Monthly Archives: July 2020

How humans can counteract COVID-19

The current COVID-19 situation is a pandemic of draconic proportions.

How can we crush the virus–biting a chunk out of its life with humanity’s serrated fang?

Masked heroes, of all eye colors, can resolve the current crisis!

The novel coronavirus is not a doom virus. It is just a dragon for wizards and warriors to slay.

Let us not be zombified by the magnitude of our task, today…at least in cyberspace, we can be whomever we want to be.

If the dinosaurs went extinct, so, too, can biochemical forces of evil.

We will become gravekeepers of the destroyed, biomemetic phenomenon.

Is faith a kind of knowledge?

Pure faith has to be a special kind of knowledge. Faith must be blind: to be respected, it ought not to be challenged.

Faith is conviction in what can only be felt intuitively. As such, it cannot be scientific; it need not be checked against externality.

Faith in the ultimate is irrational. It may be a kind of knowing rather than knowledge–it cannot be denied, once had. To attempt such would be to reject God’s gift to us.

Faith is the absolute episteme. It can be placed in anything, and is holy as such. The holy person cannot break something so sacred!

Knowledge of faith is only afforded by genuine wisdom.

Power, knowledge, meaning

How are these three concepts related?

Many of us have heard the adage: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Thanks, Uncle Ben!)

Adding to the adage above, knowledge is often equated with power–knowledge is power.

If knowledge is power, and with great power comes great responsibility…well, maybe great knowledge is required for great power.

We can achieve great knowledge, thereby attaining great power (and so, great responsibility). How does meaning fit in?

For psychologist Jordan Peterson, meaning derives from the responsible life. If we achieve great responsibility from the above chain, we should expect great meaning!

Eupsychian self-actualization

One of Maslow’s characteristics of self-actualizers is the continued freshness of appreciation.

How does this lead one to Eupsychia–Maslow’s idea of the psychologically healthy culture/society?

The more we appreciate life, the more we may start to notice the ways it nourishes our soul!

The maximally healthy collective consists of spirited individuals taking great care of their souls…

Reversing fundamental attribution error

Fundamental attribution error (FAE) is our tendency to fault others and self-aggrandize.

What if we instead understood the difficulties in another’s situation?

What if we also were humble enough to recognize fate’s positive role in our own lives?

If we did both things, maybe we could exercise a fundamental attribution solution!

Do Jung’s archetypes exist?

Neuropsychoanalysis can answer this question. The biological functioning and substrate of humans typically operates below consciousness. Genetics and neurology are biological. Jung’s archetypes are transmitted genetically between successive generations. Archetypes of the collective unconscious are genetic and have such an ontological basis.

Middle Way and prioritizing virtue

A middle way ethic may demand that we balance good and evil within ourselves.

Can we achieve near-perfect balance while affirming (not degrading) value?

The middle way approach to life may be incompatible with affirming virtue over sin…

Then again–opposing biases should cancel one another out. So: perhaps not!

In any case, negating virtue in favor of sin seems suboptimal.

Inspired creation

Creation is my word of the day, having popped up twice so far in different contexts.

It is best for any creative act to be inspired. How do we become inspired?

Inspiration comes from within. Other words that closely resemble “inspiration” are perspirationaspirationrespiration.

(Respiration is a hot topic, today!)

Inspired creation consists of dedicated perspiration. It involves toil through our labors of love.

Keep inspiring, creating, dedicating, perspiring, aspiring, toiling, laboring–and, most sweetly of all–loving!