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“The point of philosophy (today) fails us to inspire amelioration or grant fulfillment 3*”©

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(*… 1 is from a contemporary perspective, narrative, 2 will be a blend of politics and religiousness, 3 has to do with philology [thoughts on thinking… and the use of philosophy] and current events [the Las Vegas shooting], and 4 will be limited to a Christian perspective only.)

 

Fallow is shallow
and it defrays life itself
of lasting, Press On!

 

When it comes to what the Greeks valued most, it would seem, it would be philosophy (that which told you what one was engaged with in any particular endeavor) but more than this was philology itself- ‘The love of learning’. Philosophy was used to define the nature of the world in which they lived in a secular fashion- without being religious in nature1️⃣. This was the beginning of what many might hold as ‘the building blocks leading to science itself’. From Thales of Miletus, Anaximander… through Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, whatever was discussed was based on ‘reason’ to substantiate it. Even reason was under heavy scrutiny, as by Xenophanes, ridiculing the notion of different nationalities maintaining ethnocentric views to either anthropomorphism or personification of natural phenomena to gods of their own choice. This led to Epicurus and the developement of a complete separation between science and religion as a whole. Pythagoras sought to keep them as combined thoughts, both religious beliefs and reason being of equal importance, forming the symbiotic relationship of one to the other.

 

1… This is known today as Secular humanism; which pertains to the belief humanity is capable of being moral and can achieve self-fulfillment without belief in God.

 

Philosophy thus defined: the reasons people did what they did, why they did it (not as if to justify their actions), and became the methodology (unconcerned with any solutions to social issues) used and associated to whatever one studied or practiced- without regard to any specific religion or god directly. Every facet of Greek life incorporated a reason for the behavior of participation, and the reason was explained by the philosophy of each endeavor, from neophyte to alum. Please look under Ancient Greek Philosophy found here, or here with Ancient History Encyclopedia, on Greek Philosophy… affording a clear view of what is referenced to and why! On the last link, pay attention to the very start of it, or the first three (brief) sentences.

 

Take for example the convergence of philosophies that come to together when there is something that gains the attention of all people- like the Las Vegas shooting. To date, this is one of the largest death tolls, an ‘active shooter event’, and everyone jumps on the bandwagon for various reasons (philosophy at work… being applied). Two of the first few to come into view on this event were ISIS and Hillary- oddly enough. ISIS claimed responsibility, calling Paddock “a soldier of the Islamic State” but the FBI has discarded the reported details as stated. As for Hillary, after a brief ’tweet’ of support for those who lost loved ones, she went to the heart of what she stood for…

 

[What is seen below comes from https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-goes-nra-response-144612934.html ]

 

In a series of follow-up tweets, Clinton wrote that the country “must put politics aside” and “stand up to the NRA,” specifically citing the organization’s stance on gun silencers.

 

My question is ‘how can we put politics aside’ when the one, coming from the losing party, continues to seek her own ‘Agenda (21)’ first?

 

 

 

Professors are making absurd claims (presenting personal philosophy over curriculum) regardless to truth or reality of the situation, innocent people losing their lives attending an ‘American Musical venue’. This is not then a philosophy… but a philosophy driven push to alter one’s mind from the thoughts we might have- the ability to think for ourselves instead of being spoon-fed what to think! See below…

 

[Below an abstract of a professor(?) at Drexel University.]

 

“But liberals will drown out all discourse with a deafening chorus screeching ‘gun control.’ To believe that someone who would shoot down 50 people wouldn’t circumvent any gun law you pass is the height of delusion. The narrative of white victimization has been gradually built over the past 40 years. It is the spinal column of Trumpism, and most extreme form is the white genocide myth. Yesterday was a morbid symptom of what happens… ”

 

Then the formation of what happens with further reason for Paddock possibly dealing with depression- and the use of anti-depressants. From an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal online. See below… an abstract.

 

” …was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned.”

 

Even to lead us all on is ’the Fake-News’ News articles portraying a less than realistic covering of ‘real humans caught in the worst of situations’ and concerned more with where they might spin it. Really! Is this what we term Social Media or ‘Unsocial Media’? Shame on you… Facebook, Twitter and Google! Is it true… what I’ll continue to go on thinking in the future!

 

[A brief snippet… an abstract on ‘conditions’ the public was placed under.]

 

“… Facebook and Google users would have seen these fake Vegas stories right next to legitimate reports from major news organizations.”

 

This was ‘a human story’ being mutilated for political interests in points elsewhere but on the issues that truly mattered: innocents injured or killed, a sad plight by large area and those in attendance trapped, when cornered a suicide… and left with no explanation. All we have to go on is the strength of statistics used to carry a ‘burden of (possibility) speculation… the why it was done’ and to be there for all of those people having survived the experience of one man’s madness– philosophy gone wrong.

 

95% of people who complete suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric illness at the time of death, according to the Journal of American Medical Association. Understanding that depression is the leading cause of suicide, that mental health issues are behind more than 90% of lethal suicidal acts, is critically important for suicide prevention.

 

Where is hope seen… offered by the philosophies of so many- where is fulfillment found?

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“If form follows function… this is the other side of the coin toss!”©

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[This is a follow-up to this article, found here.]

 

If one was to consider form and function first, of the actions we have seen by Colin Kaepernick, does he truly deserve to be honored- if it was done from ignorance? What I mean here is not a racist statement… not an endorsement to disrespecting our National Anthem… not a viewpoint without concern for America as a whole- or even ‘a game’ many Americans watch on Thursday, Monday or Sunday.

 

When one considers historical the request to stand… during the National Anthem, the very suggestion for it becomes an expected tradition. When this expectation is not honored is when it appears there is a slight to our traditions, the things we gain value from or the values we see as being honorable in and of themselves. This actually begs the question, is it then an expected formality, having form and appearance, or a gesture in accordance with conventional norms of etiquette? Variation to what is currently under such scrutiny (today) is due to the uproar or approval of the action taken by Colin Kaepernick. To see ’taking a knee’ as racist is stupidity; whereas it becomes a racist statement if a raised fist is used (no different than a raised open hand) and not before. I say it is done in ignorance though if… if we remain ignorant to what history has shown us, and that would be to deny the veracity of the strength of reason for what we do.

 

We get the term ‘uncouth’ from England, this comes from being ‘unknown’ to either present company or to the appearance of things done by someone not from the area- being unexperienced with the customs. This is also called ignorance… or of being ignorant1️⃣ to local traditions, actions taken when people encounter one another in a province, district or locale. This same ignorance to history can apply to social gestures, speech or actions we might consider couth (known and commonplace), take the thumb’s up for example- a sign we take to mean we agree or it’s OK with how we perceive it to be.

 

1… Ignorant: lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uninformed or unaware. Latin ignorant-’not knowing.’

 

In Rome when the Emperor displayed his thumb (in the arena) it meant anything but OK… it meant death, or a death sentence for one of the participants. Life was given a signal when the thumb was concealed within the hand, meaning… don’t pull the weapon to use it- keep it in the sheath. From Discover magazine… a brief abstract is found below, an article regarding the thumb and the meaning of its use, called,”Thumb and Thumber”.

 

But according to Morris, the thumb gesture indicating that a gladiator should be offered mercy or a lucrative deal endorsing Roman Meal Bread was pollice compresso, compressed thumb–that is, covered up, or tucked out of sight. What spectators in fact did was extend their thumbs for a kill and hide their thumbs for an acquittal, writes Morris. This made sense in an arena as vast as the Colosseum, where the kill and no-kill signals would have to be strongly contrasting to be visible at all.

 

 

Here is the phrase in Latin: pollice compresso favor ludicabatur [meaning: goodwill decided by compressed thumb]… Life was spared by a tucked thumb inside the fist, making it look like a weapon inside the sheath. A thumb up meant make your weapon look like the thumb, unsheathed. A turned thumb up… sideways, pollice verso, probably meant to use the weapon judiciously- take the life of the Gladiator.

 

At first Colin Kaepernick sat down to protest, reported by Steve Wyche, NFL Media reporter, Aug. 27, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. According to Steve Wyche, Kaepernick was showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. See the article here. What followed was The 49er Statement, seen below…

 

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

 

The NFL also released a Statement, one obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport:

 

“Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.”

 

To fully understand this is to peel back the layers to its beginning, taking a knee, an article on it by Eric Reid, one posted in The New York Times, Sept. 25, 2017. See two brief abstracts below…

 

That’s when my faith moved me to take action. I looked to James 2:17, which states, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” I knew I needed to stand up for what is right.

 

But to quote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” And I choose not to betray those who are being oppressed.

 

To fully decide for yourselves if actions taken were done from ignorance, as it comes to kneeling, we must learn what is meant by kneeling in the first place.

 

Knee; Kneel

 

Can it be, there was a reason for kneeling… or taking the knee, and it is not disrespectful but a form of supplication to what the Anthem, flag and song embody. Look below to what has been foretold all of us (alive) will do when Jesus returns.

 

Romans 14:11 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/14-11.html
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

So I ask you, my fellow Americans, was this done in ignorance… I’d think not! Let us not be so rash to decide so quickly, provoking a knee-jerk reaction or so swift in the judgement we ourselves may be in store for in the days ahead. Now is the time we will need the support of each and everyone that calls themselves American… and we need to kneel to God in prayer for the strength to endure sure prophecy that comes upon us all.

 

Inkedvocabulary/Russell D. Holder

 

P.S. This is where I lost my sight, on the Black Lives Matter movement, but it does not: remove or lessen the importance to wrongs by some in our society, call for anything being sound reason for its destruction (to remove statues perceived as something being racist) if it would diminish the reason for the strength we’ve gain by overcoming it, or to mean we should not look to find we (truly) have more in common than we do not!

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“To stand or not to stand… during the National Anthem!”©

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Is he a hero or an embarrassment? When MLK Jr. took a knee it was to pray!

 

The protests started by the Quarterback, under President Obama, continue but ‘slavery itself‘ is being overlooked or not discussed-WHY?

 

Do people pay to go the ballet… when politics come into play on the stage? Do you go to Disneyland on the Fourth of July… expecting to see a Russian flag? Most people go to sporting events to see sports but if it continues as it is… when even Jerry Jones goes back on the words he said in the past, the NFL will be,”Not Frickin’ Looking”, and I won’t be the only American thinking this!

 

 

Here is what John Elway came out and said, below an abstract…

 

“Fans just want to watch and enjoy the sport without it being politicized.”

 

 

Can it be any plainer than this?

 

#NotFrickin’Looking

 

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“The point of philosophy (today) fails us to inspire amelioration or grant fulfillment 2*”©

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(*… 1 is from a contemporary perspective, narrative, 2 will be a blend of politics and religiousness, 3 has to do with philology [thoughts on thinking… and the use of philosophy] and current events [the Las Vegas shooting], and 4 will be limited to a Christian perspective only.)

 

Fallow is shallow
and it defrays life itself
of lasting, Press On!

 

Philosophy and philosophers the world over throughout history have offered up a manner of thinking to live a life inclusive to improvement (concerned with life itself). If this was remotely true, reasoning would become more prominent in all our lives… and efforts to become more reasonable, exercising soundness in practice and application to our lives, should be seen more frequently. This is not the case here in the world we live in today! The biggest issue is is discernment being used, and what axis does it pivot from or turn toward? Is it God centered or mankind oriented… and to what end or goal is the thought then to concentrate on?

 

 

As an example, most of ’Social Media’ is against what Trump said in his UN speech. I happen to know one group that was exceptionally proud of Trump… and sees it as a means of renewed American pride- read more here. There is a large group of people that do not see it this way, covered by a Christian Science Monitor article here. In today’s world we have many referring to,”By any means necessary”, and it has become a means to an end but I ask,”The end of what?” The end of reasoning (diplomacy or logical discussion) is quickly upon us when people would rather resort to violence as a means to: gain your attention, command your actions from what you were doing… now forced to react to them, to cause dissension and terrorize, or to comply with religious dogma/doctrine… and to do such a thing without regard for the safety of people in the way.

 

I can remember something I thought was peculiar at the time I heard it. Strangely enough, it was something heard at the funeral for Mohammad Ali, spoken by Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter. You can read her words here, and see a brief abstract below…

 

“My dad would often state when concluding or parting from one another: “May we meet again in the light of understanding.” And I say to you with the light of that compass, by any means necessary.”

 

Curiously, it is ‘Antifa’ that relies on local groups like ‘By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)’ to engage people in direct action. The influence and connections by nexus of Russian thought and Muslim extremists is unlike any coalition seen by humanity before. See one disturbing (at least it should be) video at this link (or below), a documentary called,”Soviet Islam”, is viewable at that site (or here).

 

 

 

ab inconvenienti… Latin for ‘from an inconvenient thing’. An argumentum ab inconvenienti is one based on the difficulties involved in pursuing a line of reasoning, and thus a form of appeal to consequences. The phrase refers to the legal principle that an argument from inconvenience has great weight.

 

 

 

When it comes to what philosophy has given us, the thoughts used to state a belief in support of what we might align ourselves with or to, just what is it “Philosophy” has given us but support for pluralism- a way traveled to be farther from God than mankind was ever meant to be.

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“The point of philosophy (today) fails us to inspire amelioration or grant fulfillment 1*”©

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(*… 1 is from a contemporary perspective, narrative, 2 will be a blend of politics and religiousness, 3 has to do with philology [thoughts on thinking… and the use of philosophy] and current events [the Las Vegas shooting], and 4 will be limited to a Christian perspective only.)

 

Fallow is shallow
and it defrays life itself
of lasting, Press On!

 

What good did it do for philosophers to point out things humanity needs, as in past history, when ‘Absurdists’ would mock what prevails in thought or thinking it laughable today? Morals spoken of by Plato and defined by Aristotle now openly mocked, despised or denied credibility or validity; which actually speaks more to the perceptions used than the reality seen on the horizon of humanity. To parse words, actions or expectations about the affect of our own actions and deny the effects on our reality is to literally stick your head in the sands… a variation to,”I will see it only as I want to… or am willing to- or it doesn’t exist”.  An example of such a thing, politically, is just below…

 

 

If unwillingness is part the current position philosophers are advocating, in their philosophy of choice (Du jour), we will definitely see more absurdity in present life abounding… being lauded after as a reasonable expectation. All this does is make it that much more absurd and the masses are buying in and stocking up! To hell with the Greeks… give us Caligula! When perceptions can be honed to laser accuracy but dull to discount or slight the panoply of the peripheral or panoramic view we need to live a life inclusive to improvement (concerned with life itself)- we’d squander the opportunity to change the viewpoints we have grown to suffer with and become unfamiliar with regard or foresight (conditioned by/inured) to the damage it can cause.

 

ab inconvenienti… Latin for ‘from an inconvenient thing’. An argumentum ab inconvenienti is one based on the difficulties involved in pursuing a line of reasoning, and thus a form of appeal to consequences. The phrase refers to the legal principle that an argument from inconvenience has great weight.

 

Is this to be the future viewpoint of ‘LinkedIn’ as well?

 

The cartoon comes from this site… https://www.cartoonmovement.com/cartoon/37366 [the cartoonist is Amorim, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil] as we might festoon a cartoon to lampoon absurdity, by showing absurdity for what it has become to the perception of some.

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“A 9-11 testimony worth watching”©

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Yesterday made 16 years since the event of Sept. 11th, 2001! This one day one the world stage still rings in our ears… our hearts, our minds and determination set in the stone of our memory. Hear but one man’s life story, his testimony, on what happened to him (called experiential) directly. This is worth taking the time, a precious commodity these days, to watch… heart touching and soul awakening. See below…

 

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“Why fan the flames of indifference… unless you want them to continue to burn?”©

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This was from Matthew but the storms of life will hit us all!

 

Hit pieces, like articles by Kenneth T. Walsh, U.S. News & World Report, fan the flames of indifference. When tolerance gets changed to intolerance of hate but those who would scream of the outrage (and act upon it) see neither their own indifference as ‘hate’ nor the wedge being used by those seeking to keep us apart- this is the embodiment of indifference. This is being fueled by what I would termthe alt-left’ and it is being done to cause all Americans to be played… to be prey to our own undoing. A view to what I’m talking about, then and now, and seen respectively. See below…

 

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2015/08/28/hurricane-katrina-was-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-george-w-bush

 

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-08-18/president-trump-revives-the-culture-wars?int=the-report-rec

 

 

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/videos/embed/28620

 

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/charlie-hebdo-magazine-cover-portrays-hurricane-harvey-victims-neo-nazis-1637350

 

 

There is no ‘revival’ to indifference, unless you look how long it took to see Obama get to Ferguson (Jefferson County), Missouri, or who rioted after the election!

 

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-no-excuse-police-violence#53745

 

http://thepoliticalinsider.com/liberal-riots-trump-destroys-hillary-clinton/

 

 

This image compliments of Berkeley, Ca., and the riots already seen there!

 

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