What, if anything, should be done about over-population?
“It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery … It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.” — Carl Sagan
SUMMARY: I reject the notion that the sciences rob love of beauty and mystery.
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Love is probably the best thing most of us will ever experience in life. This fact is made even more astonishing when you consider that life also includes blogging, and yet love amazingly edges out blogging even in the minds of otherwise sensible people when it comes to the best things in life.
But what is love?
There seem upon examination to be so many kinds of love that it would be perfectly understandable if the question, “what is love”, made us all go off into a corner, suck our thumbs, and whimper. At least, I think it would be perfectly understandable. But then, going off into a corner, sucking my thumb, and whimpering is what I do with about a quarter of my day, especially after reading the news headlines.
In what ways, if any, do the arts (including writing, poetry, drawing, painting, dance, sculpture, theater, film, etc.) benefit society? Are there any ways in which they harm society?
How would you define consciousness? Alternatively, what is one attribute or characteristic of consciousness?
What things, or what sort of things, cause the biggest wastes of human potential, apart from death itself?
“The description of the proud or magnanimous man [in Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics] is very interesting as showing the difference between pagan and Christian ethics…”. — Bertrand Russell.
SUMMARY: Pride to Aristotle was a virtue, and a means to happiness, but to Christians, it is a sin, and a means to unhappiness.
(About a 7 minute read)
In Judaism, pride is called the root of all evil, a valuation that seems in part to have been carried over into Christianity, for Christians regard pride as the first and foremost of the Seven Deadly Sins.
In Catholicism, the Seven Deadly Sins are not to be confused with “Mortal Sins” — they do not automatically damn you to hell if you fail to repent of them before death, but they are pretty much bad enough anyway.
In contrast to the Jewish and Christian views, pride was an actual virtue to Aristotle. Which of course, raises the question, “Why did Aristotle think pride was a virtue?”
Please Note: This is the revised version of my “One Big Question for October 6, 2018”. Earlier today, I put up another version, but — impossible as this might sound to my beloved readers — I screwed up.
Specifically, I wrote “humility” when I should have written “pride”, and thus really, really messed up the question. GULP
After taking a closer look at it, I have decided the only solution is to take down the original post, and post this revised version of it. Unfortunately, that means also taking down three answers. So especial apologies to Isabella, Teresums, and “All About Life”. Sorry for that.
With that said, here is the revised question (Which is now very different from the former question):
What is the value of self-esteem?
This question was inspired by a comment by Marysa, who blogs here, made on yesterday’s question. If you have question suggestions, please feel free to mention them in the comments or email them to me.