A new philosophy of life
I have been neglecting my web site of late, due to the death of my Mother in July. I am sorry to disappoint any visitors to my cyber kingdom, that nothing has been happening here.
The loss of my mother has caused me to reflect somewhat on life in general. I was in any case going to give over a page to more philosophical musings than the usual polemic. So here goes.
Life is Nasty Brutish and short! who said that?
was a pessimistic philosopher who lived through the
English Civil War. His observations of the times
sometimes look like the society we find ourselves in
today, where all want and claim their rights, but none
are prepared to concede any. The only rights being those
of the strong, which they are able to secure for
themselves. Justice and Equality being but artificial
concepts, made by Civil Society and not within the laws
I believe that we can still make something for ourselves in a Society without enforcable laws by acknowledging the limits of our own interests and encouraging the respect of others. It is particularly important to acknowledge that although we are each the Centre of our own Universe, we are only a very humble part of the greater Cosmos which we abuse at our peril
Leviathan is hundreds of pages long so I cannot hope to encompass a complete philosophy of living in one HTML file but here goes. I hope it does not sound too pretentious
I don't know
for certain how the universe of creation came into being
nor do I know whence I came or when and how my end shall
come. But I do know that I am a part of all creation
rooted in time and I have gifts to share with my fellow
We are all of one mind, one equal mind, and if each of us persists in being the centre of our own existence (like my cat) we are all doomed to suffer at each others hands. I cannot exist on my own without you, neither can you be without me, what is the world wide web about after all. We are interdependent whether we are aware of the fact or not and I can't even claim a copyright on my own name there are dozens of Larry Arnolds out there.
Hobbes believed we are all at the mercy of our own animal passions and that there were no absolute heaven sent laws. He said.
I believe there are still fundemental human laws of cause and effect which come into play whether there is a Society to enforce them or not.
You can do me
harm and you may not feel the loss, yet once you perform
a violent act you have through your actions sanctioned
another's right to do you harm in the same cause, you
have resigned yourself to defend yourself against the
rest of the world. On the other hand if you tolerate me,
and by implication all others. if you listen to what I am
saying, you will come respect others beliefs and
cultures, and they will let you be as well.
To quote Hobbes again
As I say now, do as you will and disregard the scorn of others, do without as much as you feel able, live every day as if your life will never end but live each day only for that day. Above all live in peace, with yourselves, the earth and your neighbours. If life is truly Nasty Brutish and Short, then try and leave it with a smile on your face when the day comes.
To quote another philosopher. "Therefore send not to ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee" It tolled for Mum.
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This page was created on, Friday, October 24th 1997
Most recent revision Saturday October 25th 1997