Oct 26, 2015

Euphemisms

"Although the term War on Terror is no longer officially used by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama (which prefers the term Overseas Contingency Operation)" - Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuEQixrBKCc

As George Carlin points out the use of euphemisms is "getting so bad that any day now I expect to hear a rape victim referred to as an unwilling sperm recipient".

We live in a world where Tim Hortons is legally permitted to describe their processed  and frozen food products as 'fresh'.

Oct 19, 2015

Monday Morning Quote (Dewey2)

"To a grown-up person who is too absorbed in his own affairs to take an interest in children's affairs, children doubtless seem unreasonably engrossed in their own affairs."
Curiosity seems to have a negative, childish connotation in English. But, I think its something will all need to practice more often. Even recognizing this, in public situations I feign un-interest in situations that I would otherwise react to with emotionally charged attention. Social norms dictate when it is appropriate to be emotionally moved. A person in more likely to be ridiculed for not knowing than praised for wanting to know.

"We first look with impatience upon immaturity, regarding it as something to be got over as rapidly as possible. Then the adult formed by such educative methods looks back with impatient regret upon childhood and youth as a scene of lost opportunities and wasted powers. This ironical situation will endure till it is recognized that living has its own intrinsic quality and that the business of education is with that quality. Realization that life is growth protects us from that so-called idealizing of childhood which in effect is nothing but lazy indulgence."

"With respect to the development of powers devoted to coping with specific scientific and economic problems we may say the child should be growing in manhood. With respect to sympathetic curiosity, unbiased responsiveness, and openness of mind, we may say that the adult should be growing in childlikeness. One statement is as true as the other. "
 All three by Dewey.

Oct 12, 2015

Monday Morning Quote (Dewey)

"Responsibility is one aspect of the identity of character and conduct. We are responsible for our conduct because that conduct is ourselves objectified in actions."

John Dewey

We all know that guy that claims to be a 'good person' but always proves otherwise. We are no more than our actions.

Oct 5, 2015

Monday Morning Quotes (Paul Vincent Spade)

You wheel your grocery cart up the cash register, and as the cashier is ringing up your purchases, all of a sudden she stops, looks up, and asks you about your political preferences, or your views on abortion. What is your reaction? Well, unless you’re one of these know-it-alls who like to preach your views to everyone around, you’ll probably tense up.

Whatever you say out loud in that case, you’ll probably be thinking, "That’s none of your business. Just shut and ring up the groceries.” In other words, just do your job, just be nothing but a cashier. Why? Because then I know how to deal with you, I know what to expect and what I am supposed to do in response. That’s secure and reassuring. But once the cashier begins to act in unpredictable and erratic ways, that cozy and familiar situation is shattered. And that’s hard to deal with.

Paul Vincent Spade discussing Sartre's Bad Faith
I think Sartre's notion of bad faith finds a good demonstration in this quote. When in bad faith we allow our ego with its infinite freedom to be reduced to a practice or activity wherein we follow set rules. We lose ourselves within the role.