Friday, December 24, 2010

Bioethics: Christmas to remember...

This morning I came across a rather provocative article on the subject of personhood, a mythical yet tangible category concerning the middling aspects of the human animal.

The information can be found below:

The American Journal of Bioethics, 7(1): W1–W4, 2007
Copyright c Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1526-5161 print / 1536-0075 online
DOI: 10.1080/15265160601150352

One qoute stood out more than others concerning PVC, or persistent vegetative condition, and I recall it here in length:

By now we hope it is clear that we are not advocating a
naturalized conception of personhood. What we are doing is
addressing the relation between the moral concept of a person
and the natural world
, and in that sense we are assuming
that the natural world is relevant to moral theory. Although
moral principles themselves may not require empirical validation,
they do refer to entities in the real world, and for bioethics in
particular the way in which we anchor such principles in empirical
reality is crucial
. (AJB 4)

Ahh..the natural world IS relevant to moral theory huh? I could agree but our societies and communitas esoterica create mythologies by which we live, support, exist, tear down, replace, (re)edit, et cetera. Santa Clause is of this construction. Is Christ? Not necessarily seeing as how there is/was a historical analog labeled Yeshua, Jesus (or, James).

This year forget about the traditions, which are mythos--supported and (re)apply topically the love for the human animal, the person and quotidian event/phenomena of the neighbor. Let us be Levinasian in the sense that heaven can exist on earth amidst those seeking the other's good without reciprosity.

What a Christmas to remember, no. Be well.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Death of the Year: 2010

I've been on the run for some time now travelling the first quarter of the 2010 year to St. Croix, St. Lucia then back to St. Petersburg, Florida. The middle and end of the 2010 year allowed me to do some more travelling; this time to Indiana to defend my doctoral prospectus and place me as a Ph.D. candidate.

Currently, I am in Michigan visiting my wife's family for the Christmas holiday; then, proceed to St. Croix to visit my side of the family: mom and lil bro (who is not so little anymore). Our plan is to also visit St. John and possibly Puerto Rico.

Finally, we are going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico sometime Spring 2011. The point? We are never at rest; we are always subjects of the travelling body; the corpus that is always-ever on the move.

This is why I firmly believe in travel, exploration, discovery, et cetera. Global no longer really exists, but cosmopolitanism is still possible. I hope to exceed my travelling from this 2010 season and at least double it in 2011. My ambitions are second to none, and the work I have to put in to live and breathe and move the way I would like are in my possession.

Resolved: to do me; to not listen to the haters and nay-sayers who would rope me into submission within their concept of time and expectation. Black Phoenix will not only rise again and again and again, but he will be...