Aristotle: Follow-up Questions

The Wise Man Seeks NOT Pleasure, but Freedom From Care and Pain.” Aristotle

Life is evil because pain is its basic stimulus and reality; and pleasure is merely a negative cessation of pain. Aristotle was right ‘The Wise Man Seeks Not Pleasure, but Freedom From Care and Pain.’”   Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy. That would make

But I have follow-up questions (comments would be greatly appreciated):

  • What if seeking freedom from pain is impossible?
  • If it is impossible, can one still achieve Freedom from Care?

What if health issues like Multiple Sclerosis guarantees you will have pain at some level all the time. You are given a life sentence of ceaseless pain and suffering. There is never a day off.  Your uninvited guest is incurable and progressive – it only gets worse. Maybe you finally got diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or psoriatic arthritis, or severe muscle spasticity and painful joints.

Perhaps you have Spinal Stenosis – the narrowing of the spinal column as you look down at the vertebrae from the top of the spine. In there is all the delicate spinal cord that travels from the white matter in the brain into the spinal column where it is protected by brilliantly designed flexible yet protective vertebrae. In its extreme cases, the cord is impinged and paralysis can occur.

What if you have had 4 cervical vertebrae fused together in your neck, have had surgery on each shoulder and 2 on one knee? I could go on and on…, but an even bigger question is…

What if you have ALL of the above?  Believe it or not, I freaking do!

What is this Blog Going to be About? Philosophy, MS & Me…?

My journey through life trying to seek happiness and peace despite the chronic pain & suffering. If not freedom from pain, can I still seek Freedom from Care as Aristotle stated?

I intend to use my love of learning to live as full an intellectual life as I can and write about it in this blog. Once there is a following to justify it we will do a Podcast as well. I hated practicing law and now MS made it so I had to retire – so  it’s not all bad.

I always wanted to write and now I can. Now I will. The main focus is & will always remain Knowledge, Philosophy and the search for the best way to live one’s life. And in my case, as with many others, how to live the best life despite MS or other serious challenges.

We will seek the best way to use philosophy to help deal with major adversity and achieve a happy, carefree and fulfilling life. I believe we need philosophy now more than ever and I look forward to building a community of amateur and professional philosophers to accompany me on my journey.

For a decade I have carried so much guilt and shame for being a diseased, horribly flawed waste of a human being. But I finally know I am not that. My health does not define me, it’s only a part of me. In fact, I would not be me if I suddenly was cured. It affects me and is very unpredictable, but it cannot define me unless I allow it. I refuse to allow it any longer. There is no shame. I didn’t do it to myself, I got a disease or two. Just uninvited guests that will never leave and that is all. Sort of like the graying whiskers in my beard.

Much, much more in Donate Page, where I do ask for donations because I need help and cannot be ashamed. I am grateful for everyone that signs up for email updates and for those that can donate. You can donate here.

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ThinkFarris

Hello! I'm Kevin. Recently retired from practicing law for 20 years - literally bad for my health. Now making a go of it by writing, which I've long wanted to do but never had the time. Now I am just another person trying to take the upheavals in life as stoically as I can and sharing my thoughts with people like you. Originally this space was set up to write about applied Philosophy, but as the archives show, I did not write frequently. In hopes that I will post more often, I am expanding the subject matter to include any of my varied interests, one of which is politics. That was my undergraduate Minor and has remained a passion to this day. Given the controversial 2016 election, I felt compelled to start writing again. I realize politics may alienate many people, but I will write in a fair-minded way that should not offend anyone and hopefully promotes a friendly discourse and true exchange of ideas. All of us have fallen into echo-chambers so we only hear opinions that reinforce our own beliefs. When that happens you never really hear other points of view and your ideas will not be challenged what the other side is saying and you have gridlock. Feel free to push back and challenge my ideas, preferably in a respectful way and I will do the same to ideas I disagree with. As long as the dialogue maintains appropriate civility and decorum, I look forward to having my ideas challenged and perhaps both may be better for having engaged in the dialogue.

5 thoughts on “Aristotle: Follow-up Questions”

  1. There you go, something in common already haha. Apart from Will Durant, I mean… spinal problems.. but in my case it is not as serious.. just some stupid radiculitis that has my hands and legs wasting away a little.. not such a big deal.. but I am sorry to hear about your problems.. I know living with pain every single day of your life is not the worst thing to happen… it is probably the guilt – why did this happen to me? did I deserve this? etc… or maybe not.. I have just come to your blog.. let me see 🙂 Nice to meet you, my friend..

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    1. Mine is very new. Been wanting to do it for years but just gather the courage to do so. Coming out of a 10 year period where I don’t think I handled it very well so were trying a new approach. It certainly does appear we have much in common already so I very much look forward to following your blog now that you’re back at it. But I did just get my first freelance writing assignment Air percent may be tied up with that for the next couple days, but feel free to jab me if I start slacking on consistent posts. I start slacking on consistent posts.
      Very nice to meet you. Have a great day!

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      1. Haha, no I will not jab, but I look forward to more of your posts. Wonderful posts already..
        And another thing, work always takes priority over everything else (in my book… and .. er.. well, that may be why I am like this now.. still.. can’t change the basic principle)…So, good luck with your assignment.. wish you the very best..You too, have a great day 🙂

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  2. In some ways I agree with Aristotle, only a fool would want to live without pain or care for any great length of time. Back in my younger days in the service I had torn some groin muscles and the good doctors prescribed pain killers and tranquilizers. funny thing about such medications, one can easily fall into the habit of taking too many. for several months I was flying, i had no cares and I had no pain. I also had no mind. I couldn’t read, one of my greatest pleasures, and many other activities. Luckily an intern refused to write any more prescriptions and I had to go cold turkey.

    I am always in some sort of pain but I tend to ignore those pains most of the time. I could have had morphine after my open heart surgery but I said no thanks. Yeah, I hurt like hell for several months but my mind was clear. I took the lesser pain killers, the ones that leave you in residual pain. I look at it this way, it was a reminder that I was still alive after having faced an almost certain death. Coming face to face with your own mortality has a way of changing your perspective on life. So yes, we need relief from disabling pain but pain is a good thing in life. A little worry keeps us honest just as does a little pain.

    Mr Thinkfarris, I can sympathize with your pain. Too much sucks all the energy out of life. I hope you find an equilibrium.

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    1. Thanks. Please call me Kevin. You hit the nail went on the head when you said look for equilibrium. It wasn’t the pain that forced me out of practicing law as much as the damage to the central nervous system. I practiced Family Law litigation, which is about as stressful and high conflict as you can get and my nerves simply could take it no longer. I knew something was wrong long before I was diagnosed because I started to feel more and more like a new lawyer that was nervous as if going into court for the first time. Even worse, the conflict on a daily basis and just arguing with opposing attorneys, etc. (he even my own clients) became so completely draining & As my neurologist warned me, caused the disease to progress which is obviously an undesirable outcome. It’s very disappointing because these are my prime earning years and I work very, very hard to become a lawyer and won’t work myself up to the status I had, but it’s not worth what I’ve had to go through.

      Thank you for the thoughtful, interesting and compassionate reply. I’m just starting this blogging experiment and so far I am thrilled. Unfortunately I’ve struggled with my health over the last couple weeks but I hope to get back to posting regularly soon more regularly very soon. I hope you find future posts interesting and worthy of your time.
      Congratulations on avoiding/defeating the slippery slope that opiates subject us to. It’s amazing how the powerful pharmaceutical lobby has successfully turned us into a zombie like nation which, as you said, reduces our mental faculties yet we continue to see the results of such a powerful political lobby every time we turn on the television. How does it make sense to advertise prescription drugs? It is a crazy world.
      Thanks again & Best Wishes!

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