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RE: [philosophy-211] February Meeting

From: Brian N.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:36 AM
If the cosmos are concerned about our attending
philosophy meetups, I think we've all been had.  Not
to sound smug, but next time, try walking around and
asking people if they know about the philosophy group.
 I know we're all trained to fear each other, but it's
going to take a little work to undue years of cultural
hypnosis.  Believe me, I have suffered from anxiety,
social and otherwise, for a long time.  If fear and
anxiety are holding you back, I strongly recommend a
book by Jonathan Grayson Phd called Freedom from
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-- learning to live with
uncertainty.  Uncertainty is paradigmatic problem of
our time.  Our institutions are ostensibly corrupt (it
has always been corrupt just not this apparent), our
religions are not often relevant to practical,
post-industrial activities, our jobs are often very
spiritually and financially unfulfilling, are
psychological therapies and treatments are often too
extreme, etc.  We often feel like we have nothing to
believe in and we constantly feel threatened
(communism, terrorism, capitalism, homosexuals,
environmental collapse, population explosions,
foreigners, disease, elitism, slavery, nihlism, gang
warfare, drugs, repressed/oppressed/­confused young
adults and teenagers that shoot their classmates,
darkness, the devil, evil, God, pain, etc.)-- there
are millions of vessels to pour our fear into, and
human history and imagination is plentiful with ripe
examples.

We are seduced by an ideological pyramid of
perfection.  The pursuit of perfection is embedded in
our brains at a very early age, and it constantly
whispers that we are not good enough, that we haven't
reached our goals, that we haven't conquered enough,
that we haven't experienced enough, that we haven't
loved enough, that we haven't learned enough. We are
pursuing a ghost, an apparition, an illusion, a dream,
a vague concept, a feeling, and unfortunately some of
us become caught up in our private obsessions, which
more often than not have a negative shading (always
not).  This pursuit leads to uncertainty.  We face
myriad choices everyday and we are not sure how to
"optimize" these choices.  Do I want Diet Coke or
Pepsi.  If I drink the Pepsi than I'll become fat.  If
I drink the Diet Coke I'll be supporting a big
corporation that exploits its workforce.  If I choose
a soda can, should I throw it in a regular trash can,
or a recycling bin.  What if there is no recyciling
bin handy, should I hold onto the can until I find
one? Etc. Ad Infinitum.  The goal of facing
uncertainty is not to attain certainty in making
mundane or profound decisions.  The goal is to live
with uncertainty (the mantra of the grayson book).

All of this is a very long winded way of saying that
people are generally friendly if you give them the
benefit of the doubt.  People are usually like you and
every other person you know.  Everyone deals with the
same mundane to existential problems.  I find it is
best to assume the best from yourself and other
people.  If it hurts or embarasses, that is a part of
life.

My new mantra is to loosen my tie/collar.  Please help
me write the 21st century guide to unendarkenment
(unless of course your spirit animal is a bat and you
prefer darkness, but we can include that in some way).
 i'm serious.  Our philosophy should keep running tabs
on the myriad ways of living without sweating the
small stuff.

I know this is all very obvious stuff, but it is very
easy to forget that we are actually not islands unto
ourselves, and if we are, there are several ways of
getting to each other's islands (that is and is not a
sex metaphor).

I haven't been to the meetups lately because I've been
working nights.  i would love to go however.  If
anyone ever wants to meet up on a sunday, please send
me an email.

Brian

p.s.

God is what happens when we stop looking (for God).

Peace??/?!!&:).    
--- Betty <[address removed]> wrote:

> 
> I went but I saw no meetup sign, I was told there
> would be a sign so one could recognize the
> group....so I got a cup of coffee and I left.  This
> was my second attempt to meet with the group. I'm
> thinking perhaps the cosmos are showing me this is
> not the group for me.
> 
> Betty Palmieri, Chief Operating OfficerNORTH
> CATHOLIC IT ACADEMY
> Cell:[masked]Great Things Come From Those Who
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> 
> From: [address removed]:
> [address removed]: Re:
> [philosophy-211] February MeetingDate: Tue, 26 Feb
>[masked]:23:09 -0500
> 
> 
> What happened at the last meeting?  There were 6 or
> 7 people who said they would attend, but the only
> ones who showed were Bill, Nancy and myself.  Where
> was Greg?
> -----Original Message----- From: Greg Sent: Feb 18,
>[masked]:35 PM To: [address removed]
> Subject: [philosophy-211] February Meeting Just a
> reminder that our next meeting (next Monday, Feb.
> 25) will be at Starbucks on 19 @ Chestnut, on the
> SECOND Floor. Look for the "MEETUP"
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