Archive for Presuppositions

life in the hoods | nakedpastor

Posted in From others... with tags , , on August 3, 2011 by johnfom

Fine observation, this. I can see myself chewing over it for a few days, if not weeks. I’m particularly interested in what answers come for his final question :

 

We live in a world of hoods: Childhood. Parenthood. Motherhood. Fatherhood. Brotherhood. Sisterhood. Neighborhood. Manhood. Womanhood. Falsehood. Priesthood. Sainthood. Statehood. Nationhood. Unlikelihood. Victimhood.

It is important to know that…

most people live, mostly unquestioning, within some of these hoods;

these hoods mean different things at different times in different places to different people;

these hoods all possess unspoken assumptions we call common sense;

those who challenge these unspoken assumptions are considered crazy or dangerous.

 What happens if you or someone else challenges the common sense of these hoods?

via life in the hoods | nakedpastor.

 

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In the pursuit of Happiness

Posted in Soundbite Philosophy with tags , , on July 22, 2009 by johnfom

Contentment is when life meets our expectations

Happiness comes from what is left of life after we have taken away our expectations.

Welcome

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 31, 2008 by johnfom

Welcome to the ‘Toward Understanding’ blog.

The intention of this blog is to give me, and anyone who wishes to comment on the posts, a forum to explore the universe we find ourselves in through thought, contemplation, philosophy, whatever.

A couple of things to keep in mind when reading/commenting:

1. Keep it respectful – you don’t have to agree with everything, but disagree respectfully.  Good natured verbal sparring is encouraged, verbal attacks are not tolerated. Overly blue language will probably be removed.

2. Keep on topic – Keep comments related to the blog post.  Don’t get tangled up in arguments that go off on tangents.

3. I will be moderating – It’s my blog.  I have an anarchistic and anti-authoritarian streak in me a mile wide so modertation will probably be minimal to non-existent, but ultimately only I get the final say of what gets published and what doesn’t.

Presuppositions

I’ve lived long enough to have a fairly developed worldview.  There are certain things I’ve wrestled with over the years, and some of them I personally won’t be wasting time agruing or defending.  If your worldview is different, your comments are welcome, even encouraged, just don’t be suprised or offended if your challenge to these presuppositions are summarily dismissed or ignored.  An inexhaustive list of those presuppositions include:

1. I’m a christian, so a monotheistic god is presumed to be a part of the universe.

2. There is such a thing as ‘objective absolute truth’.  Whether that truth can be known objectively and absolutely is another matter, but it does exist.

3. Following from the first two, the universe is created.  6 day, theistic evolutionary, big bang, 6 vision theory…however it was done, it was created.  I won’t be letting any creation/evolution arguments get too developed.  There are other forums set aside for that.

I hope we get some good conversations going in the metas that can help develop understanding, of both the universe, and of the creatures that polulate it, including each other.

John.

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