I think a lot of people go wrong with the Israel-Palestine conflict because they treat it as if it’s a conflict that’s been going on for a year when really it’s been more like 50 or even more.
I don’t think I’ll ever write any opinion pieces on the ins and outs of the conflict on the blog because I simply don’t know the history. I would implore anyone interested or emotionally invested in the conflict to really read up on the history.
There’s no point having your heart in the right place if your head isn’t.
We should ban anyone who uses the term “my ass is just for shitting” from ever receiving a prostate exam.
An eager and ambitious young student of philosophy approached Diogenes and introduced himself before saying: “If it pleases you, sir, let me prove to you that there is no such thing as motion.”
Upon hearing this Diogenes immediately got up and left.
There is nothing more satisfying than having an actual mature and constructive conversation on the internet. So useful having input from people from all different backgrounds to widen the perspective. A lot of my posts seem to get generally praised which is great for my confidence and stuff but I do enjoy the constructive criticism so much, luckily I’ve only had a handful of idiots and sjw’s to deal with.
Spent the last half hour thinking about how long I could survive if I was unable to feel pain. I think I’d give myself a fortnight.
Foreshadowing of future episodes – Doppelgangers and the robot woman in the WZZZ station
This week in Night Vale it is mentioned that power outages have caused residents to have the sensation that they have been replaced with someone who is exactly the same as them including memories and identities and that now “all that was familiar would ever after be strange.” This raises some obvious questions about personal identity and what makes us who we are but will be easier to talk about in a future episode. As well as this, we hear of the monotone female voice in the WZZZ station who reads out seemingly random numbers 24/7. This voice is clearly not an autonomous one so she doesn’t deserve rights, most would agree at least, unless of course you want to begin protesting for the rights of toasters and kettles. In a future episode there is an interesting development on this story too so just including the two so you can begin to work your mind around how you would classify identity and rights.
A return to perfection – The drawbridge
In episode 2 I talked about the clash between Cecil’s idea of perfection and that of Aristotle. Put simply, Aristotle believes a perfect thing is complete in all its parts, is the best of its kind, and completes its purpose. Cecil, in contrast, believes something becomes perfect “when you accept it for what it is.” We see the two views clashing over the building of a drawbridge in Night Vale. Steve Carlsberg takes offense at the decision to build a drawbridge as it has constantly failed to be built (is not complete in its parts), is inefficient and overpriced (is not the best of its kind) and that “there is not even a river or a bay in Night Vale” (does not complete its purpose). Despite failing all three of Aristotle’s criteria Cecil leaps to the drawbridge’s defence by calling Steve Carlsberg a spoil sport by denying Night Vale a drawbridge. To be fair to Cecil, Steve Carlsberg can’t even care for a tan corolla!
A sisyphean task – The drawbridge and the meaning of life
“This just in on drawbridge gate. The city council said that in response to this week’s collapse they will increase the project’s budget by 20 million dollars over the next 14 years, the new timeline for the bridge….large, expensive projects are not uncommon in Night Vale, we are a patient but resilient little city.”
Despite the constant and inevitable delays, postponements, and failures the people of Night Vale decide to persevere with the clearly pointless development of the drawbridge. This is much like Sisyphus who was condemned to roll a giant boulder up a hill only for his strength to give way near the top after which the boulder would roll to the bottom of the hill and he would need to begin again. It has been shown in earlier episodes that the residents absurdist nature leaves no room for a higher meaning of life. There is no reachable final goal. However, just like Sisyphus, the residents of Night Vale puff out their chest and resiliently charge into failure once more. Yet, the king of absurdity that is Albert Camus would say “one must imagine Sisyphus happy as the struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
They say the friend zone doesn’t exist but I do have some female friends that I’ve known for so long that I really wouldn’t consider a relationship, sexual or otherwise, with them as a possibility.
Olly Lennard of Philosophy Tube at his finest, busting the myth of the slut.
I’ve fallen right back in love with Seasick Steve again, could just sit anywhere for hours with him playing in the background