Morris Bates

Franklin, TX, United States

About Morris

Areas of Expertise

Film - Directing, Producing, Writing, Editing, Cinematography

Talk to me about

Philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, morality, decision-making, social sciences, and future science

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Comments & conversations

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Morris Bates
Posted over 1 year ago
If you could master one skill overnight, what would it be?
The skill i would master would be persuasion. The attributes of persuasive speech are exceedingly powerful in a sense if you could persuade any audience to your view of any issue or do virtually whatever you want. Any game enthusiast who has played an RPG (role-playing game) knows that speech is a tool to invest in, when you can strike cheap deals, convince enemies to become friends, or moderate arguments between opposing parties. The powers of persuasive speech allows an individual to use words to direct outcomes of situations to their advantage. It's kind of an evil way of looking at it, but that is the definition of persuasion, to control the thoughts of another person and turn them to do something through reasoning or argument.
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Morris Bates
Posted over 1 year ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
That is true. I too have lost loved ones and agree with your opinion on mourning for an appropriate time. But I have also found that creating close connections with people takes time, and if you are immortal, time is no object. You can recreate these close social bonds with people, but when these bonds break due to their deaths, and you constantly connect new bonds with new people after an appropriate period of mourning, are you living a life with the quality you intended? Is constant rejuvenation of social connections with new people truly valuing the lives of those who have passed?
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Morris Bates
Posted over 1 year ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
That's an extraordinary concept and a great philosophical question... The idea of immortal life is something most people look at as a way to avoid the uncertainty and apprehension of death. Because, let's face it, no one has factual evidence that proves what (if anything) happens once the human body dies and the stream of consciousness ends. That alone is enough to scare anyone from wanting their life to end. Immortality offers an escape from that fear by allowing eternal life. While that sounds amazing, the consequences of living forever are sometimes overlooked. Having to go on living while everyone around you dies and seeing the world change dramatically would be traumatizing experiences, making the people endowed with this eternal life want to end their life as an escape. Unless these people removed their valuing of human life, they would feel as though their lives were being immortalized for no reason other than to experience pain. Their very existence would be consisted of depression and desolation. Personally, the idea of immortality eases fear of dying for me, but the thought of living my life without anyone of value to me, having to repeatedly recreate close connections with new people, would be tiring and feel unnecessary. The overwhelming amount of sadness from constantly losing everyone around me would drive my conscious mind to the point of insanity. That said, unless immortality would be possible for everyone, I would not take the chance.
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Morris Bates
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why are we so offended when someone lies to us?
"Everybody lies." A memorable quote from Dr. House. Our human nature consists of multiple invisible forces that define our decisions and actions, but one that is the most often betrayed is trust. Trust is betrayed by a failure to meet a request or false pretense thereof, and the most common form of this is lying. We are heavily offended by lying because our expectation for whoever we have placed our trust in has not been fulfilled and it wounds our morale. We feel like we are not good enough for the person who has betrayed our trust, and that disappointment quickly turns to anger because of the fast reaction.
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Morris Bates
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is my obligation to society and the world?
No matter your connections, financial wealth, higher intelligence or good health, anyone can make a difference in their society, although the previously mentioned attributes do help. Mentioned in previous comments, you seem to have attained all other levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, except the last. It's a little difficult for me to believe someone has obtained all other levels at such a young age, but I'll keep an open mind. You must have something specific you are passionate about, something that has an impact on society as a whole and influences it, no matter how small. Whatever that desire is, pursue it. You have ample time and abundant resources, why not use them?
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Morris Bates
Posted about 2 years ago
What is your poetry?
The city is in ruins The ashes fall like snow The survivors look for an escape But there is nowhere to go From the toppled skyscrapers To the underground subway We wish it was better No rain will wash it away Our life here is hard There isn't much to eat The ruined structures hardly provide shelter For our people to sleep I put on my coat, load my rifle And crack open the vault door The cool night air greets me The wasteland implores Out in the darkness The scavengers lie in wait Their eyes glow from the moonlight Bringing with them, ill fate I slowly close the heavy vault poise my rifle, prepared to fight This is Metro, the ruined city And this is my last night...
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Morris Bates
Posted about 2 years ago
Do you think that animals are completely free?
An animal was created for the purpose of serving man in any way it could. I do not believe that animals have a conscious understanding of freedom because animal instinct goes against the reasonable philosophical concept that you exist and know you can die. Animals are not aware of death, or more or less worried about their life, other than staying alive by eating. We human beings have the mental capacity to understand our existence and accept the fact that we are mortal. We can develop complex thinking processes that the animal mind cannot comprehend, such as philosophy, intimacy, existence and other complex thoughts and theories.
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Morris Bates
Posted over 2 years ago
Does innocence exists?
Life greatest illusion is innocence, so I suppose no. No one on this Earth is innocent because at one point in life, everyone has either killed, stolen, cheated (on any number of possibilities of things), or done wrong in one form or another. While the passing of time may erase the guilt from your memory or your conscience becomes non-existant, no one is truly innocent. Isolation from corruption is impossible, for it is everywhere. Even if a child soldier kills someone, and doesn't know that it is wrong, his concept of innocence has been lost and he clearly has none. No one is truly innocent because innocence is something you lose once in your life and can never be regained, no matter how much of a religious fanatic you are or how much money you have.
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Morris Bates
Posted over 2 years ago
What is the key to smarter decisions?
Smart decisions can be discerned by their perceived level of difficulty, and this ranges from person to person and from varieties of situations. Our brains interpret different situations depending on what our personalities are like. For instance, a shy, anti-social person will most likely rule that getting into an intimate relationship would be near impossible. More to come...