empiricism

This is honestly one of my favourite ways of all time of representing different approaches to knowledge. Plato is pointing to heaven, saying that we should get our knowledge of the world from forms; Aristotle is reaching out towards the earth, saying that we should get our knowledge from empirical observation. (I personally agree with painting!Aristotle on this one.)

Senior American Military Officials of World War II, 1945

Just finished watching Franklin J. Schaffner’s Patton from 1970. The in-film Nazi criticism of the general proved to be my favorite, pitting him as a Byron-like Romantic general from another time caught in the 20th Century. His knowledge of military and general history astounded me, although his devil-may-care ideology of war as the ultimate manifestation of man do oppose my generally pacifist personal beliefs. The other aspect I found fascinating was his fervent faith of reincarnation, wherein upon surveying ancient battlefields, he often recounted the story of the conflict and stated that he was there. A reincarnationist historian brings a new level to phenomenology, where the participant in an historical location brings an empirical palimpsest of experience converging in his or her mind, breaking the boundaries of time and space.

I don’t hate you because you’re White.

I hate you because you deny the fact that you have numerous privileges that make it easy for you to succeed in life while I’m obliged to work twice as good and my darker sisters have to work three times harder than both of us.


White people, Mixed people… know your privileges.