a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.
But until motherfuckers want to gather in the streets by the millions, and shut down the major US cities, then the information anyone share seems to be nothing more than jouissance* within first world guilt.
*I mean this in a Lacanian sense. Taken from wikipedia:
Yet the result of transgressing the pleasure principle, according to Lacan, is not more pleasure but pain, since there is only a certain amount of pleasure that the subject can bear. Beyond this limit, pleasure becomes pain, and this “painful principle” is what Lacan calls jouissance. Thus jouissance is suffering (ethics) — something which may be linked to the influence of the erotic philosophy of Bataille, epitomised in Lacan’s remark about “the recoil imposed on everyone, in so far as it involves terrible promises, by the approach ofjouissance as such”. Lacan also linked jouissance to the castration complex, and to the aggression of the death drive.
In other words, people enjoy make themselves and others feel like shit. More than half of them would rather share a link than take a day off from their lives to rally in the streets. It is really incredibly sad and is a major cause of my relapsed depression.
to oppose the power you must sacrifice that innermost part of yourself, your mode of enjoyment by means of which you were attached to power
In a bad place within my head.
Some guy on Reddit tried to say that the freeing of slaves in America didn’t happen because of Philosophy, but by brute force and political action.
Did philosophy not influence the actions of those who fought, or the ones who pushed for and developed new policies? Did they not frame their beliefs based on asking a philosophical question?
Before this year, I was not very aware of the amount of people who had such negative views on philosophy. The thread I was reading was about scientists and the main issues they have of philosophy. It was a very sad thread. People who have dipped their toes into philosophy, or gone as far as wetting their feet, seem to find the subject to be completely useless. That kind of attitude towards something that is so fundamental to the development and evolution of human consciousness (aside from biology) is alarming to me, and I don’t understand it.
I sort of forgot that there are people who still believe their brains are never working to its fullest abilities.
Due to the incredible plasticity of our brains, everyone has the potential to improve upon the person they are. It is sad that there are people who ignore that ability, because in order to change takes a certain amount of work. It takes discipline and patience. Those are things that are never taught to us in school, but are necessary tools for life and learning. Whenever we question what an education actually is, we should keep this in mind when defining the framework for a complete education reform.