'One challenge for life now is getting maximum or sufficient or optimal freedom for individuals (& particular groups) while maintaining relatively orderly progress for groups/masses of people, along with all the systems on Earth (& a little bit beyond).'
-Memento Vivere project rough notes, 2/1/2020
Coming to awareness of mortality 'raises questions about immortality, about whether immortality exists, and, if so, precisely how.
With immortality, or the lack thereof, at stake, along with one's life and the future of one's fellow human beings, especially biological and/or cultural offspring -- no wonder [awareness of mortality], as experienced, is so definitive.'
D.i.D., p. 13
'...in the world of infinity, a part may be equal to the whole!'
-G. Gamouw, One, Two, Three...Inifinity, p. 17
'THINGS (& BEING)
Question: How do you organize/group/manage everything in your life?'
To respond to that, we'll probably have to address some categories such as
'organization & chaos' and 'regularity & irregularity'
-Memento Vivere project outline, 8 May 2020, adapted
'Memento mori, as it operates experientially or existentially, asks questions such as "What does one know?"
"What does one do?"
and "What does one find oneself caught up in?"
D.i.D., p. 13, adapted
'Happy 250th birthday to one of history's great Romantic artists! People don't usually think of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel as a Romantic Hero, but he's the philosophical equivalent of Beethoven -- born the same year -- and his philosophical preoccupations were just as Romantic and Heroic as Beethoven's musical ones.'
G. Bartley, "The Biggest Picture," Philosophy Now (Oct/Nov 2020), p. 4
'At its most ambitious, memento vivere as a project is a fusion of rhetoric, psychology, and cosmology (Bloom, 1973/1997, xxvi) that can never match Shakespeare's eloquence, Hip Hop's power, the mystery of the oceans, or of the galaxies.
But this project does try to point to the same expansive, all-inclusive, singular-diverse realities that these (Shakespeare / Hip Hop / oceans / galaxies) give us in and of our lives.
One starting place for this is with
Things (& Being).'
-Memento Vivere project rough notes, p. 2
If an individual's discourse-use within a group 'is accompanied by displays of emotion' that correspond to that group's emotion, 'then that individual will be judged to be a "cooperator"...and group members will predict further cooperative behavior from that individual in relation to [their] group (adapted from Bubulia and Sosis, 2011, 365; cf. Irons 2001)'.
XJ, pp. 94-95 (adapted)
'The Franklin, also known as the "Fugio," cent [a penny coin] was authorized by Congress in 1787 and thus...predates the constitutional regime....' Its two inscriptions 'We Are One' and 'Mind Your Business' 'perfectly express a minted conflict between two national impulses....'
M. Meltzer, Secular Revelations, p. 53, adapted
Ben Bennett-Carpenter teaches at a university in the Great Lakes region of North America and coaches at Sollars & Associates, Inc.