About Me


 

Please enjoy your stay at The Philoetry Forum, a place where anyone is welcome to challenge established norms in order to change our society for the better (please no personal attacks however). Here is some information about the author:


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Name:

Joel Webber

 

Age:

22

 

Location:

Auckland, New Zealand

 

Hobbies & Interests:

Reading, Writing, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Piano, Travel, Hiking, Running, Cycling, Paddle-boarding

 

Philosophical Views:

Absurdist (the search for objective meaning should not be abandoned)

Cosmopolitan (belief in society led by a world government)

Epicurean (limited desires and moderated pleasures may contribute to happiness)

Self-Determinist (events are determined but we cause them)

Utilitarian (belief in society constructed to maximise collective ‘happiness’)

 

Influences:

Diogenes, Aristotle, Epicurus, Seneca, Epictetus, Benjamin Franklin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Lord Byron, Arthur Schopenhauer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Stuart Mill, Henry David Thoreau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodore Roosevelt, H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, Arthur C. Clarke

 

Scientific and Societal Issues to Address:

    • Our distorted perception of time – Uniting the linear and cyclical models of time, Rectifying our misplaced categorisation of time into ‘work’ and ‘leisure’
    • The detriments of materialist culture – Removing the unhappiness caused by homogenising definitions of success
    • Our inability to escape primal instincts – Seeking a way to eliminate rather than replace instinctual needs
    • A reliance on dated systems and customs  – Overturning models with arbitrary or illogical foundations (e.g. a 7-day week)
    • The limits of human perspective – Overcoming the inherently selfish and restricted perspective each of us is born into
    • The apparent absurdity of the Universe – Finding a theory consistent with our present scientific knowledge (a universal equivalent to the Theory of Everything) which ties every academic discipline together and provides an ultimate explanation for existence

 


Do you have any comments or queries regarding The Philoetry Forum?

You can contact me at  J.A.Webber@hotmail.co.nz