Numbing Existentialism

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.

—William Faulkner (1897-1962)

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Numbing Existentialism

Inspired by William Faulkner's (1897-1962) quote, "Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain". The titled responsion is...

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William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays.
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The term numbing existentialism means "dumbing down," "cleaning up"dumbing down." If one has to deal with people who are intellectually inferior to oneself, then one is going to have to deal with those individuals more intensely and at more length. It is the ultimate in intellectualism. That is, it's just a way to say that the people who are less intelligent than ourselves should be put on a pedestal so we can all be better people.

The first type of numbing existentialism is called intellectual elitism. The philosophy behind intellectual elitism is that it is possible to be better than the people around you simply by virtue of your higher intellect. This can mean anything from superior grades at school to having a higher paying job or being a better writer or musician or speaker, or any of a host of other things. The reason for this is that one can be objectively better than others because they are smarter than us.

The second type of numbing existentialism is called intellectualism. This is not about being smarter than someone else, but rather having a certain set of beliefs. For example, one could claim to be a conservative, a liberal, or a communist because of a set of beliefs that they think is important and that is important to them. Some people believe in the idea of capitalism, some belief in communism, some belief in socialism, and some belief in the American system. In order to make someone believe something, one has to convince them that what they are believing is true.

How Existential!

Inspired by Bill Maher (Comedian)'s quote, "We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities. ". The titled responsion is...

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With all the talk of democracy and freedom of speech is taken for granted, you'd think that the US Constitution would be protecting more rights. We have the Bill of Rights, but what we really need is a Bill of Responsibilities. A bill of duties to protect our freedoms from abuse.

We have the right to vote freely express our opinions. So why can't we have the right to use those opinions as a springboard to achieve our goals? And, I'll bet you're thinking that there aren't any good candidates out there to do this, so it's impossible. You might be thinking, well there are plenty of Americans who want to do just that. They're just lazy and unwilling to get out and start their own businesses. But you have to remember, you have the right to pursue your own dreams and goals.

But, that means that you're going to have to exert some effort on your part. There are no guarantees that you'll find someone willing to help you. You might not have a lot of free time, and that will mean you'll need to be creative in finding other ways to get the job done. If you don't mind doing it, then why not give it a try?

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