Instead of achieving the good life, how about a good-enough life?

My philosophy discussion group has been pursuing the topic of what constitutes a good life.  We started our quest with a look at ethics and moral philosophy.  Wow. In case you’re wondering, there are no real answers in the realm of moral philosophy, even fewer answers than in other fields of philosophy, if that’s possible!  […]

Instead of achieving the good life, how about a good-enough life?

The Stoic Kiss of Death

The Stoics believed that most of our problems in life are caused by placing too much value on things that are not entirely up to us, and neglecting to pay attention to our own character and actions. Love that involves self-deception isn’t real love at all. Yet we deceive ourselves when we ignore the uncertainty […]

The Stoic Kiss of Death

Nietzsche’s concept of the body as the symbol of the will

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Richard Arthur Spinello in his article “Nietzsche’s conception of the body” (link at the end of the post) writes the following:

“The term “body” is a metaphorical way of describing the self not as a soul or simple substance but as an aggregate of forces or drives. In these same works Nietzsche develops a strong critique of consciousness and a highly positive evaluation of our instincts and emotions, the most important of those inner forces which comprise the self.”

According to Nietzsche, the body is an instinctive or force structure where forces are permanently fighting each others. Those forces can be called desires which are of two types: active and reactive. Mainly speaking, active forces or desires represents creativity, love of life, freedom, affirmation of life and all tendencies that can be referred to as positive. The reactive forces are the opposite: they represent resentment, self-hate, jealousy and all negative tendencies. Sometimes, active ones take over reactive ones and produce a positive creative full of life action. Some other times, reactive ones win the fight and results in self-hate resentful attitude or action. The fight and its consequences depend on each individual drives, experiences and general attitude. That being said, Nietzsche believed that his concept of will of power – often mistaken as the will of evil power- comes from the body and its active forces. Therefore, the Nietzschean will of power means the power of the will to be active and creative in a life affirmation attitude.

Understanding the basics of the Nietzschean philosophy requires a different perspective of the human body. If one wants freedom and joy, then one must strengthen active desires. Taken into a different level, science tells that the human body is made of about 600 muscles, which means that humans are movement machines. Combining Nietzsche’s conception of the body with science gives us an idea on how to strengthen active desires; one way to do it is through movement as in being physically active.

One of the main reasons behind some diseases and pain lies in the imbalance of sedentary life and lack of movement.

If you are interested in Spinello’s full article that broader on Nietzsche’s philosophy of the body and not solely focused on movement like my post, click on the following link:

https://research.library.fordham.edu/dissertations/AAI8111318/#:~:text=The%20term%20%22body%22%20is%20a,aggregate%20of%20forces%20or%20drives.&text=Once%20this%20conception%20of%20the,the%20overman%2C%20and%20eternal%20return.

Thoughts on empathy..

People have spent the last few months, since multiple lockdowns taking place all over the world, on self wellbeing. Social media is flooded with videos on yoga, meditation, routines, diets, fitness, wellbeing. For this is very helpful, however isn’t the time to redirect this energy on kindness and empathy towards others?

One can’t be happy alone. It has been said centuries ago, happiness is not solely an individualistic purpose as much as it is also a collective one. Greek philosophers for example thought of politics as eudemonistic (eudemonia, in Greek, means happiness). According to them, politics should aim for high moral values, the highest being the city’s happiness or well being.

Politics these days is far from it’s original definition. Perhaps it is time, people take themselves and others in charge by being empathetic and kind to one another, for empathy is a natural human tendency. After at least a century of praising completion and ambition, it is hard for everyone to be empathetic and less selfish again.

Below, the philosopher and economist Adam Smith wrote about empathy as the main pillar of social cohesion:

The Mystery Of The Human Aura Scientifically Defined

You may suddenly feel uncomfortable when in a crowded room and not know why. You don’t instantly like a perceived villain on TV yet a word is spoken. You suddenly feel your personal space is being violated once a complete stranger nears you. Then there are certain people, complete strangers who you are instantly attracted […]

The Mystery Of The Human Aura Scientifically Defined

Sleep fall and anxiety etc.

Journaling about sleep fall and anxiety, family problems and personal ones helped not sleep fall the night before.

Putting words to feelings, verbalizing and objectification of one’s interiority are all of a big help.

Often, a problem requires not a radical devastating solution but a lukewarm one, at least for the near future. And oftentimes, lukewarm means hiding partly the truth. Lying can paradoxically save lives, so it’s not an absolute evil thing all the time.

Adaptation is an intelligent resilience.

A stoic guide to become fearless

In chaotic times, in a world without any visibility, the urge of reading and learning Stoicism is a must.

Stoicism is an ancient philosophy created by Zeno, targeting well-being and resilience in daily actions. While Stoics criticized Plato for being too theoretical, they wanted philosophy to be practical, to teach people to be fearless when faced with troubles.

Check this brilliant article down below on how to become less anxious and more fearless.

https://link.medium.com/GxFMx6sfocb

Should You Take The Path of Least Resistance?

Should you take the path of least resistance? The path of least resistance is the physical or metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion by a given object or entity among a set of alternative paths (Wikipedia definition). The concept is often used to describe why an object or entity takes a […]

Should You Take The Path of Least Resistance?