Random Observations

Philosophy. I have a real problem with philosophy. What did it ever achieve? Granted – it’s an excellent example of working through a problem logically but then – it never gives an answer to the problem. The early Greek philosophers were able to figure out everything that a ‘God’ would and should do; they were able to figure out what a ‘God’ would not and should not do. But they were never able to figure out if there is a God. Simplistic of me? Perhaps. But you’re going to have to convince that I’m wrong. Go ahead. I’ll wait …

I suspect that the powers that be that provide news feeds on AOL is someone around 14 years old. And female. Lately, I just bypass them; they are all about ‘Sparkle’, as our English cousins refer to Markle – she who ruined Harry; about the latest hook-up and break-up in the entertainment world; whose preggers bump has shrunken the most after childbirth; the best trending outfits of sneakers with dresses; where to get the hottest tattoos; why the moon really is made of cheese …

A little known bill in California was passed (why am I not surprised) that gives the judge discretion on the listing in pedophile registry men who, if not more than 10 years older than the victim, have sex with boys who are 14 or older. If that doesn’t scare the bejesus out of you, you might want to check your priorities. It passed, people! They passed that bill.

Why am I constantly drawn to French bulldog videos? Evidently, they have the kind of gas that will clear rooms of people and they drool. I can’t stand either one of those things. And yet.

Why is the weather cooling off everywhere but here in Florida? 60 degrees in London the other day. Cooling trends up north of here. I think the government should pay our air conditioning bills until they create a dome in which Florida’s climate can be regulated to a balmy 78 degrees.

32 Responses to Random Observations

  1. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    I never did understand the American trend of wearing trainers with formal wear. Trainers with dresses? I’ve seen businessmen walking around wearing full suits and trainers! It’s weird, I say, weird! I like smart casual, sure, but for me that means shirt, jeans and trainers not a suit and a pair of trainers. Crikey, I could never leave the house! 🙂

    Fun article, Audre. You keep writing about those bulldogs and my, sorry, their habits! :-))

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    • audremyers says:

      I don’t understand either, 39. But here’s the deal – in the sixties (the 19 kind, not the 18 kind, thank you very much), girls wore white sneakers with skirts or dresses. The old fashioned kind of sneaker – not super beefed up rubber or the kind that flash built in lights when they are being walked in. But those sneakers were white. I mean, a decent teen girl wouldn’t be caught dead wearing white sneakers with a smudge. Fashion – where everything old is new again.

      Love those little buggers!

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        🙂

        Before I pop off, I’ll leave you a tune from my current favourite album. I’m not usually a fan of pop but this album is pure ’80’s retro gaming so for me, it’s perfect!

        Enjoy:

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        • audremyers says:

          Something in the air, I guess. Yesterday, tooling around YT, I kept seeing videos for Little Dragon. Laughing – I thought it was a kids’ movie or one of those awful kungfu type movies, lol!

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  2. I think it was bulldogs that my wife used to prove the existence of God.

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  3. Excellent point re: philosophy, Audre. I used to teach a Philosophy elective course at my little private school. I loved delving into these deep thinkers, and really exploring their ideas—and then discussing that with students. We did St. Aquinas, St. Anselm, and the like—the major arguments in favor of the existence of God—and also looked at their detractors. But there was always this unsettling sense that we couldn’t TRULY know through philosophical speculation alone (although Aquinas and Anselm would have argued otherwise, and did so quite convincingly, I would add).

    I think Kierkegaard gets the closest to the Truth: in matters of faith, we have to embrace God’s Existence passionately—even absurdly! That’s what true FAITH is—accepting God for Who He Says He Is, even if it’s our hard for us, with our dim awareness, to understand Him. Of course we aren’t going to be able to wrap our minds around Him. So we must open our hearts to Him instead. Philosophy alone can’t bridge that gap.

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    • audremyers says:

      Brilliant comment, Port. Thank you for taking it easy on me – it seems people are as passionate about philosophy as I am about Jesus, lol, so it was a little risky writing that observation.

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    • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

      That’s the crux of the matter. We humans are fallible and fickle creatures. The best we can do is love one another, love our God and hope that whatever choices we make in life are good enough. When our conscious and/or moral compass is prickled, we can usually feel it and alter our behaviour and choices personally.

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  4. Nicholas says:

    i taught Philosophy for a year before moving on from teaching, I covered epistemology and philosophy of religion, but I also did extra-curricular philosophy.

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  5. the unit says:

    Everything you need to know. Ancient mankind held on to his hunting apparatus and religion.
    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
    Progressive lighting caused algae to grow there and started ruining it all by 1963. 🙂
    This is ‘This day in history’ September 12, in case link changes daily.

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  6. audremyers says:

    Nicholas says: Ok; I read as much as I was interested in and then stepped away with the same question – what does this solve? I guess it’s important to ask ‘how we know’ but I suspect if you asked your average 10 year old child how they know things, they’d tell you what we all know (pardon the pun) – we saw it, we heard it or heard about it, we did it.

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  7. audremyers says:

    the unit – See? That xy gene will get you in trouble every time! Be sure to warn NEO; Sunday Funnies is coming up.

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  8. JessicaHof says:

    I am with you on the Markle person – but men can be such fools, and I guess it didn’t help the poor boy losing his mother so early.
    I can tell I am getting old, I have no idea what most of the entertainment news is about at all. Whenever I spot something in the supermarket it looks as though some poor dear has forgotten her skirt and is wearing a belt by mistake. I think that makes me officially middle-aged!

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