Monday, June 29, 2015

Philosophy Wire: My own!


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2015-06-29]:

“My own"!

We talk all so often in property terms...

MY body, MY children, MY fetus...

I'll do whatever I want with them!

And in our ignorance we do not understand that in fact we know nothing about what life is, what we are, what is the soul, what is that gift of existence that we all accept and do not know how to manage it. The greatest philosophers have failed to answer these questions and yet we not only behave like we know but like we "know" it is OUR OWN.

Our arrogance prevents us from seeing the simple truth: that we are part of Nature, and that we owe everything to her. Nothing is "ours”. Not even our own body. Let alone a fetus growing within us because Nature endowed us with the gift of creating life.

Stop thinking in terms of the land registry. And you will see that everything is already yours...

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