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December 29, 2012

Riding high

Filed under: Philosophy — bitchontheblog @ 15:32
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Just had revolutionary thought.

We are defined by those who like us. Most certainly we are defined by those WE like.

Ha, get your brain round that one whilst cleaning the bathroom and before writing your next novel. I am in bloody awe of myself. On the strength of that thought alone I am sure Nietzsche would have accepted me as his apprentice. Not because he’d agreed with my notion but because he’d have known that I would have saved that horse in Turin on his behalf.




  1. I do wonder how you are going to get the horse into the black kettle. The nice thing about philosophers is that they are too scatter brained to notice what happens next.

    Comment by Looney — December 29, 2012 @ 17:27 | Reply

    • I can tell, Looney: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I wasn’t planning on boiling the horse but, if it makes you happy, I will lay on some salami.

      Whether philosophers are, as you assert, ‘scatter brained’ is debatable. Considering that there is an unpalatable link between mathematics and philosophy you may wish to retrace your steps.

      As it happens had most animated discussion with my father a few days ago about philosophy. Let’s leave aside for the moment that from the moment we can utter our very first question that we are all ‘philosophers’ fact is that, just like with wine, there are the dry and corked (Hegel), the downright depressing (Kierkegaard), the amusing whilst incomprehensible (Wittgenstein), the stuck up bastards (Sartre) and then, oh blessed relief, there are the poets among philosophers. Those to whom language, the beauty of it, matters as much as content. My two favourites, and I drown in their sea, being Nietzsche in his Zarathustra and Schopenhauer in his Aphorisms. Does it work in translation? Probably not. I do not wish to find out – having read the original does it for me. And who wants to be disenchanted?


      Comment by bitchontheblog — December 30, 2012 @ 10:37 | Reply

      • Just for reference, they eat horse sashimi in Japan, with the best part being the tail.

        I am impressed that you have done all that reading. Was that voluntary or were you compelled?

        Comment by Looney — January 1, 2013 @ 03:58 | Reply

  2. Well, no, we’re equally defined by those who dislike us. We adapt ourselves to fend off their attacks and accentuate our charms.

    Comment by Nick — December 30, 2012 @ 09:30 | Reply

    • Good point, Nick, though I do disagree. Where you and I differ is that it would never occur to me that we are “equally defined by those who dislike us”. I have experienced little, if any, dislike in my life. However, over time, I have learnt (a tiny bit) where you, Nick, are coming from, trying to understand some of the hints you give as to your history as best I can.

      And yes, I too do “adapt” myself sometimes. But I never think of life in terms of “fending off attacks” as you put it. My belief is that people are not out to get anyone. And if anyone was out to get ME they’d have another thing coming. And that’s a promise. Funny thing is, Nick, and maybe worth reflecting on, that I come across as combative on the page and in discussion, and I most certainly take few things lying down, yet am perceived by those who know me as one of the most benign creatures ever having walked the earth. Yes, really. I too am astonished at the straw poll. Whilst one of my commentators recently observed that she wouldn’t wish me as an enemy I most certainly wouldn’t be afraid of meeting myself in a dark alley.

      Charmed, I am sure,


      Comment by bitchontheblog — December 30, 2012 @ 10:15 | Reply

  3. On the subject of defining ourselves…physiologists tell us that our entire bodies regenerate every 7 years, so our self is a new self every 7 years. The Buddha tells us that everything–including any notion of our “self” at any moment in time is impermanent and an illusion. I say we can’t be defined, or trying to do so is fruitless. Kind of liberating, huh? 🙂 (I’m only just partly trying to mess with your mind, U…)

    Comment by Lorna's Voice — January 2, 2013 @ 18:07 | Reply

  4. Yes, I also like the idea that we’re defined by who we dislike as well as the rest of it. Good to have some definite limits and not be all mushy. It also gives more definition and credit to those whom we rate.

    Comment by blackwatertown — January 13, 2013 @ 11:38 | Reply

    • Paul, don’t you come to me with the notion of ‘boundaries’. I know no bounds. And if I want mush I’ll pulp it myself. I will think about your last sentence. Rather interesting notion. Have a feeling I might challenge you on the credit bit of ‘credit to those whom we rate’.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — January 13, 2013 @ 12:48 | Reply

      • Cool. Challenge away.

        Comment by blackwatertown — January 13, 2013 @ 22:29 | Reply

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