Jens Oliver Meiert

What We Know

Post from December 24, 2017, filed under .

On some days, if you asked me about what we know, with absolute certainty, I’d respond with only that something exists. And if you asked me what that meant, then I’d add to appreciate and work with what exists.

This seems basal and little. But I don’t see it that way. That something exists is certain; but contrary to how academic philosophy regards this as a tiny foundation to base anything on, I take it as extremely powerful. Something exists. To appreciate and work with what exists, though I’m not sure I wouldn’t later rephrase this, seems likewise powerful to me. What can we do with what exists? What should we do with what exists? I’m not the philosopher yet to develop a conception of freedom out of this, but I recognize the possibility.

Something exists. An immensely unsatisfying non-statement at first, but apart from appearing to be the only thing we can be certain of, it may well be pure magic.

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On the plain below the pass the vast hun army starts building a fortified camp.

Figure: Existence. (Copyright King Features Syndicate, Inc., distr. Bulls.)

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of April 13, 2018.

Jens Oliver Meiert is an author and developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google). He plays with philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences. (Beware: More often than he wants it he’s wrong.)

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