Category Archives: philosophy

Has the English language become inherently cynical?

I needed to write a description of a character the other day and started with the word “moralistic”, but thought there might be a better word so I looked for synonyms.

It’s possible that I didn’t look hard enough, but as far as I am aware, the English language does not have a single adjective that means either “thinking and talking about morality a lot” (which was what I was looking for) or “advocating moral concepts” that doesn’t either directly suggest hypocrisy, or have a conflicting alternate definition.

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E is for Enlightenment

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It’s in the name of the blog, so it’s what I’m going to talk about today.

The word enlightenment can mean different things in different contexts, but for my blog it refers to the general definition of the word; the state of having knowledge that lets us understand things better. Anyone who learns is constantly improving; metaphorically, at least, we understand more than we did the minute before. I’m on the edge of enlightenment because solving even a major mystery usually just makes one aware of the next. And there’s nothing so perfect that it can’t be improved, after all.

The fact that The Enlightenment is also the name of the historical era where people finally started to figure things out is hardly unwelcome either, though. Though really, “historical era” is a questionable way to refer to it, because the age in which human knowledge is being increased at a rapid pace is hardly over yet.

Authors Answer 21 – The Ultimate Goal

I think it’s good to have your “ultimate goal” higher than your actual expectations, as long as you can avoid confusing the two.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

We’re in it for the money, right?  Or is it to become famous?  Or do we want a bunch of fans chasing us down to our book signings?  Or nothing like that?  We all have a goal in mind for our writing.  This week’s question comes from H. Anthe Davis.

154px-Billets_de_5000Question 21: What is your ultimate goal with your writing?  Fame, fortune, changing the world?

Linda G. Hill

Again, I don’t seem to have a choice in the matter: I’m a novelist. I have a hard time writing anything between 500 and 50,000 words. Being a novelist I suppose if any of it’s going to be read, and read widely (which is what I hope) fame and fortune are the consequence. I want neither. What I would like is to be able to write, to be read, and to be financially comfortable… and have at least enough money to travel…

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