Do you usually think of justice as an expression of quality?

What is good policy?

How do such policies reflect justice?

Perhaps it has been your observation that journalists, politicians and would-be politicians appear to be mainly excited by power and influence rather than good policy. 

You may even believe that considerate democracy does not need politicians at all.

How would you describe the art of a good mind?

What do you know about good societies in practice?

What is good thinking?

How regularly do you think about the meaning of a good society?

How do you think about authors and society?

Who are the main upholders of justice in any society?

How do you tell the difference between law and justice?

How are you involved in transforming ideas from good theory to peaceful reality?

18 March 2020

Truth

How do you think about honesty in relation to truth?

How do you think about truth in relation to common interests?

What is true wealth?

Are true philosophers people who think - and act - in sensitively critical, compassionate and creative ways (perhaps even simultaneously)?

How do you assess whether a statement is true or false?

What is true freedom and how does it relate to considerate democracy?

What does it mean to have a true sense of humanity?

That question begins the global conversation.

How do you know if your answer is true?

04 March 2020

Reality

How do you see the real world in your imagination, and in reality?

Many people do not appear to know the difference between:

a) facts and values

b) facts and assumptions

c) fantasy and reality

d) knowledge and beliefs

For much of the time, I have difficulties with those distinctions myself, even though I have received a thorough tertiary education in the social sciences, the philosophy of knowledge, ethics, and various aspects of communication.

Reality is where truth exists.

How do you think about inner beauty and reality?

How do you think about aesthetics in relation to reality?

How do you think about popular government?

How do you think about politics in relation to reality?

How do you think about realisations in relation to reality?

19 February 2020

Being Perceptive

While philosophy is usually about being reasonable, artistic pursuits usually involve being perceptive.

How perceptive are you?

What do you know about your inner being?

How do you identify common interests with other people?

How do you reflect upon reputations and collaborations?

Philosophical adventures mainly involve the risk that our perceptions of certainty may disappear.  For artists, uncertainty is an adventure in itself.

There is no real art without uncertainty. 

Does philosophy lead the way to certainty or uncertainty?

06 February 2020

Being Independent

You may already know that I am an independent sort of person.

I am an independent scholar and a philanthropist, amongst other things.

If you enjoy exploring the topics of considerate awareness and considerate democracy, are you sure you do so with an independent mind?

My independence gives me the freedom to explore ideas in far more creative ways than many people working in academia are able enjoy.  There is much fear in academia, and much arrogance.

I can even express points of view and do research in ways that are similar to the experimental arts.  In my view, there is no real independence without creativity.

Yet many creative persons are unable to enjoy independence.  They have too many demands on their time, and on their other resources.

Do you describe yourself as an independent philosopher and social explorer?

However you describe yourself, how do you usually think about independence?

07 January 2020

A Moment to Pause

Just by thinking quietly and carefully, some profound and delicious answers may reveal themselves in unexpected ways.

All that is required is a moment to pause from the pursuit of other goals.

What do you believe it means to think quietly?

What do you believe it means to think carefully?

How do you know when you have discovered a profound answer to an important question?
 

03 January 2020

Timelessly Important Questions

What sort of person do you consider yourself to be?

Are you interested in answering timelessly important questions? 

If so, I hope you will find something worth tasting as you sample the contents of this philosophical blog this year.

Do you usually think about blogs as though they are picnic baskets?

Do you think of social media in that way?

I am yet to find anyone who asks the questions I do, as I do.

How do you ask timelessly important questions, and why?

What do you believe those questions to be?

29 December 2019

Hope

How have you been thinking about hope this year?

My writings may help (hopefully) to establish some productive and peaceful neural pathways in people's brains.

Do you want to learn more about my hopes for the future?

I hope you find this blog to be a refreshing place to visit on your philosophical adventures.

I also hope you might like to think about how considerate democracy, my main topic of interest, might be studied, developed, promoted, implemented and sustained.

What did you hope for the world ten years ago?

What do you hope for the world ten years from now?