Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The mystery of man and his world

[In Locke's philosophy, tabula rasa was the theory that the (human) mind is at birth a "blank slate" without rules for processing data, and that data is added and rules for processing are formed solely by one's sensory experiences. The notion is central to Lockean empiricism. As understood by Locke, tabula rasa meant that the mind of the individual was born "blank", and it also emphasized the individual's freedom to author his or her own soul]
[It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness. -- Marx: Preface to the Contributions of a Critique of Political Economy]
[Sartre wants to maintain that man intrinsically has no nature. That is, he is thrown into this world, not of his own making, and is condemned to determine what he will be. In other words, our "existence precedes our essence." We exist first and determine our essence by means of choice.]
Thank God, we have The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo that unravels the secret of the mystery of man and his world. [TNM]

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