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HOPE

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 6:27 am Mon 6th December 2021

We live in hope. Is that wishful thinking or the challenge of life?

Understanding ourselves or understanding the world: which is the greater challenge?

Are the arts the compromise between the sciences and our religions and cultures and our ways of life.

Who is best suited to lead that journey of discovery; Him or Her?

Are the arts our universality of life because we can’t find a universality in ourselves?

The rise and fall of civilisations – how many times do we need to try again?

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…………. Humanity

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Is the hour glass running out once again or have we sorted out our differences or have we lost our humanity?

2 Responses to “HOPE”

  1. Ted says:

    > hope… wishful thinking or the challenge of life?

    Both of course. “Hope dies last” so you need more of it when the challenges of life get too much.

    >Understanding ourselves or understanding the world: which is the greater challenge?

    They are both the same thing, since we are part of the world. The challenge lies in defining the boundary between us and the world; more blurred than generally accepted, in my opinion.

    >Are the arts the compromise between the sciences and our religions and cultures and our ways of life?

    Probably. What do you think of Hunter Biden’s paintings?

    >Who is best suited to lead that journey of discovery; Him or Her?

    It’s a joint effort and needs a synergy of talents. And you can lead in front, and also lead from behind.

    >Are the arts our universality of life because we can’t find a universality in ourselves?

    Same reply as before: we need a clearer definition of the boundary between us and life. Pretty difficult in my opinion, because we are life, or a part of it at least.

    >The rise and fall of civilisations – how many times do we need to try again?

    Your wording suggests we might have some sort of control of these phenomena. Seriously? I suppose the modern answer – a restatement of the old “feed it into the computer” attitude – is to develop a sufficiently advanced AI (and how do you do that? -why, feed it into the computer, of course) and Leave It To The Science. Or something. We’ll find out soon anyway, as Western “civilization” is in free fall collapse right now.

    >Male xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Female
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    >…..Men xxxxxxxxxx Women
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    >…………. Humanity

    Yep.

    >Is the hour glass running out once again

    Yes, I think so.

    >or have we sorted out our differences

    I live in hope.

    >or have we lost our humanity?

    No

  2. DJ Ward says:

    In the land of excessive punishment, the US.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/us-canada/300492219/ahmaud-arbery-killers-get-life-in-prison-no-parole-for-father-son

    What would be the reasons, for an all of life sentence.

    They are repeat offenders, showing they can’t stop offending.
    The offence, is obscene or abhorrent.
    The crime was planned, with clear intent.
    The number harmed, demands it.

    What would be the reasons, for allowing parole.

    They are not repeat offenders, with an expectation it’s a one off event.
    The offence, is not obscene or abhorrent.
    The crime was not planned, without premeditation.
    The number harmed, does not demand it.

    I would then question strongly, the no parole sentences.
    This was a stupid situation, that went badly wrong.
    They have been found guilty, to the law by a jury.
    But on the scale of murders, it is hardly the worst example.

    If the worst offender gets no parole, why is this event judged the same.
    Are there other worse offenders, who get parole.

    They have no hope, in politics hands.

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