Value cannot always be remembered or explained

Richard says:
I don’t like Kant since I often don’t understand what he tries to say. Sure, it may be due to me,
but if you can’t explain it to a 6-year-old it’s not really worth to be written down.

This is where real life takes place. Not in Kant’s own theoretic world.

Me:
Value is not always a matter of subjective comprehension…meaning that something intrinsically valuable is tacitly conveyed and perceived and not always to be explained – not even to a 6-year-old child.

Real life is not always “real”…Real life has, – as we know -, many palpable and subtle layers…Thus, even abstract wording has certain bearing, as it is a facet of Reality…Despite his abstruse use of language, Kant aims clearly on something unapproachable for the common apprehension, yet existing.

On the other hand, language is precarious – some of his students were once bewildered failing to properly interpret one of his texts written in his earlier years. So they asked Kant as to what he meant.

Kant methodically read that specific excerpt and simply admitted: “I DON´T REMEMBER”…:)

About moral autonomy and norm

‎Paul quoting Immanuel Kant:

“The single most important quality needed to resist evil is moral autonomy.”

Me:
Moral autonomy can only be understood in non-conformity as to what is considered “normal”. Only the one who is no longer afraid of, and has worked through loneliness, knows what to be autonomous is about.

Paul:
Would it be fair to say normality is evil? That is to say conformity is evil?

Me:
There is no other way I can express it than saying that yes, Conformity is Evil.
Normality is the dream of the lazy, who vehemently refuses to see the obvious
fact that life obeys no rule.

Paul:
I would have to say….I agree. Well said. “Normality is the dream of the lazy.” I like that sentence a lot actually. I think the word illusion is fitting too. “Normal” can never be the same as what is, or “the actual.”

Me:
Yes, there is the Idea of normality but the actual,- or “what is” -, can never fit into “normal”, as it can never conform to any preconceived idea.

Immanuel Kant says

I posted this fragment before but I will post it again:

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding! . . .

LAZINESS AND COWARDICE ARE THE REASONS WHY such a large proportion of men, even when nature has long emancipated them from alien guidance, nevertheless gladly REMAIN IMMATURE FOR LIFE. For the same reasons, it is all too easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so convenient to be immature! If I have a book to have understanding in place of me, a spiritual adviser to have a conscience for me, a doctor to judge my diet for me, and so on, I need not make any efforts at all. I need not think, so long as I can pay; others will soon enough take the tiresome job over for me.

A short discussion about moral

 He said:

Moral itself is a concept made up by the bourgeoisie to justify capitalism. So it doesn’t help to oppose morals to “greedy” capitalism as it’s only two sides of the same coin.

My answer:

Moral and virtue are inherent timeless qualities in the deep layers of the human soul. As long as we refer to these inner realities as “concepts” without digging deep, we will have all these inane isms which demean and belittle us…

Immanuel Kant

Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding! . . .

LAZINESS AND COWARDICE ARE THE REASONS WHY such a large proportion of men, even when nature has long emancipated them from alien guidance, nevertheless gladly REMAIN IMMATURE FOR LIFE. For the same reasons, it is all too easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so convenient to be immature! If I have a book to have understanding in place of me, a spiritual adviser to have a conscience for me, a doctor to judge my diet for me, and so on, I need not make any efforts at all. I need not think, so long as I can pay; others will soon enough take the tiresome job over for me.

Immanuel Kant, “What is Enlightenment?”

A quote by Immanuel Kant

Look closely. The beautiful may be small.