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Identity

On Xenophilia

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During these dark days of worsening refugee crisis, can we still imagine reaching a state of "xenophilia"...overcoming our "homophily", i.e. the love of that which is like us, and reaching the love of that which is different?

Indeed, if we're ever going to care enough about conflict, genocide, poverty, hunger etc. enough to act on them properly, then we need to try much harder to avoid conflict with people we might not yet fully understand.

 

 

On the Self

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The Ego Trick looked at the 'bundle theory' of the self, and argued that we don't have a permanent essential self, but instead are a bundle of thoughts, sensations and impulses...doesn't feel like that though.

 

On Music

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Indigenous peoples who have never even listened to the radio can nonetheless reportedly pick up on happy, sad, and fearful emotions in Western music.

I read somewhere that the expression of emotions is a basic feature of Western music, whereas in other musical traditions, music has traditionally more often been appreciated for other qualities, such as group coordination in rituals.

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The state is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behaviour- we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently toward one another....We are the state, and we shall continue to be the state until we have created the institutions that form a real community and society of men - Gustav Landauer, Schwache Stattsmanner, Schwacheres Volk!, June, 1910 http://web.archive.org/web/20071020051936/http://iq.org/

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Don't let your struggle become your identity - Ralston Bowles (born 1952)- American musician

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The way I am and the way I write are a unity All my ideas and all my endeavours are myself - Memories, Dreams and Reflections, Flamingo edition 1989, p14