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Forbidden Topics
« on: May 14, 2019, 09:49:30 pm »
Let's play a game.   Present an honest heartfelt question to your search engine of choice (I use StartPage), and then see how many pages deep a few actually related links appear.  It is my suspicion that the first several pages of most the search engines have been purchased by those SELLING some cure for profit.  Either that, or maybe my kinds of questions aren't very popular.  I thought there would be a lot more people asking such questions.

Has anyone ever been afraid to ask certain questions for fear of setting off some kind of flag, say, like some Internet Suicide Police?

Without further ado, let's get this thing rolling ...



Can suicide be a rationally sound choice if life is redundant and pointless?

Only one page of results.   Here's one that sounds promising:

The Mentally Ill Should Be Allowed to End Their Lives

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It’s often presumed that a long life is accompanied with more happiness and joy. But what if every day brings unimaginable suffering?

There were only a handful of "hits."    ::)

Help me, somebody.

Resistance to euthanasia for the mentally ill is just one of the ways that our society disenfranchises this population by speaking at them about what they “should” do, rather than listening to their lived experiences.
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 09:56:50 pm »
Why do we go on living when life is so damn pointless and redundant and predictable?

Why Introverts Hate Small Talk

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We wait for that brave soul who asks inappropriate questions and laughs at all the wrong times. We cling to the hope that our path will collide with someone who is unapologetically authentic. We are ever in search of people who crave depth over breadth.


That's it?   I deleted 2 after reading the full articles.   is there anything worth reading anymore for me?   I really am beginning to wonder.   
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He [Arthur Schopenhauer] has been the most radical of all troublemakers. He was defiant. ~ (Marcuse?)

"Learning math is never a waste of time." ~ Ivan Savov

"Programming is understanding."  ~ Kristen Nygaard

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Re: Forbidden Topics
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 03:47:17 pm »
I am sorry  that  you are feeling so troubled.Schopenhauer writes too that quite  often he felt very  agitated and heavy  hearted.That the search engines are compromised is really to be expected. I   typed "Schopenhauer was right" and I    get results like "What did he get wrong","Schopenhauer's  big mistake".

Conspiracy? If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
We must  completely  banish  the notion as to what the  "crowd" may think   about ,from our minds.

The  world is not "world meant for  humanity". Like Schopenhauer , we   must look   for  an inward  path   to  the true nature  of  existence.Sheer  skepticism is  not the way  out.Without some   kind of   Archimedes-style  foothold   we  will be  utterly at  sea.

As  Wittgenstein   writes:That something about it (the world) is problematic, which we call its meaning.   This meaning does not lie in it but outside of it.
 
Though we may   fail,we need   to  make the effort to find  out as to what the true reality  might be. Our  sensations might  not always  be most trustworthy.

The   post-modern  thinkers   tend of scoff at  everything,but there are things, dark things, which  are ignored by  them completely.

Badiou writes   " I do have something  against  the indifference to   mathematics and the ignorance ,which in my opinion  are  such  serious offences    that  they   preclude anyone from  calling himself  a philosopher."

Point well taken. Good old Badiou. (Yearns for  communism  too).Yes,of course,study geometry before one  enters the Academy. After after one enters the Academy ?Why, one continue to  study only  geometry,of course.

I was   watching a  documentary today about maths.It  was facilitated  by   a  lovely  lady mathematician about my age. Nice documentary.Nicer lady. I looked her up, she has one kid,  and  expecting   another  in a couple of weeks.

She laughs all the time and  calculates.Calculates and laughs.

We ought to  congratulate  her-she has beautiful  red  hair.

Take  care.
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I am just a sad little green  tortoise  who crawls and crawls..

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2019, 08:30:21 pm »
Thanks for your sympathy, Holden.  I seem to have risen out of the worst of it.   Once, while in a psychiatric ward, I think it was around 2004 or so (see entry 2004.10.14) after the police had collapsed my lung while I was "resisting arrest."  I had been rather psychotic, I suppose, screaming on an outdoor telephone (they still had those back then).   After a kind doctor restored the lung, I was transferred to the psychiatric wing.    A female psychiatrist from Brazil informed me tenderly that, while I may experience very deep lows of despair, when I come out of them, even if ever so slightly, the feelings will be of great relief and even inner peace.

She may have been on to something.  Today, this morning, I made super thin pizza crust and baked "spinach and garlic" pizza, which I ate for lunch and dinner with enough for another meal tomorrow.   I transported the Mother and I to a laundromat, and the experience was surprisingly "spiritual" (to me).  I had to show my mom how to put money on a laundry card, using the card instead of old fashioned quarter coins.   All in all, I think I caught her almost having a little fun, that is, before she became too dizzy, and I had to finish up.    We had quite a load.    The bag of dirty clothes next to my cot was beginning to reek bad, and we had several days of cold rain.  It all might have combined with other factors, triggering what felt like a nervous breakdown.   Maybe that's just what being alive feels like sometimes.     I had been so paralyzed with agitation that I could not concentrate on any mathematics what-so-ever.   In fact, I had temporarily lost all interest.   It was all I could do just to keep my head together.

I used to feel like that on a regular basis in my heavy drinking days.  Now, it took me by surprise.  It certainly didn't come out of nowhere.  Living with just barely enough to get through each month contains its own kind of stress, but, Hell, we're all in it.  I'm sure you and Raul and everyone else has such days when everything becomes difficult.

By the way, the last of the most recent batch of lentils went down so well today (as a snack) that I look forward to making the next batch.   My appetite is still strong (when it wants to be).  It's hard to explain.    I have to be calm and collected.  Then I seem to eat fine.  If I am in distress, no matter how hungry I feel, eating is just not appealing in such inner-turmoil.

Although my mother can't tolerate beans, I have made it clear that I am going to be keeping lentils and other beans in my diet.   I really like your ideas about a simple diet.

Strange enough, I actually feel kind of peaceful this evening, grateful to have the clothes clean.


And yet!    God knows I might explode at any moment out of nowhere.   This puppet-zombie speaks of an "I" as if there is some stable solid identity, but, there is no such thing, just particles in flux.    So, all I can say is that when I wrote the words above "I" was feeling calm, cool, and collected.   The slightest thing might cause me to raise my voice.

I'm afraid my own inner state is unpredictable to me. 
« Last Edit: May 15, 2019, 09:32:40 pm by H »
He [Arthur Schopenhauer] has been the most radical of all troublemakers. He was defiant. ~ (Marcuse?)

"Learning math is never a waste of time." ~ Ivan Savov

"Programming is understanding."  ~ Kristen Nygaard