Philosophy

Chinese Proverb
Nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so…

Change
A mind that says it will achieve change through the adoption of a ‘new idea’, a ‘new principle’, or a ‘new belief’, is not a mind that is changing.

Some Thoughts on Museums
Everything within the museum is a fake, rendered so by the evisceration of context. Only the museum is real, a symbol of a real concern: of the expanding fakery of the human experience.

The Dialectic of Limits
Creativity and limitations are a paradox. While we traditionally think of them as opposites, we can observe that imposing limits can encourage creativity, while creativity itself necessitates limits…

The Magic Power of Words
In the field of semantics, there are two propositions or understandings of how words work. What is particularly interesting and infuriating is that while both of the understandings are true, they contradict each other.

The Meaning of Life
We spend all our time chasing/searching/striving for meaning, and in the process, we are too distracted to actually enjoy life…In this light, the question of what is the meaning to life is, ironically, a meaningless question…

The Parable of the City
Students should not play life, or study it merely, while the community supports them at this expensive game, but earnestly live it from beginning to end. How could youths better learn to live than but at once trying the experiment of living?

The Second Immortal
Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever. . .

Thinking For Oneself
Learning is like a fire which must be stoked, cultivated and renewed with interest, otherwise, it dies out and all that remains is the asphyxiating smoke of dead ideas. People are good at filling their head with the retreating vapours of the thoughts of others; very few keep the fire burning…

We Speak Words; Words Speak Us
Words are magical and we should harness their magical power to our benefit…

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