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Poppy wants to live in a world where everyone's story matters, regardless of their income or way of life.

As a photographer, she's won ribbons at the county fair. As a spiritual seeker and writer, she's been featured in Jen Louden's The Life Organizer and once published an article at allthingsgirl.net.

When she's not writing or photographing her story, she can be found at her day job as a technology consultant, or at home snuggling her cats, or in the park, taking a walk with her husband.

The Seductiveness of Morality

Portrait of Socrates. Marble, Roman artwork (1... Week 1, Coursera "Introduction to Philosophy" class. The one thing I really, truly notice from the first week's lectures and discussion is the conflict between universal and relative.

In the first lecture, Dr. Ward provided his working definition of philosophy:

the activity of working out the right way of thinking about things

Almost immediately, the forums and study groups began buzzing. The RIGHT way of thinking about things? How dare he say there's a right way! How arrogant! What does he mean, right way? OF COURSE he means that each of us has a right way, everyone knows that there is no universal right way. C'mon, you're not supposed to take the word literally, just insert your own word of preference that means the same thing - efficient, appropriate, helpful, etc.

Bam. Right away, we land right in the middle of moral philosophy. Is there an absolute, universal RIGHT WAY to think about things, or is it a relative, individual right way for each of us to think?

It's all in the definition of "right". If you read "right" as "proper", you'll likely be offended that anyone would suggest that they know the proper way for you to think. On the other hand, if you read "right" as "efficient", you'd be happy if someone offered to show you the right way to think. How do you read the quote above?

The Voice of Now

H&H: Time is an Illusion