Saturday, August 16, 2014

Alex Watches 'The Giver' / Our Subsequent Discussion



Song:  In The Year 2525

Artists:  Zager and Evans




'The Giver' is one of Alex's favorite books...
along with '1984'.


Alex loves utopian and dystopian themed novels.

Last night was the national theater premiere of the movie...
'The Giver'.

As my wife knew how much Alex loved the novel, 'The Giver'...
we decided to go to the late showing of the movie last night.

We first went out to eat at a Japanese restaurant near the theater.

Alex had eaten Unagi Don...
my wife had a Sushi platter...
and I had chosen a Pork Katsu meal.

We had finished our meal near 10:00 PM and we made our way to the theater
with plenty of time to spare, as the movie didn't actually start until almost 11:00 PM
(we ended up not getting home until after 1:00 AM).

We bought our drinks and popcorn...
and had picked out our seats
(when we arrived...there was no one in the theater...
so we had our pick of seats  :)

By the time the movie started...
there were only five other people watching
(And so why we only go to the late night showings.
Usually we are the only ones in the theater  :)


First of all...
we really enjoyed the movie...
especially Alex.

It was refreshing in content and in its simplicity.

It was not bogged down by unnecessary special effects...
and the very simple messages were illustrated very simply
(very simple metaphors throughout the movie...many of which are unsaid). 


Although Alex is still relatively inexperienced 
with close interpersonal interactions as part of society's
accepted norm (which are often wrong as they are generally too superficial)...
Alex is especially keen as to societal implications arising from 
its general philosophy as seen from a macro perspective.

Right away...
you can see the faulty thinking of the, supposed, utopian society.

 It all lies in their faulty premises
(a fundamental Marxist ideology).


Although I had enjoyed the movie...
it was in our drive home that I had really enjoyed the evening.

We had an indepth discussion of not the movie itself...
but of the fundamental faults of the philosophy of the (supposed) utopian society 
and of how real life examples of the portrayed dystopian society exist in modern societies...
and of how many people allow themselves to be herded as if they were sheep (sheeple)...
without forethought...without reason...and do so...willingly.

We talked of how easily people are manipulated...
the reasons they allow themselves to be so easily led and mentally imprisoned...
the methods and mechanisms behind the manipulation...
and modern examples of the manifestations of them in our own society
through the use of a simple shifting of the burden of the argument...
which then leads to divisive (emotional) tactics
and incremental application strategies.

Euphemisms are employed from the beginning to cleanse
and shield those of the particular agenda of evil intent.

A false argument is set up as part of the divisive tactics 
and one of the shifting of the burden of the argument
through the use of one simple PC word
(the favorites being sexism and racism).

When a simple valid extension of their own logic, as demonstrated in their 
incremental application of their fundamentally unsound argument, is shown
to end in an unsound conclusion...
they will then attempt to defend themselves by falsely labeling 
the 'attack' on their unsound argument as being a 'slippery slope' argument.

I had used the example of how even something so plainly wrong as infanticide
may be incorrectly justified in the minds of the sheeple
(they were practicing it in the movie...and it is only one step removed in real life...
even today...in late term abortions...and only until very recently...partial birth abortions...
and I had described how the above mechanisms are actually employed 
in these particular cases).  

You must understand...
I do not make the case against first term abortions...
and, as we are not religious...I do not use a religious argument.  
I argue how late term abortions and partial birth abortions are
absolutely wrong morally.  Just in how we, as a people, may forego
so basic a moral as the sacred bond between mother and child...
and can accept that how the MOST innocent of us all...
may be thought of as the 'property of the woman'...
and so, of how it may be killed and discarded
on nothing more than the excuse of the 'psychological welfare of the mother'...
then anything goes...any moral may be breached out of convenience...
any actions may be justified using these same false arguments...
and how using the same unsound reasoning...
any lesser actions may be justified just by the mere existence
of the viewing of this most egregious action against the innocent...
as being justified.


We had then discussed how a 180 degree turn may be effected 
through the use of incremental changes...
and so, how completely insane actions may be justified
through the solidification of each degree of turn because
of how many people think in specific terms and issues...
instead of taking a macro view through logical inferencing
as a guide and of using sound arguments to establish right from wrong.

We again discussed of how
evil in the world is allowed to be perpetrated time and again...
because people are taught WHAT to think...
instead of HOW to think.

Intelligent, but evil, people commonly use the above 
strategies and tactics in their constant attempt
to manipulate and deceive through the establishment
of 'valid arguments' as opposed to 'sound arguments'.

(although I do not agree with the distinction...
a valid argument may be made...
whether ultimately right or wrong...
by using a false premise...
whereas a sound argument must have a correct premise.
This is how those of evil use higher education to deceive 
(just listen to the many talking heads and deceptive politicians
who sell out our future for their personal wealth, power, and fame).
It is purposeful, and directed, using any means to effect a final result
of herding the masses toward their agenda...at any cost).


We have been teaching Alex basic philosophy...
and logic and reasoning...since he was very young.

The ability to critically reason is the essence of true intelligence.

Basic Philosophy...
is the study of critical reasoning...
of how to think...
of how to discern truth and basic concepts and principles in life...
of how to realize the soundness of morals and values...
and so, how to walk the path of life on a positive spiral...
as opposed to following deceit, false paths, and immorality...
and the negative spiral which lies down such a path.

Philosophy teaches how to lead a moral life...
and so, how to truly live a life filled with meaning and purpose...
not because of what one has been taught to be true...
but because a way has been taught in how to discover truth.





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