Whisper #290

Those with a flair for the dramatic are better off on stage — the artistic stage, that is.

Let that be their moral obligation, the burden they shoulder for the rest of us as tokens of their powerful love for us.

Let them do so until the burden of their love of us, not the burden of the stage, becomes so big they can do no other than to step down, to hop onto the stage of life and bring with them the drama of the stage.

The inner drama of the stage, the inner drama that makes possible and delightful what we enjoy about the stage, can this drama ever be stopped from flowing from the stage and into the world?

Whisper #289

Fundamental to Nietzsche’s philosophy is the proposition that what to us appears as nature in an individual is, in fact, nurture over time and across generations. This so-called ‘nurture’ happens as a result of thriving under (or overcoming constantly) certain circumstances and limitations.

Whisper #288

A: Tell me something about women every young man should know and speak it to me in the language I need to hear it, as a young, heterosexual man.

B: Before the child (or whatever she decides replaces the child she will never have even if she literally has it), her view of the world is limited by her image: what she looks like, what others think of her and whether or not she is loved . After the child, everything is the child and the world is her constant struggle to fend of all those who intervene on its flourishing — including her own, personal ambition or so-called ‘calling’.

A: What happens when the child grows up?

B: Nothing, in feeling — the emptiness she feels as a result of the child growing up is only matched by the regret she feels in making it her whole world after she it brought into the world and took upon wholly the responsibility of becoming its mother. Regret and emptiness permeate her as she sees the child move on further and further away from her.

Do not think that her sister who never had a child in the first place escapes this emptiness and regret by choosing her personal ambition over children. (Often, and for many women, there is no difference in feeling between begetting children and her personal ambition.) Her sister encounters a different type of emptiness and regret: she tussles with the fundamental meaninglessness of the fruits of her ambition.

She recognises that there is no end to her efforts and so no fundamental reason for them — her curse is the personal oblivion that is eternally wed to one’s personal ambition. Her lot is decidedly human, which is a fact you must not forget about women: As different as they are from men in many respects, they are still fundamentally human.

A: It sounds like women have it hard either way: Child or personal ambition, otherwise know as career.

B: It sounds like it, but you would have to wonder: what if she could harmonise her need for resting in eternity (through the child) with her urge to apply herself directly and fully in the world and its events (through her personal ambition)?

Accusations, media outlets and the truth

What is uncanny about the behaviour of contemporary media is how an allegation without the person revealing themselves and following due process, which we alternatively construe as a rumour, is communicated by one media outlet then becomes substantial after being picked up on by another outlet. By the efforts of the second media outlet, the rumour acquires truth-properties.

The second media outlet infuses the news item with an atmosphere of truth by the act of inviting someone involved in the story to answer to the so-called ‘allegation’. The legal language and description of the item here is not idiosyncratic, but a significant element of creating the atmosphere conducive to truth, namely, seriousness.

All of a sudden, the rumour is important enough for someone involved to answer questions about it, for them to take it seriously. All of a sudden, the ethereal grows legs and walks around, bumping into things and knocking them over.

By the above means, some of us take an opinion and dress it up in the garments of truth, in the seriousness befitting the truth. Thus, they repackage gossip as news, opinion as truth, normative propositions as matters of fact transcending who uttered them and the potential bias or interest they may have in doing so.

Under such circumstances, the news becomes politicised or, more appropriately, it is offered as a gift to partisan forces. Thus, truth and objectivity–the mother and daughter of a sound mind and robust reason–have their reputations besmirched and their virtue reduced to a plaything of individuals beholden by the delicious vice of political ambition.

It is in such moments that we hear resounding from the depths of our existence the following words — quo warranto!? 


Whisper #286

In the land of doubt, knowledge is king.

So what does the man for whom knowledge is the easiest and most pleasurable activity among all other activities do? What does the man for whom action is cumbersome, boring and maybe even painful do to ensure that knowledge remains ‘king’ — that he remains king and so that he hovers above everyone else?

– – He sows doubt wherever he goes and on whomever he meets. He sows doubt also in himself — the toughest of all of his opponents.