Aphorisms

1. I hate when my feelings depend on another. Dependence however, is also involuntary. We as humans are very much subjected to the whims of nature, and her beauty. If I could choose not to think about her, I would….

2. Very often shame is earned. Shame tells us that we not only could have done better; but we should have.

3. To hope for that which destroys us if we do not have it; but for that which if we have, we care nothing for it afterwards, thus in another way, it destroys us. THAT is human nature.

4. The stupid are those who act without thinking; the weak are those who think and refuse to act. What of the wise, you ask? There is no wise person

5. Yearning is that which nourishes our soul, towards intentional action, both short term and long term. But yearning is also that which is our poison. Like oxygen; hope, yearning, desire, and lust; all of these are things.

6. People say Kant was a boring man; mentioning the ridiculous story about his regularity of leaving his home at 3:30. How could a boring man be right about the passions? A man who experiences so little of the passions, indulges in no beautiful art, does not fall in love hopelessly, make serious moral mistakes, or to know the joy of yearning for something so strongly?

There are many ways to respond. Michael would say ‘Kant scholarship, especially his biographies; give a wider conception of the man’s character beyond our normal putative conception as a rigorous and boring man; in fact, Kant displayed grave acts of drunkenness during his youth, he hosted many dinner parties with the military elite, and maintained close and affectionate (albeit non romantic) relationships with women, Kant also displayed great anger at people who did not agree with his beautiful system; this is the character of the hero of the Enlightenment; like Newton before him; Kant had a character.”

Destre would respond “if this man truly did not indulge in those sweet pleasures of life, like anger, joy, love, and humour; he must have lived a life of great emotional restriction; the kind which, according to his own account, is the grounds for real virtue and moral conduct. In this way, Kant practiced what he preached, furthermore, he was an enlightenment man.”

Sinistre

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