reply to post by AfterInfinity
You are right to bring question to this. Philosophical debate often leads to semantics. This is why I should have laid out the definitions, and agreed
upon them, before I ripped straight to the corollary. But I get so tired of the nuts and bolts sometimes, and I usually use the form of the
, used mostly by the more negative of philosophers like Schopenhauer or Nietzsche, to incite emotion with insight instead of stuffy
pedantry. No one likes to read that s##t; and the enlightened ones usually shy away from too much logic, rationality and sound arguments.
Take the previous paragraph for example, I could've just said, "Ah well," and achieved about the same.
noun ( pl. vanities )
1. excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements: it flattered his vanity to think I was in love with him | the personal
vanities and ambitions of politicians.
Vanity is a topic of great interest to me.
I see vanity, in its modern sense, as the upholding of one's self image, or how one wishes others would perceive him. This was my intended usage.
You are right to make mention of its more archaic usage and etymology, that being "empty" or "without substance."
LesMisanthrope, please clarify your hypothesis: are you saying that enlightenment encourages or bolsters vanity in people?
Or are you saying that enlightenment in and of itself is vain?
Something that doesn't exist outside of thought can not be vain or encourage anything. I only argued that he who calls himself enlightened is vain,
and not in the least bit enlightened. When anyone claims they are enlightened, we intuitively know that they are not, unless we submit to paradox,
thereby discovering that they claim enlightenment for appearances sake only.
It could also be argued that the pursuit of enlightenment, since it is futile, is empty and without value, but that's only because the promised reward
is not attainable. When it is not the pursuit of enlightenment (an abstract concept), but instead the pursuit of the pursuit
, the adventure of
knowledge (something concrete, experiential) as the reward, we find the pursuit of enlightenment isn't so vain after all, only full of misplaced
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