The ancient philosophy of Stoicism is a way to penetrate these paradigmatic sources of unhappiness. Stoicism was the ancient philosophy of Cicero (106 BC-43 BC), Seneca (4 BC-65 AD), Epictetus (c. AD 50-138), and Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD). It is a philosophy whose principle objective is to bring human happiness, or tranquility of the mind. It is a philosophy that, according to Seneca, helps those facing death, the poor, those whose lives have been ruined, and those who are suffering. Its fundamental principles are that the world is as we make it and that we have the ability to make our worlds better through our own will-power. The Stoics believed that nature has given us the tools to achieve happiness, and all we have to do is use them.
Socialism is an oppression that has caused America to discard the rule of law, forsake justice, limit freedom, attenuate individuality, create dependence, degrade social norms, attack sources of wealth, and divide the culture. This form of despotic totalitarianism has irreversibly commenced the destruction of American culture and nation. Socialism in America offers the reader the perspective of how and why this is happening. It explains the history of socialism, and in particular the history of socialism in America. It discusses the roles of socialism's foremost vectors, which are primarily the unions and Democratic Party. It critically dissects the philosophy of socialism itself and examines other countries' struggles to survive under the heavy socialist boot. Every freedom-loving American should read Socialism in America.
God gave man, unlike the other animals, a little cleverness, which has caused him to jump the tracks. Using this cleverness, man has conceived, created, and implemented incredible unnatural and convoluted ideas, constructs, and systems. These entities are upsetting God's patterns of nature. Man is now doing things God never intended. This has not only made God's plans go haywire but also threatens man himself.
God is in high dudgeon because man's imagination is debauching his perfect world. To make matters worse, man audaciously blames God for a world gone crazy. God has patiently endured man's accusations but now intends to set him straight on the true nature of things and explain how he has screwed things up.
This is God's lecture, and if man has any inkling of what is good for him, he will listen.
Some particularly interesting issues discussed in the book include George Berkeley and John Locke's theories on the difference between language and reality (most confusion and much conflict in the world seems to be because we use words for things that do not exist) Immanuel Kant's transcendental idealism and in particular his discussion of antinomies (we are not passive tabula rasas on which the external world writes but rather active minds organizing and making sense of a random and incomprehensible world) Jean Paul Sartre's existential admonition that we must accept the world with no telos (which naturally leads us to the truism that if we wish life to have meaning we must look to ourselves to create it) the question of whether there are certain timeless, objective standards by which we can judge human actions (if we cannot, and ethics is subjective, how do we distinguish between good and evil?) what are the limits to our knowledge (are there certain immutable truths which we can discover which are built like a pyramid with a broad foundation and each layer resting on the one below, or is all knowledge simply how well things cohere like a raft on the open sea floating around with no permanent tether)
beginnings, changing a way of living and adventurously pursuing a life passion by
studying philosophy. It is about the struggle to get into graduate school, the challenges of
learning again, the excitement of a fresh start in life and the happiness derived from
studying the ancient philosophy of Stoicism.
This is also a book about higher education in America today written through the lens of
one who had experienced much of life—who has navigated the rough and tumble real
world and entered an academic surreal world. This memoir evaluates controversial topics
like feminism, socialism and liberal academic biases based on experience.
In many ways, academia is an idealistic, make-believe cocoon. This book is also about
those that inhabitant this world. It describes professors with liberal agendas, professors
struggling to inculcate learning and idealistic professors endeavoring to impart
knowledge. It is also about the college students and those who live at the periphery of
Foremost, this book is about ideas. It describes a student’s descent into the philosophies
of free will, determinism, art and morality, theories of the mind, Stoicism and ancient
history. A few redacted papers are included to illustrate the author’s ignorance, issues in
graduate school and difficult ideas and concepts to master. One paper, for example,
compares the decline of Ancient Rome with the decline of America today.
While this book offers insights into many facets of graduate school, the central topic is
how to achieve happiness in life. Some of its most important messages are that it is never
too late to learn, that we compete against ourselves and not others and to always live life
to its fullest, aim further than your reach and live life now because it is all we have.
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