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Posted 3/22/07

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What do you guys think about small talk? I really don't like being forced to talk about nothing. I try to only speak when I have something at least semi-important to say. I feel that when one gets to wrapped up in earnest small talk, they're voice gets diluted and we just tend to agree with people who say things that you don't actually agree with, just to keep the conversation going along smoothly and happily. I think people need to questions others more often and actually engage in real discussions rather than the latest gossip, superficially rating random people as hot or not, complaining about things when you don't even have concrete facts, etc.

In short, there needs to be less mindless jabbering and more thought out dialogue.
Mindless jabbering does have a purpose: giving people temporary relief from practical realities of life that aren't always pretty or easy to bear.

Also, one can learn a lot about the human nature from listening to small talk. That's if one knows how to listen as well as knowing what to look for.


i agree, though i generally avoid small talk.
another thing: proposing to reduce 'small talk' is a way of asking for people with an low IQ who can't think and make good conversation be wiped off the earth.
i once held the same notion, but now i think it silly. i've seen a university professor, trying to coerce 'not so bright' students to be 'smarter'. - it was very ugly



Cowardice is an attribute I can never accept. Say a guy with a gun is harassing someone, regardless of the situation I would stand up and confront this person. Even if I were to die in the act, I would at least die knowing that I did the ‘right’ thing. I don't care for much else than that.
I disagree with you on the concept of cowardice. The rest: what you are - in essence - talking about are egoism and self-centredness.

(Note: when I say you/your, I mean generic you/your.)

While cowardice is widely-regarded as a negative character trait, I think recognising and accepting an amount of cowardice with grace is harder - and more noble - than throwing your life away without any thoughts for possible consequences of your death because the acceptance of (moral) cowardice requires responsibility while standing up for the others does the same, but doesn't necessarily mean it's a good - nor better - thing to do.

i was sort of thinking the same thing.
i consider the person who is standing and watching the scenario, not doing anything even though he/she can, to be more self-centered than cowardly.

but if he/she is truly scared, i wouldn't hold anything against them. that person is probably just as frightened as the person being harassed.

the coward i see to be the mix of the two. the friend who refuses to absail down the cliff during the school camp trip.
here only the coward's life is in danger. how he/she reacts when another life is involved is how i think will determine how self-fish they are.
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I totally understand what you mean about having faux friends. I remember in high school it used to be so important that everyone liked you and that you had the biggest clique. I fell into that trap and as a result I became someone who wasn't me. By my senior year I just started cutting out the toxic people in my life and that left me with about three really good friends. Since then (yeah it's been a long time) we've grown apart and I went to work in an industry that is based on superficiality (retail hell). I was taught to simulate relationships with people in order to get them to spend more money for crap they didn't need. The "friends" I made there were all my co-workers since being a manager I had to spend most of my time at work. I noticed that I wasn't able to be myself around my co-workers because we never really connected. Thankfully, I left retail before I lost anymore of my soul. I'm back in school again, and in an academic setting I've noticed that I've really been able to cultivate real relationships with people since I'm in a setting where people are encouraged to stand up for their convictions and beliefs.

Anyway, sorry I'm a bit long winded. What do you want? I'm an english major, words are my life. I really enjoyed your paper, but you should really consider revising it just so you can really explore some of your points a little more in depth. I especially would like to know more about your family...I don't know...it kind of reminded me of my upbringing.
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Well first off, i agree with many things you said, i agree that people usually take up the religion that their parents have without actually knowing what they are "worshiping".
A point that you made about circumstantial friends i do not agree on to some degree, while i do not like to associate with people i don´t like and i never make pretend-friends , i do see that some people need that comfort and i will not speak ill of them for that, also i consider myself a man/boy of fairly strong will and views on my being i acknowledge that not all people are like that thus i don´t hold it against anyone that does not jump in between 2 "gangstas" who went into a gunfight because of name-calling, life is just too valuable and precious to be thrown away like that, i will however try my best and actually take a bullet or two for someone i care or if it can prevent the lives of other people from being taken.


BasouKazuma wrote:
What do you guys think about small talk? I really don't like being forced to talk about nothing. I try to only speak when I have something at least semi-important to say. I feel that when one gets to wrapped up in earnest small talk, they're voice gets diluted and we just tend to agree with people who say things that you don't actually agree with, just to keep the conversation going along smoothly and happily. I think people need to questions others more often and actually engage in real discussions rather than the latest gossip, superficially rating random people as hot or not, complaining about things when you don't even have concrete facts, etc.


Again i don´t mind small talk, for humans are naturally social beings and need this kind of interface, i don´t like to do it that much but still i will small talk to anyone if i´m approached i just see that not doing so would offend and hurt the other person, yeah even bums.

Your views seem a bit extreme to me Basou to speak frankly I don´t really belive that you would have the same views if you had a child or a greater responsibility than yourself, i could be wrong since i have never studied philosophy but this just how i feel and these are my world views.
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PS: A machine can never be a human if it has not been born from the unity of a male and a female human, if it has then you can name it half-human or something, but as soon as robots have developed consciousness and have started co-excisting with humans i would not be offended if they called themselves humans or if i was called a robot, why? because i don´t put credit on titles.
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ok I only read the first post, BK everyone philosophizes at some point in their lives.
True philosophers are very rare in my opinion.
Due to certain events since the beginning of this year, I don't know who I am anymore, so I cannot even describe my personal philosophy. This might sound silly to some of you, but it's the truth.
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meh, that little true philosophers slogan can seem to sound good, but does not hold water unless your going by some strict definition of 'philosopher'. What I'm talking you probably mean by philosopher then is someone who thinks in a significantly original way, breaks trends, etc, such as Wittgenstein or Nietzsche. I just take a philosopher to be a person who practices philosophy, or someone who investigates ethics, epistemology, etc. Different degrees at that point, but thats all.

Whats with all this other talk, "I dont know who I am". You get raped by rhinoceroses like cbisram, and are in shock?
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You're right Eros.

Yes, I don't know who I am, as simple as that. This happens sometimes to conscious beings you know. What is the Self by the way? if you have the answer please let me know.

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Mauz, there is no really answer to that question; but, I'll say this humans are creatures who learn more and more about the self-conscious thoroughout the cycle known as life
Posted 3/22/07

BasouKazuma wrote:
I think people need to questions others more often and actually engage in real discussions rather than the latest gossip, superficially rating random people as hot or not, complaining about things when you don't even have concrete facts, etc.

In short, there needs to be less mindless jabbering and more thought out dialogue.


I agree totally. I try to find something interesting to ask each day and write it down... I have a long list so far. I also try not to accept things at face value but to find what motives are behind them before judging them.
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that does make sense henz. it is never good to conform to others believes or ideals without first examing the reasons why you would do so.
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"A child should be taught of multiple ways of thought so that he/she can reach their own conclusions."

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"Due to certain events since the beginning of this year, I don't know who I am anymore, so I cannot even describe my personal philosophy. This might sound silly to some of you, but it's the truth."

The point is, that you have not lost your personal philosophy or anything. You may not be able to describe it well, you may get flustered by the question "who am I" but you still have a personal philosophy to some degree.

And I finally finished my paper, ugh, so ill go read yours BK.
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sHiN_sAiKo wrote:

"A child should be taught of multiple ways of thought so that he/she can reach their own conclusions."

^^B



i like that. agreed.
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Posted 3/23/07

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I don't know who I am,



You are that guy.

who's name i found by chance on videosift last week.
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Posted 3/23/07
"Fight for the future" I know it sounds cliche and SFIII but Its what I believe in for all aspects. Its a little broad but it has a lot to do with nature and radical social action. Real roots kind of things. That is all
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Posted 3/23/07

kevyin wrote:


mauz15 wrote:

I don't know who I am,



You are that guy.

who's name i found by chance on videosift last week.


yeah yeah, I know.....lame post, as always. >_>
oh you're on VS too? username please
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