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Le Finale

I am officially joining forces with my girlfriend M. to start a new blog named Erosophia.

The idea is that with two authors, the blog will be published to more frequently. Also, we are very unified in our philosophical positions, so a fan of one of us will likely like the other as well – thereby giving you, my loyal reader, with more essays to read.

I have immensely enjoyed “A Rational Perspective” and I look forward to Erosophia.

Come join us there: http://erosophia.blogspot.com

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Rush: A Philosophical Band

by Jason Stotts

I have only just heard about the band Rush, but I’m already a big fan. They integrate philosophical thought into their lyrics and make them accessible to everyone while not losing their meaning. Here is a sample of one of their songs, I plan to write more about them soon when I’ve heard more of their music.

There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples,
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the Forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the Maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the Oaks, just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
‘These oaks are just too greedy;
We will make them give us light.’
Now there’s no more oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet,
Ax,
And saw.

Rush – The Trees

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By What Right?

by Jason Stotts

My life is my own.
It is not yours.
No aspect of my life is yours.
I am not your slave.

By what right do you think you can take anything from me? I work to feed myself, to meet my needs, and fulfill my desires. I spend my time, the currency of my life, to earn money to spend as I deem fit. It is my money; I earned it with my life.

You say that there are “higher goals that society must care about”. You want nothing more than to have a society of slaves! How does it help some people to turn everyone into slaves? What good does continuing to breathe do me if I cannot live as a human? By what right should I be made a slave to compensate for someone’s poor life choices? By what right should the strong be destroyed for the sake of the weak?

Your fantasy world is so far removed from reality that all you can do is scream “but I want it!” If you want to help people, give your money to them. Stay away from mine; you have no right to it. But they might die? Should the rest of us be prohibited from living? Since when was life guaranteed?

I am not a slave and I have had enough of people thinking they have a right to my time, my money, and my life. By what right do you think you have any claim on me?!

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The Irrationality of Atheism

by Jason Stotts

Atheism is a term that is often misused by both religious people and those who call themselves atheists. The term atheism comes from the Greek atheos, or lack of belief in the gods. Thus one who self-proclaims to be an atheist is proclaiming that they do not believe in gods. Yet, there is a something wrong with this. First, things should never be defined negatively. While a ball is certainly a non-square, it’s also a non-cup, and a non-car. Things have one set identity, which follows from the law of identity and the nature of existence, but one can also predicate of them an infinite class of things that they are not. This is, in fact, a corollary of the law of identity: things are not, what they are not. Thus for any object “X”, we can say that X is X, but also that X is not the set of all things which are not X (X=~{~X}).

The problem should be becoming clear now. People who do not believe in gods should not call themselves atheists. Nothing can exist as a lack of something else. It reminds me of an old proverb that “those who stand for nothing will fall for anything”. If one wants to know why “atheism” as a movement has never taken off, this is why – who wants to fight for a nothing? If religious belief is ever to be gotten rid of, it must be replaced by a positive philosophy. This positive philosophy must be one that people can rally behind and that can show them the grandeur and purpose of human life. If today’s Atheistic movement were to succeed, we would likely see something worse rise in the rift left by religion: nihilism. People obviously find some value in religion or else they would not practice it. It is this value that must be understand and replaced by true value if religion is to go away and a true rational society is to emerge. This is the only way religion can be done away with. Without replacing the value of religion, destroying the current religion will cause nothing but different gods.

So, if you do not believe in mystic fantasies, stop calling yourself an “atheist” and start thinking about what you stand for!

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Masculinity and Femininity

by Jason Stotts

Masculinity and femininity are concepts that relate to the fundamental metaphysical difference between men and women; concepts that have their origin in basic human physiology. Yet masculinity and femininity are much more than a simple difference of genitals; while being male or female is sine qua non to be masculine or feminine respectively, it is not sufficient. There is something else needed for masculinity and femininity, something which only arises in certain circumstances […]

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So begins my new essay on Masculinity and Femininity which is the cornerstone of my new theory of sexuality. If you’d like to read these essays, help me by contributing your thoughts on the subject:

If you’re male, when do you feel Masculine and what is it that causes you to feel this way?

If you’re female, when do you feel Feminine and what is it that causes you to feel this way?

E-mail me with your responses and you’ll be privy to the creation of a new philosophical theory as I develop each of its aspects in turn. If you don’t contribute, you won’t be seeing this essay or any of my work on sexual ethics.

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Why Don’t Christians Kill Themselves?

by Jason Stotts

This is an interesting question that I’ve wondered about for quite some time. If the afterlife is such a glorious place where you’ll get to meet your “maker”, then why wouldn’t you want to hasten your trip to “revel in His glory”? Why would an omnibenevolent god want to keep you from seeing him “too soon”?

There is as much of an answer to these questions as there is to: why do blue unicorns do back-flips while dancing on amber clouds? When you start creating the world as you want it to be instead of discovering it for what it is, the only answer is to compound the rationalizations and stifle all reasonable objections to maintain your fantasy.

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Of Skepticism and Nature

by Jason Stotts

As I lie here bathing in patches of sun and shade, beneath an ancient Oak proudly bearing its new summer greens, I can clearly feel the soft grass beneath me. When I reach out my hand I can feel the heat of a large granite rock that is almost as big as I am. The rock is dark grey, marked in places by soft lichen. I can clearly feel the unmoving hardness of the stone and try as I might, it will not budge for me. As I lean back against the mighty Oak, I feel calm and at ease. There is no doubt in my mind that the Oak tree will continue existing for the whole of my brief reprieve.

Indeed, the thought that some people actually have this fear saddens me. I cannot conceive of the constant terror and uncertainty that must come from skepticism. Because I know the world operates strictly by causality and is consequently beautifully ordered, I can always know what to expect, or at least a small range of things that might happen. A true skeptic, if such a position were possible, would be in a constant state of apprehension because he could never have any idea at all about what could happen. Truly, an honest skeptic, pardon the irony, could not even know that the sun will rise tomorrow and must, therefore, go to sleep hoping that light will once again (somehow) come to the world.

What skeptics really need is to get back in touch with reality; I recommend an Oak.

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I Have A Dirty Mind!

by Jason Stotts

I have never understood the term “dirty mind” – it is no more than a base attempt to denigrate sexuality via the argument from intimidation. The implication, of course, is that if one does understand why sexual thoughts are dirty, then this is a further indictment of one’s character.

I, however, do not believe in disparaging natural aspects of human nature.

Proper sexuality is a sign of being a healthy human being. There are fundamentally two kinds of people in the world: those whose lives are ascending to a zenith and those whose lives are descending to a nadir – those who are flourishing and those who are decadent. Sexuality can be a sign of a healthy life, a sign that one is flourishing, that one is living well – that one respects and loves oneself and that one has found another worthy of one’s love and devotion. Sexuality, on the contrary, can also be a way to attempt to deceive oneself and others – it can be a sign of decadence and a thinly veiled attempt to cover this fact by partaking in the sacred act. Sexuality, like all values, can be perverted and turned against life.

There are some goals, let us call them “apparent values”, that appear to be legitimate, but which are not. These are caused by the perversion or misidentification of a legitimate value. These supposed “values” are in fact detriments to their holder: while those who falsely value drugs destroy their minds and bodies, those who falsely value sex destroy their very humanity with its perversion. This punishment is not doled out by a fictitious celestial father-figure, but dealt by their very nature and reality itself. Life exacts a price for decadence. Those who falsely value that which harms their minds, lose their minds. Those who falsely value that which harms their bodies, lose their bodies. Those who falsely value that which is anti-life, get exactly what they asked for – death comes as a fulfillment of their wish for the anti-life.

Sexuality, in the true flourishing sense, is one of the most sacred of acts – it is an affirmation and celebration of oneself, one’s partner, and of existence. Sex, properly conceived, is an act of love. There is more to sex than just the physical act; it is fundamentally a spiritual act as well. Sex is more than just bestial copulating, more than just hedonic indulgence, more than a mere “wriggling of meat” – as it has so uncouthly been called. Sex is a celebration of the life that two people are sharing together and their mutual value to each other.

A healthy sex drive requires a true understanding of the nature of sexuality, self-esteem, pride, and the knowledge that your lover is a good person who will contribute to your flourishing.

A “healthy sex drive” is precisely that – healthy.

A healthy sexuality is indicative that one is not only flourishing in life, but that one knows this and is purposely flourishing, rather than merely doing well in life by chance.

Here the question arises: what kind of depravity could drive a person to hate sex?

To hate sex means to hate one’s humanity, sex is integral to being human.

To hate sex means to be fundamentally mistaken about sex, one cannot hate the good.

To hate sex means to hate life, to be decadent.

There are very few groups of people who actually hate sex; primarily people who were abused and people who are religious. The former have a legitimate reason to hate sex, its perversion practiced upon them has damaged them – yet they can fix this if they try. The latter have a reason to hate sex as well, they hate life. Or rather their hatred of sexuality follows from their hatred of life.

It is the religious people in our society who have warped our culture into its current state of depravity – its current suicidal headlong rush into the bowels of decadence. To create a need for religion, one must create a hatred of life. To create a hatred of life, one must create hatred in the hearts of man for their very humanity. To create this hatred, one must only pervert one thing – sexuality. Proud men do not need religion; only the weak and decadent need religion.

It is this need to pervert humanity which has given rise to the term “dirty minded” as a direct assault on sexuality. The religious zealots cannot make you hate yourself – you would see through their arguments if they tried to convince you of this in the open. In order to create the hatred they need to control you, they must make you hate yourself. To do this is simple: all it takes is insidious lies and false premises.

Have you ever wondered why religion thinks sex is evil?

If you think I’m being too drastic about religion thinking sex is evil; have you ever noticed that in christianity, what caused the “fall from Eden” in the bible was knowledge of sexuality? When Eve tempted Adam with the apple and they both partook – they understood their nudity, their sexuality. And what did their god do? He smote them with shame and threw them from “paradise”. Paradise seems a small price to pay for knowledge.

Have you ever wondered, if you do, why you feel shame about your sexuality?

Shame can be legitimate – it is an emotive recognition that one has done wrong. But if you feel shame for your sexuality, have you ever asked yourself why you feel this shame? Are you legitimately doing something wrong, like harming your partner during sex? Or is it rather that you don’t know what’s causing it, that you just feel the shame? If such is the case, then you have accepted their insidious lies and their smuggled premises – the chains of servitude have successfully been laid around your neck. No one can rule a proud man, but make him feel shame and he is yours to rule. Sexual shame is slave’s yoke. If you make a man hate himself, he will naturally want to try to fix this – all men struggle to attain the good. However, if instead of helping him to embrace his humanity and showing him the path to living well, you instead show him the chains of servitude and convince that this is the path to “ultimate salvation” – you have created a christian.

It is time for us to throw off these chains that beckon us to decadence. It is time for us to forsake this path to death. It is time for us to stand proud and say “I am Human!” To do this we must reclaim one of the most sacred realms of human activities: sexuality.

Stand with me; proclaim your pride in your sexuality.

Let us destroy their derision – let us all proudly say “I have a dirty mind!”

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