At 6/14/12 01:54 PM, Heretic-Anchorite wrote:
"better" in what sense? you can't just say you are "better", to be better you must define the context of better. Better in terms of what?
I'd say better in terms of being more accepting, being more open to being openminded about perceived faults and differences of others.
Does being selfless really make you a "better" person, or do you simply do it to feel better about yourself? I recommend reading into Nietzsche's views on pity. Also, this idea of love and tolerance is nothing new.
I never said it was new, but I suppose the presentation of it is what really got to me. Also, there is no practical use to me in trying to differentiate between the practice of being a better person and consequently feeling better about myself, so long as the deed is done and they're better off than they were. Who says I can't do it for both? I'm no philosopher, that I'll admit, nor I don't have any vested interest in exploring the field. I'm a simple person, but don't assume that means I'm simpleminded. As for your suggested reading, I'll have to politely decline, as I harbor an enduring aversion for reading. I don't necessarily hate it, but I generally don't enjoy doing it and I wind up falling asleep from boredom anyways.
I'm not discrediting you, I'm just stating my disagreements, and criticisms of your ideas, and claims.
There are more appreciable and respectable ways of criticizing than using terms like "crap" to describe the ethos of other people, which implies that you were indeed trying to belittle it. If you're going to be critical, don't shoot yourself in the foot in front of open minded folks by making yourself sound biased.
I am calm, and I never said I hated, or didn't like any of you. ;P
I just wish you tried to be more likeable. The way I've seen you carry yourself around this thread makes it difficult to enjoy your presence. Then again, that doesn't make you obligated to do so, but I'd rather like people than not.