The Mental Health Small Tip of the Day

At some point in your day, it doesn’t matter when, sit back and close your eyes and breathe 20 times. Twenty in-out respirations.

Count them as you do them.

Don’t worry whether you are breathing fast or slow.

Don’t think about making them even. They can be whatever size breaths are going on. Some can be even, others might be long and full, some short and hurried. It doesn’t matter.

Breathe through your nose or your mouth, or both, or alternate. Whatever seems ok to you.

You don’t have to think about relaxing.

Just count them.

Don’t ponder about your stress, or worry about lowering your stress. Just breathe and count.

You don’t have to ponder anything for mental health, nor any health. You are simply breathing and counting.

If your mind wanders and you forget what the count was, just start from the count you think it might be. And continue to 20.

Do nothing besides sit back, close your eyes, and count 20 in-out breaths.

It will be just about, more or less, one minute of your day.

The Irony of Modern deferment

Overheard of two people while waiting in line to buy groceries.

“The actuality of a situation is beyond anyone’s ability to be ethical.”

“That’s right. I pay someone through taxes and school fees to deal with the greater problems of the world. Right now I have a career to advance.”

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When you think about it, You are really the only one thinking about it, you and then a few other people who like to think about things. when you think about all the other people you encounter that you don’t talk about these things to, probably a minuscule number of those people would have any interest at all, let alone the capacity to comprehend what you might be talking about.

That little conversation got me thinking about what I’m thinking about, and how what my little group of friends might be talking about, can’t really be addressing what we think we’re talking about.

And the reason is very philosophical. The challenge is this: Think of a scenario in a closed system or something in that closed system, some thing that came up only Due to that close system, by the mechanisms contained entirely and functioning within that closed system…

…Ponder how anyone of those elements would be able to do anything that isn’t inherently involved with all the other things in that closed system.

And this is to say, not that I am inherently involved with manifesting my own world including my involvement with other people and things.

Rather, it’s more to really think about what is actually happening when I think that is the case.

The facts of the matter is that— I don’t know, is there 4 billion people in the world?

4 billion things of a closed system only an incredibly tiny proportion of those 4 billion things that are supposed to be in intimate communication with one another, Let alone the multitude of other things that are in this closed system that somehow are “inanimate”, inert”, or “neutral”— that are attempting to address the problems that appear in this closed system.

It wouldn’t even be proper to say that human beings are just coming up with models of the universe, because again, that’s Just a minuscule amount of people that are Supposing to grasp the extents of the system for the sake of all the other multitude of constituents who are not addressing the system for its problems.

But then on the other side of it, to suggest

that it’s a closed system, if indeed it is, then we would have to say that all these other Constituents of the system must be addressing the problems of the system itself but in their own way, such that the small minority of great thinkers are really doing nothing more than solving their own problems in their own way, and are not really addressing problems to the whole of constituency of this closed system.

Further, we could not even say that as individuals we are addressing parts. For, the same conditions would apply, but with a post modern bent; that is, how could we possibly even be communicating with each other what these parts are to disassemble their meaning to the extent of the clothed system?

Hence, anyway we look at it we must assume, nay, we must realize at some point that something else is going on.

But more so, we would have to look at the very method by which we are attempting to address the universe and existence and the people around us and our environment.

If we are honest about addressing these problems, then we would have to indict the very method that we are going about conceptualizing the whole thing.

When we look around and have to live our day today, we have to go to work, we have to actually apply ourselves to very practical and immediate real circumstances, we then would have to realize that Philosophy. splits into two things: One which has to do with how we negotiate the real world, and the other one that Hass to do with how we actually exist truly in the universe.

Known Unknown known

Karen Barad (2020). Used without permission.

This paper is more an introduction to her kind of new materialism than it is about modern atrocities.

However and further, It is interesting the knowledge and plans for the future that we create for ourselves based on what appears to be an abundance of knowledge and information, but what turns out to be merely a minuscule consideration of the facts.

What we think is actually occurring, for term, that “place” or feature that we call reality…

…Cannot possibly be the case.

I think we should reconsider what The infamous critical theorist/philosopher Slavoj Zizek has to say about the whole thing.

The very notion of “human consciousness“, that facet of reality that extends itself out to everything knowable, is a catastrophe. A point of nonsense. A moment of utter ridiculousness — that is, how we usually understand it.

But, in so much as I can either understand those terms let alone this post, something else must be happening. Through all the theory and postulates which make for us a living, and nothing bad in that much…

What is actually happening must be something else. And, something in deed knowable, that is, which arises out of conventional knowledge yet does not reduce to have to answer to that convention. Some thing which conventional knowledge says is either moot Or beneath consideration, reflects merely a laziness rather than an epistemological truth..

Reposting the Intro to Plato’s Republic: The “Noble Lie”

In this episode of Literary Tales, we examine and explore the wonders of the Great Books examining, in short form, aspects of Plato’s Republic …

Intro to Plato’s Republic: The “Noble Lie”

—- So good!!

Of course, I have to add my five cents.

The Application to a specific politics is of course, entirely applicable. 😄

However, when taken in consideration of the whole of Plato’s works, in that we can see that the Republic is slightly in a different timbre, I believe the irony is much deeper.

The irony of our current times with reference to the noble lie is that indeed the very notion, the very analysis of Plato in this way is it self based in a further lie, one that upholds the sense of reality. That is the nature of myth in the larger sense, as opposed to myth in the smaller, more local political sense.

It is the deferment native to religion itself that allows for the myth to supply reality, the categories of knowledge by which we find agency amidst a world. Not just political cohesiveness, but ontological and epistemological coherency and cogency.

The Tinkle-Boom-Boom Party

I’m starting a new political party.

It’s called the Tinkle Boom Boom party.

We are not liberal nor conservative. But we tinkle and we go boom boom into those parties overt agendas.

With the liberals, we tinkle into thier open minded and socially conscious margaritas by pointing out that such open mindedness often really comes off as another conservatism, really a closed mindedness idealism under the guise of being able to hear and appreciate everyone’s views.

And for the conservatives, we go boom boom in their trough of religious glory by dirtying up the water of their crystal clear idealism.

This new party seems most appropriate to our modern times. We have a tinkle boom boom party!