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72 More Mind Games

I’m not letting go of eternal life! The mind games of article 61 and article 62 continue to haunt me and beckon me to exist forever. Let us add one more thought to those articles. Metaphysics of eternal existence The articles together probe existence beyond physical manifestation. This follows Plato’s form of the good in which an idea extends without, or before and after, the presence of a tangible object. Existence extends beyond physical matter. Inadequacy of physical resurrection The articles recognize that the simplistic appeal of physical resurrection is not an answer to end all questions. What we now …

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22 Rising above altruism

On one level, the word altruism is the empty set.  It has a definition but contains no elements.  Why no substance?  Psychological hedonism teaches that selfless concern for others gives satisfaction, which is a selfish reward.  (Nothing is completely selfless.)  To avoid circular reasoning, let us rephrase the question.  We ask merely whether an action is beneficial.  There is no need to isolate a beneficiary or to define “selfish” by distinguishing self from others. Self-oriented passages of the Old Testament are isolationist and genocidal, separating “us” from “them” (the group level of “self” and “non-self”).  On the other hand, some …

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