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written in english, supposed to have a British accent but probably sounding very fake

A lot rests on the assumption of the I, so much so that it is even hard to show that it is an assumption. Almost everything that I know comes with a degree of uncertainty, but this little bit seems certain: I am myself.

I am unable to doubt this because I look at myself. This is a reflex, and a strong one. I introspect = look inside. I know this! How could it be wrong? Even if I go into zen-style stuff about becoming one with everything, there is still an I who is doing the becoming.

Who is it that knows there is no ego? — Alan Watts

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The Misunderstood Awards seek to accolade those champions of the human soul who have, either through hard work or mere brightness, advanced human thought and philosophy beyond the limits in which they lived, just to be held by common sense as having said and argued something completely different from what they believed and proposed. Paraphrasing Kipling, they have the truth they spoke being twisted by knacks to make a trap for fools.

This year the award goes to:

Socrates

Of course, we mostly know Socrates through the writings of Plato. And the way Plato understood everything is completely at odds with what Socrates thought. Not that we actually have any proof — and the issue has been rehashed ad nauseam — but you have to be a little stupid not to notice how stupid Plato was in his appropriation of his so-called teacher. Read More »

I hear all the time that you can’t escape capitalism, that it is all pervasive, that it is somehow part of the nature of things.

Surely, this is false in an obvious way — there was not capitalism in prehistory for one, but, more to the point, each and every one of us lives “outside” capitalism for some moments. But it is very true in a sort of gut-feeling way — we feel we can’t escape capitalism. Why is this so?

In short, capitalism is an excuse for us exerting power over other people, and even if we could resist capitalism, we can not avoid this excuse. And, by the way, “avoiding” is very different from “resisting”. Read More »

What really bothers me about Last Jedi is that it is a meta-discourse without a discourse to back it.

So, there is all that talk that Rian Johnson is proposing that we kill the past to live the future, but the problem is that he is talking about killing the past of the franchise to give it a future, but he is not talking about real people killing their pasts.

When Kylo says he killed Han Solo so that the past would stop haunting him, it is not someone talking about his father, it is just business. More precisely, it is a character whose only purpose is to be this metaphor. It is a statement without soul.

When Han Solo sprouted gibberish in A New Hope about how fast the Falcon was, this was a reflection of Lucas’ past life as a car racer. I have no idea whether Johnson ever raced horses, but his stables do not ring true. Not that they have to be literal, but there’s gotta be some life there.

Rian Johnson’s movie sounds as a movie about movies, and not in a good way. Pulp Fiction is a movie about movies, but there was passion there, pain, desire, true romance. Last Jedi is very smart, but sounds like someone never set foot outside the studio.

Rogue One actually did kill the past. It did dare to be a Star Wars movie without Star Wars formulas, and it was great. It had a point, it had a point of view. Without self-congratulation. Rogue One actually did all that Last Jedi talks about doing and doesn’t do. You do not have to be meta to make sense, and if you go into meta, well you have to be really careful to not say bullshit.

And that is, basically, the problem. Last Jedi goes on and on and on about “I can say whatever I want to say” but, actually, it does not have anything to say at all.