Philosophically “backpacking” for June

 

Hello dear readers,

Your likes and comments make me smile from ear to ear. Thank you so much for being consistent and loyal to my blog. Now I need your help to prepare my blog for the months to come and here’s a little poll for you and it would really help me to see your answers. Again thank you so much, you are my main inspiration.

What do you prefer to read on my blog?

  • Philosophy in general/ philosophers showcasing?
  • Well-being and self-help?
  • Poetry?
  • More about what’s happening in the world?

 

68 thoughts on “Philosophically “backpacking” for June”

  1. Ok, for the first time in my life I can say “FIRST” like the youtube-kids always do.
    I am actually surprised that I am the first, because in this post you explicitely asked for a feedback and here are 9 likers which I wonder whether they are bots or people who just click around frantically in order to increase their following. I don’t which is why I only have very few people following my blog, but that’s ok, because I’d rather have people reading my stuff than fence-sitter-clickers.

    Next: I actually came over just to share that funny video with you:

    It’s off-topic but those Italians are so funny when they get outraged
    (and I alway thought that the Germans would be the angry ones – Italians are more passionate which I like – even the entire language sounds sensual to me).

    And now finally to your question:
    Uhh, that is a difficult one, because there are two aspects: What I want and what you want.
    Ok, on a very personal level I find poems and fitness-blogs not really interesting.
    Self-help more if it is concerned with emotional break throughs, but I think tons are written about it.

    But from your point of view I think your talent obviously lies in your profession philosophy and combining that with worldly issues would be great to bridge the gap between dry theory which many avoid due to their own issues, and worldly issues we all are interested in, but bringing an intelligent note to it like Noam Chompski, Shoshana Zuboff and all the intelligent writers whom I am really grateful for because they actively raise the level of consciousness of the zeitgeist (to use a German word).

    I think you could do well influencing the political mind by analysing what’s up there,
    I actually am playing with the idea of dishing out a few political incorrect unorthodox thoughts in order to put a partially deranged mainstream into perspective.

    It just depends how afraid you are to experience backlashes from simpletons.

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    1. Thank you so much for answering my small poll. Indeed I asked readers to answer but they are free not to answer; I learned this free attitude from a German friend.
      I did this poll because I needed to see what people like most. Zeitgeist issues are great ones and I like them and thank you for you kind words. Do I use the word “thank you” a lot?
      I guess I have to wait for some answers.

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      1. I thank you for thanking me a lot 😉 That is a lovely sign of an open heart and also despite your competence still an humbleness.
        Whenever I travelled the first words I learned were “thank you” because when you travel you are really greatful for a lot of help which seems granted to people in their daily routine. I think that’s why you also have a great sense of humor.

        In the end let me tell you, the lesser answers you get the better, because meanwhile you can actually contemplate upon what you really find important – this is the kind of personality work I often talk about.
        I do this even when shopping or minimalising my household: Often I do contemplate really long whether I really want this or that.

        There is an Indian word called “swadharma” which does mean “your individual life path” which they say is really important to live out. The problem is only that most don’t even have a sense for theirs. This is a way to find out a bit more about yours. They even say that it is worse to live out someone elses swadharma well than your own bad. And I think this is why our work-ethic is not matured yet, because people are pushed into jobs which may not at all be their life-mission. So write what you consider to be your very own swadharma.

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      2. … and on a second note:
        Yes, you are nice and diplomatic to your readers, but I think that the plain upvoters are douchebags – it’s like playing ping pong with someone who doesn’t play the ball back.
        That’s why I didn’t upvote this post in order to balance out the meager statistics – so at least you have now 4 comments to 16 likers so we can either start a political discussion, exchange love-poems, or you just post your reply word.for.word – each in new comments.
        May the poll be with you.

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  2. I’d answer …

    Philosophy showcase as #1
    Events in the world as #2
    Well being/self help #3
    Poetry #4

    But.. my deeper answer.. all 4 are connected because philosophy is well being/self help often related to world events and poetry, if done right, relates to the same and it’s just an alternate delivery which others prefer over others.

    All 4 and expanding? Direct philosophical showcase blogs wouldn’t reach a lot of people because it can feel like being educated.. (not everyone wants to feel they’re being taught something)..

    Poetry will reach more people. And, yes, superficial likes and even bots are a problem regardless because those just run off of tags…

    I like your small film reviews.

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      1. Blogs can be really frustrating. I didn’t realize how annoying it can be until I removed my old and started rebuilding another.. 😂

        I definitely lean towards expanding instead of reducing or altering focus because philosophy as an umbrella casts a large net.

        Philosophy, especially, can be REALLY frustrating because it takes a long time to build a following for.

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      2. Sometimes analytics help. I do well in India these days. 🤷‍♂️
        Gives a general peak time estimation.
        Over time, statistics can help get a better scale. Some days will be a dud and others are high..
        what makes it frustrating at times is it’s a feedback loop of other bloggers and intent can vary..

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      3. It only helps a little in terms of publishing times with certain things..
        Just so things don’t get lost in the mix.

        Longer blogs are generally better done on the weekends too.. I like statistics mainly because I find it interesting who relates to what and certain behaviors.
        Simply, it does make sense I’d do better in India because I’m western but have eastern philosophical leanings that don’t relate well to my time zone.

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      4. Maybe I type with an accent. My lineage is from there… that’s distant though. I thought I said I was from the US but maybe I didn’t.
        Something I forgot about: Ayn Rand is strongly disliked here by many because Alan Greenspan was her protege and he was responsible for the 2008 global crash.

        I couldn’t remember exactly why there was a sudden anti and pro Rand movement here.

        Rand herself hated the American objectivist movement saying they were anarchists and the lowest form of life but that didn’t stop them from using objectivism to tank the global economy.

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      5. So you type with an accent 🙂 I like that.
        I don’t think she is bad as a philosopher; her writings were quite bold for her era. That’s why I didn’t understand the movement against her just because Greenspan was close to her. I would’ve preferred that she was criticized philosophically

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      6. The idea is ..

        Oversight noticed the economy was going to tank and no one did anything because the elite economists couldn’t make mistakes and it was that we are all too dumb to understand the brilliance of the elite…

        There’s a mindset attached. I’m okay with Rand from the perspective she’s talking about herself and setting her own bar.

        I think even her etched in stone views are fine for some people.

        It’s pretty radicalized now where I think there may be an actual civil war and these covid stuff may be part of the start..

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      7. I have a few minutes where I can elaborate a little better on the Rand topic.
        I don’t think it’s so much her, it’s who adopts it. I don’t think she intended it to be adopted by capitalists and fundamental Christians. (lol)
        Capitalists don’t “produce”, they just invest and capitalize on others production. Her being a strict atheist, is SO weird the Christian Right likes it so much but the Christian Right also supports Donald Trump because they view being rich as god blessing that person. So it’s morally corrupt from the start.
        But the basis of her philosophy is strong morals what never sway or bend, if the immoral adopt it and use it as propaganda.. people will start to hate it. I didn’t find her remarkable, but I also understood her angle. I don’t think it’s good to only subscribe to her but I don’t think it’s good to fully subscribe to anything. Lol.
        I think it’s only what she ended up attached to more than her. I’m sure she came to the United States shocked how powerful the religious institutions are and how immoral the “ruling elites”, well, are. I know she despised them openly.
        The United States is an idea, the reality is a little different and a work in progress. I’m sure she came to the US from the Soviet Union having very mixed feelings.
        Her anti social net ideology is mainly why they cling & distort her philosophy. If they distort it the wealthy capitalists and corporations can do whatever they want to whomever they want. The general public who support that version probably never read her work.

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      8. Very clearly explained, thank you.
        I want to add something on the US as an idea. For me, in Lebanon, and I am sure it is like this in all of the world or almost, the US is the definition on cutting edge technology and science as much as it is still the land of opportunities. So, when the US says for example that vitamin D is good for immunity, know that the rest of the world would be taking vitamin D. That being said, all the bad things that came up from the US media such as sugar crap food, it was eaten everywhere or almost and made everyone sick.
        We all have this idea and image of the US, that it is smart. Politically, the world is divided towards you guys.
        That being said, I understand Rand’s apprehension and mixed feelings once she got there.

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      9. Yeah. The food is terrible and it’ll give You diabetes.
        We were probably getting hit so hard with the coronavirus in part because the food is toxic.

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      10. And the economy is fragile and we are are not “masters of the universe” like the community says. Lol

        I can list off many reasons why the US is lapping the world in infections and deaths and they’re all problems that started 50-60 years ago.

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      11. I think that’s why the coronavirus exists because it’s well overdue for things to happen that exposes problems we need to fix.
        Even in terms of climate change; I’ve been hearing about this almost my whole life and no one has really addressed it here by much because of the major lobbies.
        Here, we have people like Elon Musk and so on who are fine sending the poor to mars to colonize it for the rich when they decide the planet is destroyed. Lol

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      12. I keep telling some who get into conspiracy theories that it’s just because the status quo is in jeopardy. This and other things could cause a shift in public consciousness and the “powers” in charge may change.

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      13. A big part of why Trump ended up winning the election here in 2016 and why I think it’s likely he’ll get re-elected is partially from what you said. People here feel like the government is more concerned with trying to intervene in foreign affairs while neglecting their own citizens. They’ll intervene or overthrow a government while doing nothing for the citizens here, they’ll even open up trade policies to ship domestic jobs overseas saying other counties need our jobs and now we don’t have a middle class. It’s about resources and cheap labor, but they even tell us it’s our responsibility to sacrifice for other nations to have better lives.

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      14. But I think Trump did well for the US job market and economy until the covid19 lockdown. Since then, I didn’t like anything he had said/done.

        To be honest, all political systems, ideologies, parties and regimes inherited from the 19th and 20th century don’t function anymore. World problems today need different solutions than the ones we have been seeing since 20 years ago

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      15. It was sort of a false economic boom because the jobs were low paying and it was propped up by manipulating the fed.
        It collapsed in less than a week because it was all revolving around debt. The economy would have improved with any republican elected because they’d do the same thing. Overall, trump is just face in the office and doesn’t really do that much, he’s more concerned with profits from the office.
        If he was who he ran as I may actually like him but he just said whatever he thought people wanted to hear.
        It was anger at the establishment that got him elected and why his support doesn’t waiver, I really can’t blame some of his supporters because they’re right on that. Those supporters don’t care because they just want trump to make their lives miserable.

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      16. Not really. There was an economic improvement and pay did have a slight increase. But they way they did that is they removed regulations and cut taxes on the wealthy, business actually revived tax returns, and they lifted the regulations on the banks from the 2008 collapse. They manipulated the interest rates knowing the economy was likely to bust because corporations were paying their investors and not investing in the companies. And they didn’t want to invest in the economy because they too believed it would fall apart. The covid outbreak quickly crashed it in less than a week.

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      17. That’s weird. I figured the bad state of the US would be covered well.
        The bad response and his lack of caring about covid is likely to take him out of office but the Democratic Party wedged in the worst possible candidate to run against him so I think trump will squeak out a new term.

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      18. Sanders would beat trump but the Democratic Party organized the primary to keep his delegates low. They flooded the primary where it stayed close diluting it and all the other candidates dropped out the day before the biggest primaries.

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      19. Trump, because he had legitimate fears of being impeached and has maybe 20 criminal investigations and upcoming charges, pressured the fed to inflate growth because he’d lose public support if the economy slowed down.

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      20. What I think will happen is they’ll force a normal general election at the polls instead of mail voting and it’s very likely people just won’t care about Joe Biden to bother. Disasters make people fear change too. Trump has an energetic base and most Americans don’t vote because the issues they care about are the same with both parties. There’s a lot of apathy here and Biden is the apathetic candidate.

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      21. It will. Russia wants out of the arms treaty and trump is getting rid of it. Most of what he does favors Russia.

        Other nations are a bigger threat. I don’t think Russia had much influence beyond the dnc hack which.. well, it showed how corrupt the party is.

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      22. Putin thinks he is the tsar and he’s perpetuating some problems that existed during the tsar days. He is so much 20th century kind of leader. But I respect his discretion when it comes to media. He is not all over twitter like Trump is.
        I come from Lebanon. USA and Russia have their playground over here now. Russia has been playing sometimes the conflict damper. Somehow it prevented more escalating violence that could have occurred over here.

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      23. The only way Russia is spreading influence is by seeding violence in areas WE already seed so it’s hard to blame them exclusively. The anti lockdown thing is funded by Koch who is kinda evil, Russia capitalizes on that trying to actually spark violence because he wants it too look like democracy is a failure.
        Trump and Putin may wave little swords at each other but I think it’s all a show. Both are sociopaths.

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      24. Here, we are alarmed by his coziness to dictators and deals being made by them in the Republican Party.
        Our senate majority leader made a deal with Russian oligarchs to move plants to Kentucky to secure an election win which allows Russia to legally lobby in congress and the senate to influence political policy.

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      25. Maybe. I think it’s mainly 2 super powers with nuclear weapons playing cat and mouse.
        I think it’s a mixed bag. But the Soviet Union was a farce as a global power. Even now it’s a show more than a reality.

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      26. And.. I’m not an expert on this but I do know parts of some of what’s going on with the US vs Russia thing..
        up until the 90’s we used to have laws that regulated the media where a corporation could only own “X” amount of outlets and any political commentary had to have a rebuttal of the opposing view. Bill Clinton removed this, so we have widespread corporate media with narrow personal agendas which created both severe polarization AND distrust in the media. (News became entertainment so it’s sold as sensationalism) Then, factor in the explosion of social media including YouTube where anyone can spin the news UP TO making up conspiracy theory as fact.
        Russia capitalized on this effectively but this existed without them.
        Now, it’s crazy because Russia (among many others) are being able to make restricting freedom of speech a real problem because the Democratic Party NOW wants to manipulate laws to control what the public can publish and how they share it. They COULD even make, say, your blog illegal to share on Facebook. Lol.. my own also, just because it doesn’t have connections to “authoritative sources”. Aka: not backed by a corporate entity like fox, CNN, MSNBC… Viacom/Disney/etc..
        this is what Russia wants. To limit the democratic parties attempts, the republicans use it to control corporate policy on what is allowed on social media outlets to stop actual laws to go into effect.
        It’s ugly.

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      27. I would say…
        Many times I’d say the United States means well and the “idea” of the United States isn’t bad because it’s just an idea. It’s something to strive for, the US has never full made it there and it’s a work in progress.
        And some things the US does (which is almost always) corporate is flat out evil.

        I think, in recent times with how corporate the US has become, the good and evil scale has moved.

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      28. I’ll add..
        I was born in 78 so I don’t always get/like how life revolves around social media.
        I always have 2 blogs, 1 I take seriously and 1 I don’t. My old one was one I took seriously and it exploded one day (1,000 hits +) 5 years after the series of blogs were written.
        I deleted the old blog because I didn’t want to deal with it (many family illnesses all at once). And I just grew to dislike Blogging… 😁
        That’s probably where my perspective comes from: you don’t know what will go viral and it may be the thing you don’t think anyone gives a damn about.

        The only real advise I would give is to keep in mind that, if something goes viral, it isn’t going to be in WordPress.
        What’ll happen is a random person will find a blog and share it on their social media then spread like wild fire out of nowhere.
        I angle mine a certain way because I didn’t like that, I prefer staying contained .

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      29. I’m not all sure of the monetizing options or if they’re even worth it.

        I know on mine, which may work on yours, is having a hybrid website blog where the website is for the actual long researched essays I’ll write and the blog is just random playing around and more social.
        Bigger picture, I’d like to do a more collective website with a few writers creating content. That idea could be years away and after things reopen I’m sure it’ll be nasty; I don’t know how much time I’ll have.

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  3. I agree with Amar on two fronts. 1st, Well-being and self-help articles are everywhere, in my opinion they’ve already over-flooded the genre market. 2nd, I agree with his remark that “your talent obviously lies in your profession, philosophy and combining that with worldly issues.”

    Of course you can always go back and check your post hits data — Likes and comments? I’m sure you’ve already have, so the question is? If your not going to proceed by data alone? Then what is it that your really looking for? Perhaps confirmation on what “you” truly want to write about?

    In the end I say go with your heart! What you want to write about. That’s where your best work will come from. And an occasional mixing in is sometimes a nice change too don’t you think? — Toot-a-loo Maylynn-oo! 😎

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