Think for Yourself: Ernst Cassirer


Think for Yourself, is my version of an ideal conversation starter.

Flow & Headway’s ‘TFY’
 are posts intended for one to reflect and perceive life (viability beyond and other than) what mass and social media persuade us to believe and value– and how it affects our behaviour.

It is a considerable opposition to cultural conformity– a passage dedicated to the progress and growth, of reason and sensibility.

It is time our generation begins to reflect on the philosophy and religion of our culture– rather than, without any knowledge, persistently being swayed by it.

The first TFY is dedicated to Ernst Cassirer, a twentieth-century Philosopher of symbolic forms and natural science (just to name a few).

(Before you scroll down and click the ‘Back’ button.)

You should know, TFY is not inquiring much of you.

Simply, read the passage and afterwards, read it again.

Really think of how his words and his rationale resonate with you– and your everyday life.

It might just surprise you when you take a moment to think for yourself.

Physical reality seems to recede in proportion as man’s symbolic activity advances. Instead of dealing with the things themselves man is in a sense constantly conversing with himself.

He has so enveloped himself in linguistic forms, in artistic images, in mythical symbols or religious rites that he cannot see or know anything except by the interposition of this artificial medium.”

– Ernst Cassirer, An Essay on Man: An Introduction to a Philosophy of Human Culture

and.. a quick dose of some of Neil Postman’s ‘theory of public discourse’ to justify and end on today’s note.

“In the process, we have learned irreverence toward the sun and the seasons, for in a world made up of seconds and minutes, the authority of nature is superseded.”

– Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

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