Not Buying It Any More

I would like to share with you all a rediscovered note I got from a friend of mine. (I would also love to plug her blog, which i will do in a little while). She would be describe more so by her role as human guineau pig- which she is damn proud of. If you like this little article I would ask that you take the time to venture to and read her weekly blog that captures her hand at giving up consumerism.  To read her little article The balance of the long term and short term please follow through to the next page.

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Quick Essay: Hobbes and Lock’s views on governance

Which is more terrifying absolute rule or the rule of the mob– Political absolutism or limited representative government? That is the question that plagued Thomas Hobbes and John Lock. 

Thomas Hobbes answered the mob. In his work Leviathan he puts forth the argument that political absolutism is the best solution to that dilemma. He believes the nature of mankind to be competitive, distrustful and aimed at glory.  Hobbes writes, “The first makes men invade for gain, the second for safety, and the third for reputation. The first use violence to make themselves the masters of other men’s persons, wives, children, and cattle; the second, to defend them, the third, for trifles…” (p 33).   Continue reading

Quick essay: Two 17th century methods of scientific thought

250px-scientific_methodIn 17th century Europe, the world was essentially flat, the church ruled everyone’s life, and it was wiser to go along with preconceived notions. However, for two men that was not enough. Frances Bacon and Rene Descartes simply refused to submit to preconceived notions that had evolved in science. 

 Both Bacon and Descartes believed the standard way of looking at their world was riddled with error. Bacon wrote in his New Organon,  “Moreover, the works already known are due to chance and experiment rather that to sciences; for the sciences we now possess are merely systems for the nice ordering and setting forth of things already invented…” (p. 11). He goes on two stanzas down,  “The logic now in use serves rather to fix and give stability to the errors which have their foundation in commonly received notions than to help the search after truth. So it does more harm than good”.  Descartes came to roughly the same conclusions as he travelled. He wrote in his Discourse on Method, “The greatest advantage I derived from my study was this: although observing many customs which seem extravagant and ridiculous to us, are by common consent accepted and approved by other great nations. I also learned not to hold too firmly to those truths which I had accepted merely by example and custom. Thus I gradually liberated myself from many errors powerful enough to cloud our natural intelligence, and keep us in great measure from listening to reason” (p. 22). These were just a few of the thoughts that helped lead both Bacon and Descartes to new methods in reasoning.  

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Unholy War Terror in the Name of Islam- a Review

unholy_warThey are called God’s warriors, young men and women who are driven to rid the world of its evil ways and restore it once again to the divine state it was meant to be. Such warriors are seen in western media taking hostages by the bus load, shooting into crowds of people and becoming walking bombs… all for a complex issue which each religiously minded young Muslim person struggles to fulfill… all for jihad. –Or do they?

The term jihad in the late part of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st century is a term that has been altogether hijacked. It has as many different definitions as there are people. Jihad according to the BBC Team under their religion & Ethics page is defined as:

  • A struggle or effort
  • A believer’s internal struggle to live out the Muslim faith as well as possible
  • The struggle to build a good Muslim society
  • Holy war: the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary

With so many different definitions out there it is no wonder the word has become associated with the less desirable aspects of a supposed holy war.   Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons

top10Everybody loves top 10 reasons for anything. At least I do. I love finding out why people like, believe or support the things they do. So it was no shock to find myself perusing though the facebook groups that supply those reasons. One such group I stumbled across was titled “The top 10 reasons why I support Israel”. It immediately caught my attention since I am an avid supporter of Palestine and because it claimed to have over 23,000 members. I decided that maybe i should see for myself just what their reasons were.

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