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Mental Liberation: The lifesaver for the muddled sea of ideas

December 8, 2010

life saver by OCAL

Mill’s would like to say everyone has a “special” idea, and regardless of the immense stupidity that commences with each “test of gravity” such skepticism is good and healthy. When one transverses through the market place of ideas, the selection of which idea to take and enliven is inhibited upon when one is forced to wade through the myriad of pointless endeavors.

In this very conjecture, it must then be asked, how far does one pursue this “experiment called life” philosophy before it becomes a detriment to the actual materialization of a good idea. Can we truly create a platform in which every pointless idea is given the floor for testing and analyzing? To say that the natural rising of ideas will eventually happen, is to trust human nature far too much and as we are so gladly reminded with each giant historical screw up, humans are fallible.

So I suggest that there would be some sort of filter, the only issue given by Mill is that such a filter (an idea in its own), would be flawed due to the fact that we, fallible humans, created it.

Perhaps human kind is just useless in general at making anything that works functionally. If so then, I promote a philosophy of skepticism. Let us have no ideas take the floor and then those who feel their ideas are worth testing can decide to venture them out without the consent of others, which truthfully would have probably been ignored to begin with.

I think it can be agreed upon that we aren’t completely useless, but the issue is that many bad ideas are being flooded into the market and with no founded way of filtering them out. The human psyche of today, which has been gravitated from a shift to thinking critically to letting other mediums (such as TV, the internet) think for them.  This gets rid of the “natural filter” Mill alludes to constantly within his piece.

Free-thinking and the liberation of creative outlet, basically what the market of ideas should embody, should be encouraged and cultivated today. This group think is what is making the market a muddled sea of bad ideas, in which it is impossible to distinguish between what is an unrealized thought and what is just simply a bad idea.

I have hope for the market of tomorrow. With each blog post here and hopefully the uninfluenced corners of the internet will be the haven for ideas that carefully controlled and monitored by the media giants. Through this an age of Enlightenment sought after by Mill and Kant can be achieved.

One Comment
  1. hadohe permalink
    December 9, 2010 11:54 AM

    I really enjoyed how this post takes a dominant “philosophical” perspective upon Mill. I think that Mill knows that humans will always screw up, and that the marketplace for ideas is merely an arena to let all that “stupid” energy out…but there is an emphasis that this “stupidness” should be well analyzed by the person professing the unpopular idea. But your question, which is stated as: “Can we truly create a platform in which every pointless idea is given the floor for testing and analyzing? ” really made me think. Wouldn’t the marketplace of ideas turn into just a waste bin of mediocre thoughts? And then I thought of how this blog functions as a marketplace of ideas: not everyone is a perfect political philosopher or theorist, but the fact that we are given a chance, and that supposed “good” and “bad” ideas are placed out into the open, the only result is that there is something to learn from them. I think Mill wants us to have well-developed, personally important ideas rather than hap-hazardous contentions: that’s what the marketplace of ideas should harbor, whether they be genius or not.

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