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THE MAN WHO TASTED THE SEA (*from the archive of two teenagers)
Standing on the ledge of that walkway he stood there looking at her waves. How the sea caressed the rocks and separated into a thousand drops. Felt her sprinkle, on my face.
He tasted her, Stories of lost and found ,Mysteries beyond comprehension, Lives unknown.
Above all he tasted death.
Standing there, He seeked the bitter in her, of all the tears she claimed.
Can he fear and admire at the same, for all the wars waged and the men she saved, from living.
For All the conquerors who ventured her, she forgave.
He stood there to hear them wail. Oh! her sad old breath.
Looking at him at that ledge, devouring her curves, I too glared the confusions beyond, beyond that horizon.
Co-authored by #EpanJ
Siddhartha Gautama, who would be known as Buddha, "the enlightened one," lived in India at a time when religious and mythological accounts of the world were being questioned. .
- In Greece, thinkers like Pythagoras investigated the cosmos using reason; in China, LaoTzu and Confucius unlinked the ethics of religious dogma.
- Siddhartha Gautama was the first to challenge such a system with his philosophical reasoning. Gautama was neither a messiah nor a prophet. It did not act as a bridge between God and Man. He came to his ideas through reflection, not divine revelation, and this is what marks Buddhism as a philosophy as much as (or even more so) a religion. His search was philosophical - to discover truths - and he held that the truths he proposed were available to all by the power of reason.
- Gautama concludes that there must be a "middle way" between self-indulgence and selfcriticism. This middle way, he believed, would lead to true happiness, or "enlightenment."
- Gautama states that the ego world is illusory - as he demonstrated, again, by a reasoning process. Each of us would be only a transient part of this eternal process - ultimately impermanent and without substance. So, in reality, there is no "I" that is not part of a larger whole - "not I". Suffering results from failure to recognize this.
- Understanding the meaning of being a constituent part of an eternal "no-self," instead of clinging to the notion of being a unique "self," is the key to abandoning that attachment and to finding relief from suffering. .
- The teachings of Gautama spread to the Greek empire, around the third century BC, but had little influence in Western philosophy. Buddhist thought also found echoes in the ideas of later Western philosophers, as in Hume's concept of "I" and in Schopenhauer's conception of the human condition.
- Source: The Book of Philosophy. The Great Ideas of All Times. ISBN-10: 8525049867. Year: 2013
111019 February, 2019
Xenophanes was born in the Ionic Cólofon, probably around 570 a.C. Among its numerous compositions, for philosophy, is the title "On the nature".
- The fundamental theme developed in the poems of Xenophanes consists mainly of the critique of the conception of the gods taught in a paradigmatic way by Homer and Hesiod, proper of the traditional religion and the Greek man in general.
- Xenophanes denounces the fundamental error from which all the absurdities connected with this conception of God spring forth. This error consists in anthropomorphism, that is to say, in the conviction that the gods and the divine in general must have aspects, form, feelings, tendencies totally equal to those of men, only more majestic. To which he objects:
- "But if the oxen, the horses, and the lions had hands or could paint and perform the works which men perform with their hands, the horses would paint images of the gods like horses, oxen like oxen, and make the bodies of the gods similar to the aspect that each one has. "
- And more: "The Ethiopians say that their gods are black and have flat noses, the Thracians say instead that they have blue eyes and red hair."
- Therefore, the Gods do not have and can not have human likeness; but it is even less thoughtful that they have human customs and, above all, that they commit illicit and harmful actions, as mythology says.
- Having denied with fully adequate arguments that God can be conceived in human form, he even claims that God is the cosmos.
- Philosophy, at a short distance from its birth, already shows all its innovative force, destroys secular beliefs considered to be very solid, only because they are embodied in the Greek way of thinking and feeling, it disputes any validity, in a few words, it entirely revolutionizes the way of seeing of the ancient man.
- Source: Giovanni Reale. History of Greek and Roman Philosophy I - Pre-Socratics and Orphism. Translation to Portuguese, Marcelo Perine, 2. Ed. - São Paulo: Loyola Editions, 2012, pp. 97-105.
146317 February, 2019
In the sixth century bc, China advanced to a state of internal warfare when the Chou Dynasty government disintegrated. This change has created, within the courts, a new social class of administrators and magistrates, charged with planning strategies to govern more effectively.
This coincided with the emergence of philosophy in Greece, which shared some concerns, such as seeking stability in a changing world and alternatives to what had previously been determined by religion. But Chinese philosophy evolved from political practice and therefore was concerned with morality and ethics rather than the nature of the cosmos.
One of the most important ideas of the time came from the Tao Te Ching (The Book of Path and of Virtue), attributed to Lao-tzu. It was one of the earliest attempts to propose a theory of righteous government, based on te (virtue), which could be found by following the tao (path). It is the basis of the philosophy known as Taoism. .
Lao Tzu, in Tao Te Ching, says that humans are just one of these manifestations and do not have special status. But because of our desire and free will, we can stray from the tao and disrupt the harmonious balance of the world. Living a virtuous life means acting in tao.
However, following Tao is not a simple matter as the Tao Te Ching recognizes. To philosophize about Tao is useless, since it is beyond anything that humans can conceive. It is characterized by the wu ("not to be"), so that we can only live according to the tao by means of wu wei, that is, of "non-action". With this, Lao-Tzu does not preach "do not do", but rather act according to nature - spontaneously and intuitively. This entails acting without desire, ambition, or submission to social conventions.
Source: The Book of Philosophy. The Great Ideas of All Times. ISBN-10: 8525049867. Year: 2013 / Pages: 24 and 25. Language: Portuguese. Publisher: Globo Livros. Translator: Rosemarie Ziegelmaier.