“It always implies a secret or unconscious intent, if not of each one of us, at all events of society as a whole” Henri Bergson
The best part of life has to be when we laugh so hard and uncontrollably that we can’t even speak, yet somehow we are able to sit there and clap away like a seal even though we are struggling to breathe! Laughter is undoubtedly a great part of our lives and occurs when something funny happens and/or is said in a comical way.
In Henri Bergson’s Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, the author wants to define the comic but not in a way that results in a rigid definition of the word, his main emphasis is to see the relevance between art and life; so he looks into the comic’s role as part of human life in order to have a better understanding of society and the individual human imagination, as well as of the collective imagination. As a result he explores why people laugh and what laughter actual means, by looking into what it is in us that makes us laugh and explores what it is in language that makes a joke funny. Continue reading The Importance of Laughter in Our Lives and the Role of the Comic: Henri Bergson
“Language is a system of signs that expresses ideas”
There are many ways in which we communicate, however the most obvious one is through spoken word, therefore we must speak the same language in order to understand one another. The only one universal language we have is body language, this gives away everything about a person without even uttering a single word. However, you need to be an expert in that field to understand it fully, but for us everyday folks we rely on simple spoken and written form of communication to comprehend and state our thoughts and vice versa. Continue reading Are We Lost in Translation? Ferdinand De Saussure on Language and Communication
“The perception of other people and the inter-subjective world is problematic only for adults. The child lives in a world which he unhesitatingly believes accessible to all around him.” Maurice Merleau-Ponty
My curious nature always wonders and ponders about the world, however no matter how much I see, read and experience etc, there is no one theory fits all situations, its more of a continuation of thoughts and theories that build up overtime, to try and make sense out of some sense! Due to our individual views of the world determined by our own unique experiences, we tend to construct instinctive assumptions, and thus perceive the world in a particular way. Continue reading Do Adults Crush Children’s Natural Perception? Maurice Merleau-Ponty on Phenomenology of Perception
“Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied” John Stuart Mill
Pleasure; is an interesting word indeed, it can mean many things, but what is its true worth? Obviously, we all want to enjoy the great pleasures in life, but, what is the definition of a pleasurable life? Are our ideas of pleasure really what pleasure is? How do we measure it? Continue reading John Stuart Mill: On Defining Pleasure
”Happiness depends on acquiring a moral character, where one displays the virtues of courage, generosity, justice, friendship, and citizenship in one’s life.” Aristotle
Continue reading Aristotle: On the Pursuit of Happiness
“The world of ideas is reality and the world around us is a figment of our imagination”
The reason why I love to explore and discover, such things as philosophy, science and basically anything to do with us humans and all that surrounds us, is to seek out and get closer to our truth, as early on in life I kinda figured most of what is forced down us is not the real deal and very much an illusion, although back then I couldn’t quite articulate that ,it was just a feeling, and nor was I given the space to question and explore; therefore all it was to me was a colossal of confusion. However, now I’m able to seek out resources that go into depth about such matters and emotions that I’m feeling at any particular time, to make some sense out of the nonsense.
So in my quest to understand the difference between the real and the illusionary, I came across the works from Plato in Book 7: The Republic. Continue reading Plato: On Reality vs Illusion
“His voice his eyes express an interest a little too solicitous for the order of the customer.” Jean-Paul Sartre
It was dark , bitterly cold, misty and getting into the late part of the evening when I got home the other night; this is usually the time when an automatic reflection process begins in my head. And in the mist of my thinking I remembered a conversation; either on a podcast or a radio station I was listening to a while back ,about how people pretend to be something that they clearly are not. I couldn’t help but think if people do put on a mask wherever they go by playing a role other than who they really are; both out in the world of work/school and at home. If so, what are they trying to prove or hide?
Continue reading Jean-Paul Sartre: On Why We Shouldn’t Live In Bad Faith
“Life without pain is meaningless. Pain is the source of all value in the world. It is test of one’s true worth”. Friedrich Nietzsche
There are moments in our lives where we feel pain sometimes intense pain, and the thing with this pain thing is, well they are a pain to deal with!! Pain tends to come every now and then in our lives in different ways ,but when it does come, it storm in like a hurricane and has this slow yet compelling sluggish existence. For me the best way to describe that internal feeling is in one word and that is OouchArghhhhUrghhhhhOuch! (well a few words rolled in to one!) This Ouch-Argh-Urgh-Ouch feeling just takes over…… for that moment at least! Continue reading Friedrich Nietzsche: On Why Painful Experiences are Necessary for Our Growth