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?

 

A different definition of writing

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Writing is not only about expressing ideas or telling a story. Whereas the aforementioned is true, writing goes beyond this, even for philosophy writing too.

How can writing be defined?

Writing is about creating moments. A moment is created when meeting a person, an event, an idea even if it is an internal subjective one. It’s like being hooked and digging deeper. Writing is about the perpetuation of that moment, which can go through fluctuations along the writing exercice.

On parallel, the reader will be hooked on that moment and will go through fluctuations as well. Being emotional or rational, or both ideally, the fluctuation of both the writer and the reader, will propel them into the ongoing moment crafted by writing.

That moment is like a runway show: colours, shapes, emotions, concepts, themes will showcase for the writer and the reader. Often, the writer is hooked but not the reader; maybe a different reader would be. That’s the risk of creativity specially in writing.

The worse kind of writing is the one that stops the moment. Or the one that doesn’t create any moment. The writing that doesn’t pick up what’s left and go further with it, is the kind of forgotten books shortly after reading them.

Writing means a constant search for the upcoming word and idea.

Meeting a new “other”, might be a person or a place, an idea or a picture, an event or a book etc., is the ultimate goal of a writer.

If not, what would writing be?

What I have learned in 2019 from blogging

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In 2019 I published 109 posts, a number that is higher than my expectations. I am not a prolific writer: I love to write but I think I am a better speaker. In 2019, when I took blogging more seriously, there was a shift in my way of thinking and expressing.

When I compare my early posts to recent ones I see a change in how I say things and the contents. Before, my posts were more complicated and now they have become simpler. I learned that perfectibility is about discipline and consistency. Basically I learned blogging by blogging. There is no other way.

I have learned also more about myself. It is magical I would say how therapeutic writing is. Somehow, I feel lighter but sharper. This is what I call harmony and wit.

Last but not least, I learned a lot by reading my fellow bloggers and interacting with them. And that is the most beautiful thing!

What have you learned from blogging this year?

How to save the world?

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If I have to recommend one writer, it would be him: Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Simply, magnificent! And my favorite book is : The Brothers Karamazov! It is a masterpiece.

Dostoyevsky wrote this quote in his book: The Idiot.

It can be understood as God. God is beauty. So, God/beauty will save the world.

It can also be understood as love. Love is beauty and only love is what we need to make the world a better place.

What about beauty and aesthetics? Is art the world savior? It can also be an interpretation for this quote.

Now things get complicated with this quote taken from: The Brothers Karamazov:

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So, how would the world be saved? If God and the devil are fighting in “beauty” which is in the heart of the man, does it mean love will save us all? This quotes describes to me the tragic human condition. What do you say on this?

Why the streets are a great inspiration for blogging

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(the photo shows a street in Beirut)

Alongside advices given by famous bloggers about ways to get inspired, such as reading for writing blogs (it works for me), I think inspiration comes from where life is. I mean cultural life. The streets happen to be the central point of human activities from which you can learn a lot.

Here are some reasons why you should leave your computer for a while and go down the streets for as long as you can to be inspired for your blog

  • The vibe: the street is the scene where life is deployed. Unwillingly you will get caught up in its ambiance and energy. Unless you are sleeping there, you can’t be passive down the streets. You will be forced to be physically and mentally engaged. This can infuse new ideas to your blogging activity.
  • The trend and the happening: are not all on social media which is a part of reality. The other part of it, the physical one, the one you can perceive, remains the more important aspect of the bigger reality. Open your senses and your mind and you will be bombarded with new ideas.
  • People: the main actors of any cultural reality. Have a chat, even with a complete stranger, is enough to exchange ideas. Nothing compares to a human contact. Yes you can think on your own, but you will think better with others.
  • Emotions, good or bad, are exaggerated down the streets. There’s no better reservoir for writing and blogging, for art work and creativity.
  • Shapes and colors. Don’t underestimate this one because seeing new things can shape up your thinking pattern and hence you blogging.

Surely, it all depends on the street you are in. Some streets can be dangerous, depressive or even ugly and dirty. In all cases, leaving the desk and the computer, taking a long walk among people can help you boost your inspiration.