Its Fiction’s Fault, I Seam to Remember
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
- Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)
Nothing Better than the Holey One
It’s Fiction’s Fault, I Seem to Remember
Inspired by Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)’s quote, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened”. The titled responsion gently pulls on the morality of it all from one of history’s greatest moralists…
Montaigne, the moralist, points blame for the outcomes of his life on nothing tangible. So what are these fictions that we create to bolster or boost our egos? Are they self serving identity markers tied to the somatic markers of felt experience? Consiousness only know. Who is some that owls say. Did you say Minerva of Athena?
Inspired by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)’s quote, “The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them.” The titled responsion is a bandwagon monarchy of sorts, a singular representative of the people, emodied, so to speak, to arrange the affairs of a society towards a better future.
Ideal perhaps and yet the concept of royalty stays with us to this day. How efficient is a rule by tribal dominance or bloodline? I know I wouldn’t want that job, it usually ends in a horrible death, at least in or history. Current monarch are hopefully the exception, I don’t wish a beheading, burning or death by poison on anyone.
The Lowest Score Wins
Inspired by Denis Diderot (1713–1784)’s quote, “The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers”. The titled responsion is keeping count and give preference to the philosopher.
For all those that feel philosophy and religion are sui generis, the winner with the lowest body count wins. Ethical systems prevail where the sanctity of human life is a fiction with a disastrous track record. Aristotle’s contemplative ethics is a good place to start.
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