Jedi Wanderer's Blog – September 2011 Archive (2)

The shell conception of the body politic

It is easy and therefore tempting to conceptualize things two-dimensionally, and this is no different when it comes to thinking about society. We use bell curves and bar graphs to analyze all the different segments of society, but things are different when we want to look at society as a whole. In this case, I find it is helpful to think about society as a spherical entity, with parts of this mega-organism closer to the core of the sphere and many other parts far closer to the surface area. One… Continue

Added by Jedi Wanderer on September 20, 2011 at 12:07am — 3 Comments

Another rant on motivation

While watching the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, I was inspired to write about thumos. The prototypical thumotic character, in the long vein stretching from Achilles and Odysseus to Mel Gibson and William Shatner, has always been thought of as the hero, the powerful, swash-buckling, motorcycle-riding, black leather-wearing, straight-shooting, quick-witted, most-popular person. I call this the “rocket-man” persona. It is the expression of the thumotic, spirited, “eternal fire”… Continue

Added by Jedi Wanderer on September 19, 2011 at 11:47pm — 1 Comment

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