Take this as a meta-comment.
I think it is time you had some skin in the game, so to speak, and I don't know if you really do. I think so long as the Philosophy Forum exists for you as a kind of parallel universe, none of this is really going to gel. It needs to be tempered by various kinds of inconvenient truth. In all likelihood this will turn up as an unpleasant fact about life, something you really don't want to deal with. It is not until this happens that you really know if you have learned something from all this. Then you will have some skin in the game.
What a strange comment! Yes, it's ironic to write/conceptualize about sensation/emotion, but I also get laid, eat, sh*t, walk at least a mile a day, have great friends. So I don't get all this skin-in-the-game stuff. I'm quite surprised by this response. As far as parallel universe, that too is strange. I seek out good conversation instead of watching TV. I just don't see where you are coming from.
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A few more thoughts, as I am trying to understand your motives here. Skin in the game? We all have skin in the game. We are all mortal. All of us have love for other humans who are also mortal. Are you suggesting that I commit to some spiritual abstraction? Are you suggesting that I increase my income? The second appeals to me more. I know we have significantly different backgrounds. Damn, J, if you meant well, then thanks for the good intention, but are you sure you're not projecting a personal issue my way?
---------- Post added 06-08-2010 at 05:36 PM ----------
I've got to say, J, when I re-read your comment I see all sorts of openings for smart-a** replies, but I'm not going to do that. Still, I will point out that you are playing Freud here and the wise old man there. That's fine but if you're intentions were better I don't think you have made such a show of all this. And now you are also playing a prophet of doom and suffering? Are you with Al Gore now in the Those Who Know club? What's going to gel? The wisdom you are imparting with such tactlessness?
I've been trying to point out certain irreducibles in human experience, as this is non-mystical way to underline the value of life. This was even largely inspired by a Buddha anecdote that you supplied. I don't see why you couldn't join this thread in the usual way rather than with this "meta-comment." Is that a euphemism for condescension ?
Alright, I've said what seemed right to say. No hard feelings.