Understudy 08

September 18th, 2013, 4:46 am

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Nothing on TV
but Jeremy Kyle.

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Reply TheCatMolloy, September 18th, 2013, 5:22 am

If you watch enough Jeremy Kyle it really starts to warp your perception of people. For those of you who haven't seen it, it's about Jeremy Kyle shouting at people about their life choices. He's very good at it and it's actually fairly compelling television, but if you watch too much of it it starts to change the way you look at people. It trains you to seek flaws and ignore virtues. Jeremy Kyle is the hero of the show, he's not on anybody's side but the whole point is he's nobody's friend and can start shouting at any time.

I'm pretty sure it's scripted.

Anyway, I'm glad I stopped watching it, it was turning me into something I didn't want to be.

When Jeremy Kyle is the best thing on TV, that's when it's time to read a book.

Today, Cosmo the Quote Bunny is quoting the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.

Homework for this week is to read Locked Within by Paul Anthony Shortt. A friend of mine wrote it, it's a modern-day fantasy novel about reincarnation and the undead. Great world, just WAITING to be adapted into a D&D game.

It's the first book in a trilogy. The second book, Silent Oath, has been pre-launched for Kindle at a special discount price ahead of the book's official launch in October.

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Reply GabrielsThoughts, September 18th, 2013, 5:44 am

Are you sure Schopenhauer wasn't referring to education? Because beyond active imagination, the books I've read have never thought for me. Yet, when distilling information to a teacher, parroting or mirroring the information to gain advantage, or leveraging the information in order to become another person's need fulfilling object, I could see it as a form of outside meditation supplanting genuine wisdom.

A true WHy's guy asks many questions. That's how they become wise, and part of the reason nobody likes a wisenheimer. Although perceived arrogance real or imagined is usually a matter of transference.

Reply TheCatMolloy, September 18th, 2013, 6:36 am

I took it as referring to the way we interact with the written word, that the act of reading words on a page makes us think those words. To read is to think the thoughts of others. There are many paths to wisdom and reading allows us to look down paths others have trod, see solutions we might not have imagined, discover what was or might have been. There's a lot to be gained from contemplating your own mind, but to do so at the expense of contemplating the minds of others is folly.

Pretty sure a lot of the point of books is to think about them, it's not as if the written word replaces your own mind, it just communicates with it directly, gets you to think sentences you otherwise might not have thought.

Reply GabrielsThoughts, September 18th, 2013, 7:56 am

Curiosity is the key to victory... Sun Tsu (Tzu?) would probably disagree, but his "morals" were canine not humanistic.


I kind of liked Stephen King's argument that Dog and God are the two primary states of mankind, and that people are more like wasps than ants. I don't necessarily agree with said arguments. However, I can't help but wonder about the boy holding the magnifying glass or herding the flock with a stick. . .

Reply Raider (Guest), September 30th, 2013, 6:25 pm

Why did this make me laugh so hard?
You man are good.

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