28 June 2010

Harmony, Love and Learning

In each of my blogs, you may encounter the angel one. Who or what is it? Am I some sort of deluded being?

Well, don't worry. The angel one is just an ordinary person who happens to be (at least to me) the most interesting, enigmatic, eccentric, environmentally aware, technically clever, practical, conscientious, tolerant and lovable person I have ever known. He encourages me to think more deeply. We have been married for over twenty years.

27 June 2010

Of Good Moral Character

If we believe ourselves to be of good moral character, we may hope that the people we encounter are no worse than ourselves. If we want a quiet life, we may think it is easier to achieve without the interference of unpleasant people, but how do we know when someone is good? Are most people who we believe to be good really bad people who are convincing actors?

23 June 2010

A Fair Go

It would be very nice to have a fair go. By that I don't mean going to a funfair. A fair go means that fairness should be the basis of fun, and life, and everything. Would you agree?

If you have ever been teased, bullied, harassed, insulted, discriminated against, deemed as unworthy, under-recognised, and/or your needs have been ignored in other ways, then perhaps you know what it is like not to receive a fair go.

22 June 2010

Being Brave

The meaning of "bravery" seems to me to be a very important philosophical exploration. What does the word mean to you? Does it have something to do with dignity?

21 June 2010

Resilience

Do you have the ability to bounce back from adversity with resilience and determination? How do you set social boundaries so that you have the capacity to recover from trauma?

17 June 2010

A Global Inner Peace Index

As you may be aware, the annual Global Peace Index has recently been published for 2010. Australia ranks 19th and New Zealand ranks 1st. Yet I wonder how either society would rank on an index of inner peace. Is such a ranking even possible?

10 June 2010

Special Times



I like to reminisce from time to time, especially to myself as I would not want to bore anyone with recollections of my life.

One of the most irritating habits of some older people is the regular repetition of stories we have heard numerous times before. It is one of the reasons why exploring family history is useful as it takes away the repetition, helps to develop deeper relationships and gives valuable insights into the past.

09 June 2010

Enjoying Objectivity

I often wonder if people are more likely to live in peace when they have similar beliefs about reality, or whether large differences in beliefs may be more conducive to social stability. History has shown that conflict is most likely between people who have just a few disagreements than between those with vast differences in views about the world and life in general. This is especially the case when religion and/or politics are involved.

07 June 2010

Knowledge


How do you know that you know what you know?

I wonder if you have any favourite questions. One of my favourites is the one above. Just looking up the word "knowledge" on Google can be quite a challenging experience. Which link to click? Which information to believe?

06 June 2010

Explorations of all sorts of Travels

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Here is another blog post with a title that is the subtitle (only partly this time) of one of my other blogs. To give myself a quieter life, I am taking a break not just from By Any Other Name but also from Continual Journeys. You are always welcome to comment on any of my blog posts, though!

04 June 2010

A Respectful Exploration of Identity

You may know that the title of this blog post is the subtitle of one of my other three blogs, namely the one called By Any Other Name. You can find that blog at this address:

http://reflectingonidentity.blogspot.com

By Any Other Name is a place where you might discover a few important things about yourself you may never have known before. I know that I have discovered quite a lot about myself while developing it.

02 June 2010

Belief


What causes war? What causes peace? My own belief is that beliefs cause both. Beliefs cause violence. Beliefs cause compassion. So, what is a belief?