T’was the day after Thanksgiving
by Andrea Elizabeth
I’m enjoying my 2-day reprieve from avoiding sugar, starches, caffeine, alcohol, and animal products (except occasionally fish). Not enough to give up tomorrow, though. Not that all decisions should be about enjoyment. Except that delaying gratification still has the goal of eternal bliss, so aesthetics are the ultimate. I haven’t yet checked to see if Kierkegaard thinks that ethics are the means to that end yet.
Artificial whipped cream and low carb fruit like strawberries can be preferable to strawberry cheesecake ice cream once you’re used to it.
We’re almost to the end of Revolution. After Philidelphia was nuked, the show has gotten pretty chaotic, but there’s enough character development and witty dialogue to keep me engaged. There was an interesting exchange between sociopath Monroe and hyper-aware Rachel regarding her moralism. He believes her to be stifled by her ethical analyses. She apparently did not have this block when she developed the science behind the event that ended up shutting off all the electricity. Sort of like Einstein not meaning to create the A-bomb. Perhaps analysis is the reflection that Kierkegaard speaks of. Hindsight is said to be 20/20.
On the other hand, how much can we trust our analyses? To completely act on one’s finite sense of morality does seem deluded. Faith does not necessarily entail complete understanding. And one cannot say one is “right” without knowing all the ramifications for each decision. Another option is blind obedience, but can one completely trust one’s authorities to give that? Another phrase is, walk in the light you have. But I think we should realize we have limited light. If one can committedly ask that it be gradually increased, and try to be willing to accept the sacrifices that will inevitably come, I think that request will be honored. But we have a tendency to rationalize not accepting all of those sacrifices.