17 October 2019

Humanitarianism

What is humanitarianism? 

How does the idea of humanitarianism apply in domestic situations, in workplaces, neighbourhoods and when travelling?

How do you identify urgent needs?

Many problems may more easily be solved when we know which questions to ask and answer.

What, for example, is popular government?

How do you explore big questions?

10 September 2019

Preventing Abuse

How should a philosophy be framed to prevent the abuse of power?

And who should be involved in the framing of that philosophy?

What is the abuse of power?

Are all abuses a consequence of the abuse of power?

If you have not yet discovered or expressed your vision of a better world, why is that?

How do you imagine a world without abuse?

How are you contributing to the development of such a world?

05 September 2019

Improvement

How should improvement be defined and measured?

If you are attempting to contribute to the betterment of society, and the world in general, what are your goals?

Do you know of any university departments where considerate democracy is taught (especially in an accessible and inclusive way)?

How do you tell the difference between facts and assumptions, especially within your own mind?

What is your vision for a perfect society?

How do you prefer to express your understanding of reality?

Is it possible to make any long-term improvements in the world without answering these questions?

20 August 2019

Resources and Politics

What is the relationship between resources and politics?

19 August 2019

Political Corruption and Resources

What is the relationship between resources and political corruption?

Have you ever thought much about the relationship between resources, corruption, other exploitative activities and political influence?

Do these questions stir particular emotions in you, especially negative ones?

If so, that is probably quite normal.

17 August 2019

Ideology

What is ideology?

Ideological democracy, the type of political democracy that is familiar to most people, begins with assumptions rather than facts. Its values are based on assumptions rather than evidence.

Yet how do you tell the difference between considerate democracy and ideological democracy in practice?

All other forms of ideology are based primarily on assumptions, too. It is why they often lead to arguments of one kind or another, usually with no basis for reaching a common understanding.

19 July 2019

Democracy

What is democracy?

What does considerate democracy mean to you?

How does it apply in practice?

15 July 2019

Reform

No-one can appropriately answer philosophical questions without taking into consideration the reasonable views of other people.

This is especially the case during reform processes.

Do you know of any study groups or research bodies, whether formal or informal, where ideas about considerate democracy are examined?

Ideas about reform, especially political reform, require careful consideration.

How do you know whether your ideas for any sort of reform are reasonable or not?

How carefully do you consider other people's views about proposals for reform?

13 July 2019

Reputations and Collaborations

What is your reputation, as a person and as a member of groups?

What have been your experiences of collaboration?

What is your usual approach to discovering more about yourself?

What do you believe you have already discovered about your philosophical, historical and spiritual essence, with or without the influence of dogmatic influences?

Do you have the qualities of a special correspondent?

If so, what is special about your correspondence?

Do you know whether you have the right aptitude to be a temporary or permanent hermit?

How do you usually feel when you are alone?

Do you often crave companionship or are you perfectly contented with experiences of solitude?

A truly peaceful retreat is without an enforced creed, and without the pressure to conform to the requirements of a group.  It is a place for philosophy.

What does that mean to you?

09 July 2019

Levels of Difficulty

When do you find philosophical questions difficult or easy to answer?

07 June 2019

Reflecting on Thoughts and Actions

How do you reflect on why you think and act as you do?

17 May 2019

Knowing Yourself

How do you describe yourself, and why?

19 April 2019

A Sense of Being

Is your sense of being more of a public or private nature?

29 March 2019

Approaching Important Tasks

How do you approach the task of knowing (and understanding) yourself and other people?

09 March 2019

Social Problems

How are you helping to solve social problems. Why are social problems often among the most difficult, and important, to solve?

16 February 2019

You are the Judge

This blog began exactly ten years ago as an extension of a website.

Neither this blog nor the website have received much interest from the public, and nor has the book upon which the website is based.

There are so many distractions in life. 

But is thinking about philosophical questions important in your decision-making activities?

Who am I to proclaim that what I have to say is important? 

I will let you be the judge.

01 January 2019

Appropriate Consideration

You can participate in the philosophical journey just by leaving a few thoughtful comments here. 

You may like to answer the questions I have already posed. 

You may want to give an opinion, suggest further possibilities for research, offer some mentoring, give examples, or communicate about anything else that is appropriately considerate.

Were you here in January 2010?

Even if you were not, you can still try to answer the questions posed back then.

Those questions are always likely to be relevant.