The Word “Philosophy” Versus the Word “Ideology”

(Nine short paragraphs plus endnotes, Revision Two, copyleft 4-17-2016 by Peter Voluntaryistic Walker)

1. The difference between philosophy and ideology is analoguous to science versus technology; *but* most people based on my personal experience and if you meditate and think one it, probably yours, have a subconscious feeling that philosophies don’t kill people, ideologies do. Thus when the accurate word is “ideology”, people tend to say “philosophy” instead because it’s much more comfortable despite being a bait-and-switch euphemism and an example of Orwell’s Newspeak.

1.a. “Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace.” –

1.b. Orwell’s prediction of a regime-created Newspeak continues to actualize, but in much more complex ways. Fortunately, the present existence of free speech in some parts of the world provide an option of rejecting the unhealthy parts of whatever mainstream culture one finds oneself in.

1.c. The present regime is a set of ruling classes who sometimes cooperate and sometimes compete; but nonetheless are in effect a regime.

2. An example of Newspeak is for two or more people to say they have “different philosophies”. It makes no more sense than two scientists to say they have “different sciences” or for two mathematicians to say they have “different maths”. The closest two people can get to having different philosophies or sciences or maths is for one to have a pseudo version.

3. Part of our species evolving out of our superstitious phase of evolution is everyone understanding he or she has to create his or her own ideology, not accept a package deal ideology from somebody else; and to be moral each individual has to live and eventually die according to his or her own personal ideology, not somebody else’s.

4. Thus it’s Orwellian euphamizing to say “my philosophy” or “our philosophy” because the accurate word is “ideology”; i.e., the output of a person or group studying philosophy or science or math or whatever field of study, and their study resulting in a set of beliefs/conclusions.

4.a. An example is the ideology of Randian objectivism sometimes mistakenly called “a philosohy”. Another example is I have a unique and personal continually evolving ideology; but I have no group ideology. If I did I’d be parochial rather than the eclectic I am. My personal ideology is a mix of different parts of different ideologies and a few of my original/reinvented concepts/conclusions.

4.b. To say “philosophy” rather than “ideology” is a no-go showboat comfort zone because ideologies tend to clash and thus saying “I have a philosophy” is a way to downplay differences at the expense of keeping language dumbed-down as a part of whatever dumbed-down mainstream culture one is living under.



Paragraph 1.b. “…more complex ways.”

– By “mainstream culture” in the above context, I mean most cultures at the ethnic or country level include the ruler-ruled paradigm. It’s usually covert because it’s easier and cheaper to rule people who believe they’re free.
–  The five core ruler-ruled classes are owners, enforcers, maintainers, producers, and escapees. The enforcers and maintainers include but aren’t limited limited to professional members of the social institution of The State; what I call capital-G “Government” to differentiate it from self-government and other win-win solutions for social cooperation.
– There are subclasses of the core five who prima facie don’t appear to fit. For instance, some of the incarcerated and some of the multi-generationally Government dependent are trapped maintainers because their status justifies ever bigger Government to indoctrinated producers and provide examples of Government power/terror to keep producers in line.

– The only 100% escapees (if any) are those truly off the grid, which means not you if you’re reading this. I consider myself a partial escapee because of my escapee brain/mind; but physically I’m involuntarily on the grid. Unless your parents never put you on the grid, probably the only way to 100% escape is to perfectly fake your own death.

Paragraph 3. “…superstitious phase of our evolution…” – That is, present intersubjectivity needing to be replaced with interobjectivity.

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The Difference Between a Conclusion and an Opinion

(Five paragraphs plus endnotes, Revision Four copyleft 5-26-2016 By Peter Voluntaryistic Walker)
1. The word “faith” is a euphemism for bigotry/prejudice because all three are the making of premature and therefore incorrectly arrived at conclusions. Further, faith is the foundation of intersubjectivity; philosophy, science, and secular spirituality are the foundation of inter-objectivity — our species’ next evolutionary phase if we are to remain extanct. Thus I have no beliefs; only conclusions subject to change upon any improved information or discovered logic errors I’ve inadvertently committed. Because life is short, I prioritize my partial-knowns/unknowns. For instance, physical laws such as the law of gravity may have new knowledge added changing them to some extent; such as the relationship between Newtonian and relativity physics. Both are at the bottom of my list of priorities to further investigate. For now, unknowns about the relationships between mental health, mental illness, and psychosis are towards the top of my list of partial-knowns/unknowns.
2. Beliefs are a type of opinion. “Conclusion” and “opinion” are two different words for a reason. Most people use the two words interchangeably because most people have been artificially dumbed-down by traditional child-rearing, public schooling, mainstream media, and similar forms of social engineering that manage civilization according to ruling class interests (not to mean all social engineering is conspiracy; much of it is social inertia.)
3. A conclusion results from a thought process based on logic combined with information. A poorly thought-out conclusion has either poor logic such as sophism or poor information such as disinformation or the illusion of knowledge. A well-thought-out conclusion is based on sound logic and comprehensive information that has been thoroughly fact-checked. If the subject matter has any degree of complexity, a 100% certain conclusion is almost always impossible; but the closer to 100% it is, the more usable it is.
4. Opinions are substitutes for conclusions; sometimes for healthy reasons but more often for unhealthy reasons. A textbook case of a good reason is a military radar operator needing to determine whether a set of blips are friendly or foe, and not having enough time to think-out a conclusion. This occurred in the Gulf War of the 1990s and the operator decided the blips were foe based on his gut feeling. It turned out they were missiles and he was a hero for having them shot down; but if they would have been friendly fighter planes he probably would’ve been court-martialed for the rest of his life. He was well aware of this when making his decision. Afterwards the US Navy thoroughly investigated his decision and came to the conclusion that the operator’s subconscious detected a difference between the blip patterns of missiles and fighter planes that his conscious couldn’t because the subconscious operates approximately seven thousand times faster than the conscious. Professional opinions such as those from doctors and lawyers are called opinions because of the role their gut plays combined with their knowledge and information resources. A textbook case of a bad opinion is to echo what someone else says because the opinion holder is emotionally/mentally lazy or inadequate. Thus the definition of a nonemergency/nonprofessional opinion is a decision based not on thinking or information, but on emotional/mental processing of concepts according to indoctrination. I’m presently not a professional anything and therefore only have opinions in emergencies.
5. A belief-conclusion instance troubling me almost all my life is my condition/disease of addiction with booze being my drug of choice, followed by pot, followed by OCD behaviors. Intellectually I conclude I have a deadly case of addiction to almost anything, but emotionally I’ve often in the past and probably sporadically in the future have an emotional belief I can control my using.
5.a. This is an example of how beliefs are more emotional than intellectual, and how managing my/our emotional/irrational beliefs is a matter of getting emotions and intellect to be team members rather than competitors.
5.b. In the case of addiction*, the slang term “hitting bottom” refers to a debunking of the emotional belief that one can control one’s addiction; usually through such devastating losses that even the emotions say “This is a losing game.”
“First you don’t know that you don’t know,
Then you know that you don’t know,
Then you learn,
Then you achieve mastery, aka HOW – – honest, open minded, willing; admitting there are other things existing you are unaware of, so not only do you not know, you know you don’t know about those other things.” – Paraphrased from multiple anonymous sources
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