Archive for the ‘Bullshit’ Tag

Keep On Blogging — 11 Years Out   1 comment

kennetu-ii-blogComputer Art by kenne (November 26, 2005)

In November of 2006, I posted the following noting the first anniversary of blogging:

. . . One year ago, 135 entries later and approximately 9,500 hits, this blog began with the purpose of sharing existence through the experience of one with the desire to generate other views on our place in time and space.  In doing so, I have come to the realization that this poetic gesture may be nothing more than bullshit to someone else.

So, on the anniversary I’m taking this moment to share a few words from the renowned moral philosopher, Harry G. Frankfurt:

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so
much bullshit. Everyone knows this.  Each of us contributes his
share.”

And I would add, some more than others.
But then, one person’s truth is someone else’s bullshit.

“As conscious beings, we exist only in response to other things,
and we cannot know ourselves at all without knowing them.
Moreover, there is nothing in theory, and certainly nothing in
experience, to support the extraordinary judgment that it is
the truth about himself that is the easiest for a person to know.
Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and resistant to
skeptical dissolution.  Our natures are, indeed, elusively
insubstantial – notoriously less stable and less inherent than
the nature of other things.  And insofar as this is the case,
sincerity itself is bullshit.”

This view may cause some confusion.
But, not in our upside-down world
in which the normal order of things
seem to be completely reversed.

This often exists because the
, “. . .more you try to stay
on top of water the more you sink;
but when you try to sink, you float.”

kenne

 

Blogging Since November, 2005   1 comment

The following contains copy of a posting one year after starting a blog in November of 2005. I began a draft of this post in November 2014.
There have been a few distractions since then.

San Antonio, April 2009The Blue Door — Computer Art by kenne

Prose and Photography, like Life, has its own Justification.

One year ago, 135 entries later and approximately 9,500 views, this blog began with the purpose of sharing existence through the experience of one with the desire to generate other views on our place in time and space.  In doing so, I have come to the realization that this poetic gesture may be nothing more than bullshit to someone else.

So, on this anniversary I’m taking this moment to share a few words from the renowned moral philosopher, Harry G. Frankfurt:

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this.  Each of us contributes his share.”

And I would add, some more than others. But then, one person’s truth is someone else’s bullshit.

“As conscious beings, we exist only in response to other things, and we cannot know ourselves at all without knowing them. Moreover, there is nothing in theory, and certainly nothing in experience, to support the extraordinary judgment that it is the truth about himself that is the easiest for a person to know. Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and resistant to skeptical dissolution.  Our natures are, indeed, elusively insubstantial – notoriously less stable and less inherent than the nature of other things.  And insofar as this is the case, sincerity itself is bullshit.” 

This view may cause some confusion. But, not in our upside-down world in which the normal order of things seem to be completely reversed. This often exist because the, “. . .more you try to stay on top of water the more you sink; but when you try to sink, you float.” Effort is good, but effort exceeded can have the reverse effect. The key is knowing how to assess the effort.

. . .remember to assess the effort, but poetry and photography, like life, has its own justification.

kenne

. . . from Turner’s notes — 

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” 

— Rainer Maria Rilke

California Poppy Art   2 comments

Italian Springs 2013

Image by kenne

Is this poppy art,

or just poppycock?

I don’t know,

do you?

I know,

my questions

are just

bullshit!

kenne

What Is Up? What Is Down?   1 comment

Image by kenne

Why is it that so often today, “up” can become “down” and “down” can become “up?” Frequently, politicians and the media represent themselves
as being engaged in conveying true information, even though they are not engaged in that activity at all. Instead, they are attempting through their
words and phases to manipulate the opinions and attitudes of the listener. In doing so, they are indifferent to whether what they say is true
or whether it is false, therefore, up can be down and down can be up.

Most people can recognize such indifference as the hallmark of “bullshit.” Even so, the bullshitter may continue to make the case, in
complete disregard for the truth, that the evidence for a certain position is conclusive and that there can be no further reasonable question
of whether the position is true.

As the uncertainty concerning whether a position is true or not diminishes, resistance to accepting the position evaporates.
The listener is freed of doubt anxieties, finally becoming relaxed and confident – a feeling of being “all knowing.”
This can be despite the over-mounting ridiculousness of their claims – a trafficker in the absurdity.

kenne

Posted October 31, 2010 by kenneturner in Art, Commentary

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