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.
Continue reading Has the English language become inherently cynical?
Most stories need an antagonist of some sort, and for a lot of genres, that means a villain; someone who, whether they see it that way or not (realistic ones usually don’t), is doing something that is indisputably wrong.
Continue reading V is for Villain
Quintessence is an overall term for the fifth element. No, not boron; the fifth element in a classical four-element system.
Continue reading Q is for Quintessence
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.
I’m hardly the first blogger to call attention to this classic video, but it’s just as important now as it was when it was new.
Qualia Soup makes a popular series of videos explaining various concepts on YouTube.
Dualism came up recently in the comments on another blog, so I’m bringing attention to Qualia Soup’s videos on dualism.