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The Resourceful, Great Hearted Hero

It must seem a bit strange. That after an entire blog post on a certain subject matter I never gave an exact definition of the primary term. Perhaps I did in so many ways. Because if we just peruse quickly the definition of nostalgia we end up with several different results.  Google’s Dictionary:  “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for… Read More »The Resourceful, Great Hearted Hero

Nostalgic Memories Entwined with the Soul

It is fascinating to me. In mapping out this journey I had so many different thoughts and ideas regarding the various modern artwork (primarily music, literature, and movies) that I would reference. To try to elevate the tone or mood “Above and Beyond” the inherent content. And yet, in spite of this being one of the most difficult things that… Read More »Nostalgic Memories Entwined with the Soul

Fearful Imitations of Life, Higher Truths within Reason and Emotion

From everything changes to nothing changes. From impermanence to permanence. Let us continue our plunge into the rabbit hole of change and our Hegelian style analysis of Plato’s model of change for a better world with Aristotle’s version. Perhaps we shall come out on the other side with a better understanding of what change is as well as how we… Read More »Fearful Imitations of Life, Higher Truths within Reason and Emotion

Binary Thresholds of Trust within Truths of Persuasion and Interpretation

Let us go back to the essence of Aristotle’s golden mean ethics, the magnificent disective extension of Plato and Socrates’ ideas regarding virtue. Wherein the individual develops an understanding of the difference between what is morally right and wrong, good and bad, and ultimately, between what is excess and deficiency. This understanding slowly evolves into the final form of becoming… Read More »Binary Thresholds of Trust within Truths of Persuasion and Interpretation

Enlightenment – Competitive Intensity within Binary Cultures

Layers of Class Competition In establishing Aristotle’s philosophical ideal ruler, a free male citizen that is wealthy, educated, and has ample leisure time, we have simultaneously unveiled a disillusioned darkness existing within multiple layers of class related competition of ancient Athenian society. The first is supposedly inherent within nature and sees free male citizens win out over females, non-citizens, and… Read More »Enlightenment – Competitive Intensity within Binary Cultures

Enlightenment – Binary Collision Courses of Cultural and Natural Leadership

Competing Realities  Thus far with Aristotle we have identified, through a logical scientific method, a certain perception of the world, a certain version of reality. We can see what looks like Aristotle trying to express this version of reality to Plato as they are depicted walking together in the very center of Raphael’s famous painting, “The School of Athens.” In… Read More »Enlightenment – Binary Collision Courses of Cultural and Natural Leadership

Enlightenment – Deducing What is Good – Scientific Awakenings

Aristotle Aristotle (384 – 322 B.C.) was born in an area within Macedonia called Stagira, outside of Athens. His family was fairly affluent and intimately connected with Macedonian royalty as Aristotle’s father is said to have been the physician of Philip the Great’s father. The scientific knowledge and influence of his father would prove to resonate within all of Aristotle’s… Read More »Enlightenment – Deducing What is Good – Scientific Awakenings

Enlightenment – Cultural Binaries & Philosophical Underpinnings

Finally! Yes!! Let’s dive right into the amazing world of philosophy:)  With the context of the Golden Age in Greek antiquity now in our minds, we can begin to examine some of the earliest definitions of what human culture is and what it consists of through the philosophical ideas of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. To very briefly preface this, we… Read More »Enlightenment – Cultural Binaries & Philosophical Underpinnings

Enlightenment – Cultural Binaries & Contextual Origins

What’s up! I’m excited for this series on binaries, starting with cultural binaries and contextual origins. Let us continue on our dailyphilosophic journey toward unlocking modern enlightenment:) Our bread and butter is reading historical source texts, primarily in philosophy and religion, but in many other fields as well. This is without question the numero uno priority… yet we must also strive… Read More »Enlightenment – Cultural Binaries & Contextual Origins