Thursday, February 15, 2018

It's not "mad" to question the hidden power of the global elite


The Guardian had an interesting oped- I can take a pass on most of it.



Here's the basic concept: Julian Baggini is a British philosopher

"Questioning the hidden power of elites – whether big pharma or secret societies – is really quite sane"
Of course it's sane. That's why you and I are here. But questioning alone doesn't go far enough.
Accepting this reality and then making appropriate changes is key


"The wrong moral to draw from this would be that anyone who sees hidden power being influenced is crazy. Rather, we should see the Hellyers of this world as the price we pay for being willing to question the manifest order and to expose the secretive interest groups who seek to manipulate the world for their own benefit.
When we dig for the truth, we flirt with madness. But in a world where hidden power is all too real, it’s the only sane thing to do."

I don't think digging for truth is flirting with madness-

I do think digging for truth is living in reality, being sane and can be empowering.  

Anything else is just mass delusion.




2 comments:

  1. What is truth*? Pilate asked Jesus.

    Jesus said it many times:

    "Jesus saith unto him [Thomas], I am the Way, the Truth*, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me... And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth*; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (John 14:6;16-17)

    ”He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly* My disciples. 32Then you will know the truth*, and the truth* will set you free”(John 8:31-32).

    "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth*" (John 18:37).

    *alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, "true to fact") – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.
    [In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for "reality" as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]
    "Aristotle defines truth for classical philosophy: 'to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.' (Metaphysics 1011b). 'he who thinks the separated to be separated and the combined to be combined has the truth, while he whose thought is in a state contrary to the objects is in error' (1051b).
    In Greek mythology Aletheia is a female daimon of truth, truthfulness, and sincerity. Her opposites are Dolos (trickery), Apate (deception) and the pseudologoi (lies).

    For Plato, the Good, which is 'beyond being', the divine source of life, must be revealed, it must be communicated to the human minds by means of aletheia 'the Truth'. The Truth is the splendor of the Good that can be perceived by the soul. And Beauty communicates the True and the Good through its radiance.
    That was the foundation of classical education-paideia.


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