Moore is always a pleasure to read. Well almost always. Wit and humor of a nature quiet uncannily like my own. Maybe he is me in disguise. I haven't fMoore is always a pleasure to read. Well almost always. Wit and humor of a nature quiet uncannily like my own. Maybe he is me in disguise. I haven't figured it out yet. But a fun book....more
I reserve the one star rating for books that were purely a waste of time and actually upsetting because zero stars might lead one to think I just didnI reserve the one star rating for books that were purely a waste of time and actually upsetting because zero stars might lead one to think I just didn't rate it.
This book was wretched. I have no idea why I picked it up. I was at borders just standing there and there it was and I grabbed it and started flipping through it and was utterly appalled. A good 90% of her conclusions as to how men feel or think or will react are completely off. And if any woman I was with acted in the manner she proposes I'd be totally put off not to mention if I found out it was part of some ploy, I'd turn around and say bye.
Even the stupid things like saying, "You are so smart." Sure it seems like a nice thing but honestly on a date when a woman starts making obtuse statements like that I think she's either not paying attention or specifically trying to stroke my ego because she can't think of anything pertinent or interesting to respond with. I like people thinking I'm smart as much as anybody else but it bests comes out on a date through engaging conversation rather than blanket statements from someone that really hasn't had the time to know me.
Honestly, this author is just plain dense and while I've never picked up one of those women-self-help books before, I now know why they are so made fun of....more
I've always been one that I would consider of extreme moral character. And my view, you always knew what was right because it required the sGood = Bad
I've always been one that I would consider of extreme moral character. And my view, you always knew what was right because it required the sacrifice. Odd how this book was refered to me because the referer thought it would only bolster my resolve. Quite to the contrary, it destroyed my view on moral judgment with a simple stroke.
I grant that, as Kant depicted, without choice and freedom of will the concepts of good/bad and right/wrong are meaningless. But if you take that one simple portion of the equation you find that free will means that the concepts of good/bad and right/wrong have no meaning.
Think of it this way (and yes I am super simplifying it)... 1) The right thing as Kant puts it is something that one ought to do. You know if you ought to do something because a purely rational being would do it. 2) Doing the right thing is what we should all strive for. We should all strive and be that purely rational being. 3) So in the utopic society - or rather if we all got our (presupposed) wish to be that purely rational being, then we would be doing the right thing to the exclusion of all the bad things. That is to say there would be no bad actions. 4) The complete lack of all bad actions makes the ability to choose between right and wrong meaningless, because de facto you always do or are inconsequentially choose to do the right thing. 5) If it is the importance of the choice to determine right and wrong then without choice their is no right. 6) Since doing the right thing has value over doing the wrong thing, then the lack of having the meaningfulness of right devalues those social values. The devaluation of what is right makes doing the "right" thing wrong. 7) (6) works in reverse so that doing the wrong thing gives meaning to choice and therefore adds value to "right". Thus doing what is wrong is right. 8) Since doing what is absolutely wrong is absolutely right (and vice versa) is a paradox on its face, there really is no actual right or wrong. 9) One could say that on the ends of the scale, right and wrong lose their meaning because of this but that they stay intact somewhere in the middle. But the point that Kant was making was that there were absolute "maxims". Those maxims give us guidance to strive for and push towards, but in the end the achievment of those absolute rights is wrong so striving for them too diligently is wrong. If striving to do the right thing is wrong and vice versa, then there is no point to it (in the context of ethical debate that is).
Someone directed to read his stuff because it sounded so much like what I tended to believe but following his own logic, I had to reflect on my own judgments....more
boo hoo. give me a break. not written poorly but if you stop to realize that is a memoir, someone writing about how bad his life is when it isn't badboo hoo. give me a break. not written poorly but if you stop to realize that is a memoir, someone writing about how bad his life is when it isn't bad at all you can't feel empathetic. If it was fiction, you could give it a little break but since it's not, you just want to tell the author to GET OVER IT....more
I normally only give 5s for books that had a particular meaning to me. I can't say this book was like that but I still had to give props to the authorI normally only give 5s for books that had a particular meaning to me. I can't say this book was like that but I still had to give props to the author.
I don't fear death. Mortality is a non-issue to me but the book was quite interesting as half of it revolves around life in a nursing home when it is all just about said and done. I'm still farely young, but I could still relate to the horrorific tale of what everybody must go through in such a time. The word depressing does not do justice to the situation as the author portrays the events. All I can say is it is like being captured in a weighted net for which the struggle to escape is lost before any attempt.
Not an epic by any means but written with a poet's tongue. The flow of the words and the inner depth of the characters let one closely relate to evenNot an epic by any means but written with a poet's tongue. The flow of the words and the inner depth of the characters let one closely relate to even the more odd pieces of the compilation....more