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Yes, the Tree Still Fell in the Forest

It never ceases to amaze me how solipsistic the common person is. It is a sickness of the mind that believes that if a tree falls in the forest, but no person is there to perceive it, then it did not really happen. It is a sickness of the mind that believes the only position available in the end is subjectivity. No more of this nonsense! Where is your courage?! Where is your admittance of your own insignificance?!

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Historia Calamitatum, Chapter 7

OF THE ARGUMENTS OF HELOISE AGAINST WEDLOCK
OF HOW NONE THE LESS HE MADE HER HIS WIFE

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To Kill for Universality

Those who have the capacity to wonder, in a sense of curiosity that allows them to use their mind in the way it evolved, will at some point wander across the intellectual quandary which is the ebb and flow of the universal battle between division and communion; intolerance and tolerance. The choices you make in building the character that you live your life by defines what you consider “tolerance” to be, and what you consider “intolerance” to be. The choices you make also define how you will apply these definitions in the social interactions you experience in your daily lives.

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Understanding the Reality of Truth and Knowledge

Many people equate truth with belief, or truth with knowledge but they do not understand how truth is created in their own minds, and in the minds of the people around them. It is very important that people understand the actual difference between truth and knowledge, because, at whatever level they reside as far as understanding the actuality of that difference, that is the amount of slop and unnecessary relativity they allow in their own lives which can lead to rampant opportunism, delusion, or on the positive side, coincidental truth.

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Why I Decided Being Cool Was Really Not Cool

It seemed like, when I was young, being cool was everything. In high school in America, acceptance is everything. I am sure that is the same in any school situation around the world. School is a proving ground where one grows, and is exposed for what they are in an intellectual hierarchy. School is a very brutal battleground where suicides are created, and lives are scarred and maimed.

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Meditations #5

Though this be true, I must nevertheless here consider that I am a man, and that, consequently, I am in the habit of sleeping, and representing to myself in dreams those same things, or even sometimes others less probable, which the insane think are presented to them in their waking moments. How often have I dreamt that I was in these familiar circumstances, that I was dressed, and occupied this place by the fire, when I was lying undressed in bed?

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Being Mean to the Right People

For so long we have been taught that wise men exhibit kindness, temperance, and good nature. A good number of people have been taught that pride is bad, and to be humble is good. We have been made to think that a well adjusted person, is a happy person. Happiness is a state of pleasure, so one pursues happiness without question. I am not naive, I understand that in Islam, these kind of pleasure seeking principles are secondary. Law is what matters most in Islam. Allah cannot be governed by mere justice, Allah is the Law. Many people believe control is more important.

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Selfishness, Justice, and Natural Truth

It seems to me that mankind is in a battle of power to dictate self serving laws, to understand an innate moral justice in its social mathematics, and while doing so mankind is trying to reconcile nature, free-will, and determinism. Is it possible authoritarianism can actually support a rational, reasonable, universal egalitarian system? And, finally, when we conceive of justice, are our ideas polluted by authoritarianism,or relatively tainted by the paradigm that inundates all our senses at the time in which we live? In this short essay, I will explore this pre-defined space.

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Categories, Section 1, Part 2

Forms of speech are either simple or composite. Examples of the latter
are such expressions as 'the man runs', 'the man wins'; of the former
'man', 'ox', 'runs', 'wins'.

Of things themselves some are predicable of a subject, and are never
present in a subject. Thus 'man' is predicable of the individual man,
and is never present in a subject.

By being 'present in a subject' I do not mean present as parts are
present in a whole, but being incapable of existence apart from the
said subject.

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Historia Calamitatum, Chapter 1

OF THE BIRTHPLACE OF PIERRE ABELARD AND OF HIS PARENTS

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