Western Capitalist Hedonism and Addiction

America is the Mecca of the religion I call Western Capitalist Hedonism. In this religion, consumption and enjoyment are the ultimate good. From the moment we are born we are taught that the “good life” comes from maximizing the amount of pleasure and enjoyment that we can attain. This is in opposition to eastern spiritualty or really any form of spirituality where generally, deriving joy … Continue reading Western Capitalist Hedonism and Addiction

The Inherent Chaos of Human Existence

I, along with most existentialists, would argue that existence is completely chaotic because of the inevitable presence of uncertainty. So, what are we as humans to do about the inherent chaos of existence? I argue that there are two primary approaches to this chaos. The first is to embrace the chaos and the second is to fight it. So, what do I mean by embracing … Continue reading The Inherent Chaos of Human Existence

Catharsis

People often ask me how I rate movies. To be honest, it’s one of the less formulaic and more arbitrary things that I do. But I think a big determinant of my experience with a film is the strength of its cathartic effect. The concept of catharsis derives from Aristotle’s Poetics and it refers to emotional purification or purgation that takes place as a result … Continue reading Catharsis

“Know Thyself”

Knowing thyself is an extremely important and difficult task. Self-knowledge is necessary for properly navigating reality and understanding one’s place in it. Problems often emerge when one’s self-perception is inconsistent with reality. For example, if one pursues a certain path with inadequate self-knowledge, they may come to realize that was the wrong path for them to take. Their strengths and priorities may lie elsewhere. Understanding … Continue reading “Know Thyself”

The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey vs. The Tale-Type Index I’m fascinated by the mechanics of good storytelling and have really enjoyed learning about the hero’s journey while reading The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. However, I recently had the opportunity to hear from Tok Thompson, a professor of anthropology at USC. Rather than focusing on Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey as the underlying structure that … Continue reading The Hero’s Journey

Hegelian Dialectic

·      Discourse is important; however, its value is lost upon people who are unwavering in their beliefs ·      I believe that by teaching the Hegel’s dialectical method over argumentation, we can once again begin having constructive debates ·      Hegelian Dialectic o   It’s not about being right, it’s about synthesizing opposing viewpoints to arrive at truth o   3 stages: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis o   Thesis: statement of one’s idea o   Antithesis: reaction that contradicts … Continue reading Hegelian Dialectic

Existentialism and the Absurd

Existential philosophers didn’t have specific beliefs. The point is that we don’t know what’s going on. Cobys says he’s an existentialist, but an issue with that for people is that they assume saying you’re an existentialist means you have certain view points about reality Like there’s no God, religion is evil, life is meaningless, etc. Camus-the quintessential existentialist philosopher, refused to be labeled an existentialist  … Continue reading Existentialism and the Absurd