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doublespeak philosophy

  • Money is power.
  • Power comes with responsibility.
Let's accept these as givens, and examine their various permutations...

Does responsibility come with power?
Well, sure. By ignoring responsibility, you cause damage and heartache. That's no small feat, and you don't even break a sweat doing it.

Does power come with money?
Of course. Why claw your way to the top otherwise?

Does responsibility come with money?
You'd think so, but personal experience says differently. I've always had a ton of responsibilities, and not a cent to speak of.

Does money come with responsibility?
Most people would say no.

  • Knowledge is power.
  • Ignorance is bliss.
I'll leave these ones open for you:
    Is power the opposite of bliss?

    Must knowledge lead to misery?

    Does knowledge come with responsibility?

    Does responsibility come with knowledge?

    Do the ignorant have any responsibility?

    Do the blissful have any money?

    Is knowledge equivilant to money?

    Is money equivilant to knowledge?
Discuss.

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speedball
Aug. 26th, 2002 07:05 pm (UTC)
I guess power and responsibility aren't great...
For any symbolic logic equations I use:
P=Power
R=Responsibility
K=Knowledge
B=Bliss
! means not.

Is power the opposite of bliss?
While the logical equations (should I care to write them out, and assuming that ignorance is the opposite of knowledge, which is reasonable) support that, considering how often I hear about people getting "high on power," I'd have to say no...

Must knowledge lead to misery?
No. Ignorance may be bliss, but that doesn't mean knowledge creates misery. It reduces bliss, but that's not necessarily misery. The assumption that you've made is that misery and bliss are opposites. Bliss is positive and misery is negative, but not necessarily along the same scale. I think of bliss as being at peace, not necessarily happy. Which would mean that knowledge leads to restlessness, which I think you would agree with.

Does knowledge come with responsibility?
Of course. Given our assumptions:
K==P (knowledge is <logically equivalent to> power) and P->R (If power, then responsibility which is the translation of "With power comes responsibility" into a pure logical statement)
then K->R

Does responsibility come with knowledge?
Assuming your conclusion above that responsibility comes with power, then it follows that responsibility comes with knowledge...

Do the ignorant have any responsibility?
Maybe. P->R is equivalent to K->R (shown above), but this is not logically equivalent to !K->!R It is equivalent to !R->!K, however, which means that with no responsibility, there is no knowledge. Thus, the irresponsible are ignorant, which means they are also powerless.

Do the blissful have any money?
Nope. The logic tells us that, and using my definition of bliss, I think you would find few people that disagreed. I haven't met anyone with money at peace with life and/or themselves.

Is knowledge equivilant to money?
According to the assumptions you set up, yes.
K==P and P==M
thus K==M
Which is supported by the fact that those who have a college degree on average earn more than those with only a high school diploma...

Is money equivilant to knowledge?
Trivially so. K==M is identically equal to M==K

Kurt
Wow. I actually used my symbolic logic class...
self
Aug. 26th, 2002 11:58 pm (UTC)
They can be, but I reduced from G(P)->G(R). Didn't you take algebra? Always simplify!
I don't know that you're putting a lot of thought into some of the deeper quesitons, but I did like this:
      Thus, the irresponsible are ignorant, which means they are also powerless.

You should rethink your stance on Bliss, though. I always associated it with words like Euphoric and ...some other word.

Sorry - I jumped ahead to do this, and lost my train of thought. But the word felt really natural, and supported my definition. You should believe me based on my recommendation of it as evidence.

I can see where you're coming from, though.

Why would ignorance raise you to a spiritual high?

      *evil grin*

            ...because spiritualism is based in ignorance?

                  *is struck down by lightning*

                        Ow.
lizzvoltage
Aug. 26th, 2002 11:51 pm (UTC)
If I may,
<3
self
Aug. 27th, 2002 12:29 am (UTC)
You may indeed
Thanks. I'm actually proud of this entry.
(The good ones seem to be few and further between..)
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