Drip, drip, drip, drip...
What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.
- Ovid (43 BC - 18 AD)
Drip, drip, drip, drip...
Inspired by Ovid's (43 BC - 18 AD) quote, "What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere". The titled responsion is torture to the cadence of chaos.
Inspired by Frederick the Great's (1712-1786) quote, "Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand." The titled responsion is made sense of chaos in a forme of positivity that we can all orient towards. Upward just happens to be the most intuitive intuition of life itself.
Heliotropic worship is what I am referring to. Transcendence is a special form of metaphysics made manifest through the minds of millions and propagated through liturgical exercises and cathartic callisthenics.
Inspired by Charles Darwin's (1812-1870) quote, "It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.". The titled responsion is...
Emptiness meets the metaphysics of optimism, wish-well thinking, the wellspring of creativity that begets the ah-ha moment of an action potential actualized is far from applied. Philosophy can do better. So can you. Apply yourself!
Spoken Like a True Life-Long Learner
Inspired by John Dewey's (1859-1952) quote, "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself". The titled responsion is...
Reinforcing the educational pedagogy and the auxiliary learning that takes shape in various forms around the world is quite an accomplishment. Unique to our species, the viral nature of this particular kind of information flow spreads in a benevolent way, elevating humanity out of ignorance and tribal tendencies.
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's (1869-1948) quote, "In a gentle way, you can shake the world.". The titled responsion is...
Unrealistic expectations or metaphysical wish-wash? A passive approach to pacifism may be gentle, but it's not the only way to shake things up. Discuss the Gandhian brand of passivity, if I recall this man held steadfast to his fasting for 21 days yet his wife is rarely mentioned. Expand on this and the implications that surface.
Inspired by Winston Churchill's (1874-1965) quote, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.". The titled responsion is "Identity Pessimistic". What follows is subject to revision, do you have any suggestions?
Fempty Optimism Will Prevail
Inspired by Walter Benjamin's (1892-1940) quote, "The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out". The titled responsion is...
Ok, here it is, a gentle yet playful attempt as something that you shouldn't take too seriously. Empty optimism is vacuous and contains nothing of value let alone substance, yet the fempty modification attempts a morphology of sorts giving a full-ness to the glass have full truism. Why not just say, glass has full rather than fempty? If you look at the transcendental state of the water, it lies just below the meniscus with the bottom half full of nothingness. There is no basis for the claim of transcendental femptiness and yet I can imagine it, articulate it and even replicate it in the form of an individual cultural unit. Did I just mention meme?
Reading the Meniscus (2020) is the title of and my pastiche towards the transcendentalists of our past. From Plato to Henry David Thoreau and the Romantics in between, I feel we are all Platonists to some degree. I count myself as, not so much a transcendentalist but a transcendental materialist of sorts. The, of sorts, is an important addition to the equation. As a watchword (pair), of sorts, indicates an aesthetic arrangement down to the cellular level, the appreciation for which only becomes relevant at our individual and collective say so.
So you are a Materialist?
Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez's (1927-2014) quote, "Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.". The titled responsion is...
As a fictional phenomenon, Jesus was constructed as a carpenter and now the minds of millions, perhaps billions are transcendental materialists. Unless you are creating literature you are just transcendental, pretending, or dreaming. Take your pick.
Inspired by Clint Eastwood's quote, "I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will". The titled responsion is...
This flip side view of optimism objectifies my bias towards the ideal and adjusts my operating system within and towards this transcendental potential. Preparing for the changing landscape of worst-case scenarios is not only pragmatic; it's also Stoic.
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