Cynosarges (Open Thread On Philosophy.)
I don't have an image for this yet, but I've realized that I enjoy Discussing philosophy and would enjoy having an open space for it. While I cannot provide the exercise mats, sauna, public bath, and small 420 friendly coop cafe that I envision as a part of the ideal, I can at least dream wistfully of that day.
I also realized that I have no desire to engage in the study of dead men whose words are used as justifications for living the way we do. I instead simply want to talk about it. I want to discuss it. I want to make it a part of my life.
So with that I have partaken of a bit of Marijuana. I believe the strain I am enjoying today is called, "Tri Fi". It's not the best strain, but does have the advantage of being local, cheap and plentiful. While the physical relief it provides is less than ideal, the mental relief allows me to turn my thoughts to something more relaxed.
So if we're going to discuss philosophy, let's start with the big, and most important question, that no philosopher has ever answered for anyone but themselves.
To which I simply answer 42 and move on. It has no bearing on my life. Philosophy has spent years asking this one question, when a flippant response that makes me smile is far more satisfying. I accept that I cannot know the answer, and that allows me to move my mind on to other things. The deep dark question that makes others fear for their theoretical immortality makes my transitory life all the more enjoyable.
If anything, the entire exercise is one of conjecture at that point. It has no concrete value to the real world. It becomes bogged down into the splitting of hairs and the third and fourth order suppositions upon the supposed thoughts of dead men whose words have been selected to properly make a point. We are attempting to divide the human experience by a quantity that has no value. In essence, it treats the greatest and most complicated question as a problem to be solved for X, when the answer will always be undefined.
However, I am aware that there are other opinions on this, and I'd love to hear them and debate in a friendly and pleasant manner. Heck, even a fight can be pleasant, as any person who has ever participated in a combat sport can tell you.