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M Hvid
Posted over 1 year ago
To what extent is memory an aspect of our identity?
One interesting thing could be that your entire memory is the sum of your identity, but it is 0 of other peoples perception of your identity (as they dont know your memory). Would that mean that you could gain other peoples 'true' identity by sharing memories with them? I dont know. Kirkegaard says you are defined by your future, and that you can (in some aspects) determine your own identity by this. This would not leave too much room for memory i guess? I guess it also depends on how you define memory. Are they an object (concrete or abstract)? Are they physically present in your body? are they sort of transcendental or rather something you have to see/experience to understand? I dont know the answer. We make decisions either a priori or based on previous experience/learning, and you could argue that all our decisions/actions and thoughts are the sum of our personality. Thus making memory + a priori = sum of identity. If you like Descartes maybe you could say memory = sum of identity. But then there are also emotions, which are also important in identity. Are our emotions shaped by memories?
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M Hvid
Posted over 1 year ago
Developing a new type of Utopia
I think in the real world the electing/selection thing you have going on, would lead to corruption and nepotism. It seems like the only way to get influence, is to get chosen by other current members, or by members of other councils. Much like China or other dictatorships. I think your system would be fine if people in the councils made their decisions based on the benefit of the people, but that is not always the case. Different people might have different agendas in a persons candidacy (and policies). It also seems a lot of people would be involved with governance/state-stuff, thus not bringing revenue to the society and adding cost. How would the network of societies trade within each other and with other current 'traditional' nations? When existing land is to be divided (when newtoipa is founded), who decides what ideologies get what land and ressources? How is law enforcement handled and who controls the military (if any military at all)? A big thing in ideologies, is the idea about how a state should be governed and how resources should be distributed. It seems that the different societies wont have much influence on the structure of governance (ie who decides what), i dont know about tax policies?. So what values are left to tweak? I also think an important part of democracy is that it gives far-out groups a chance to be heard (whitout getting arrested) and for people to make up their minds about them freely. If your society is based on 'moral' values, you have a lot more room for exclusion, cencorship, moral-courts etc. A society based on 'moral' values would, in my opinion, be at risk of being narrow-minded. Current countries where i would say moral value is important state-wise seems not to be faring too well. They seem to be caught up in praising their own agenda and punishing people who dont like their stuff , instead of just letting people do whatever they want and get on with themselves.
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M Hvid
Posted over 1 year ago
Developing a new type of Utopia
What if a group that did not share the value of the constitution got a lot of support? + this structure would require a lot of administration, as there are more things to be decided in smaller groups. Some groups might not want to cooporate with some specific group, and instead make an alliance with other groups as to gain more power across the network. Eventually consolidating these alliances, and then you are left with a few very big groups. Anyway, since its a book you can do anything, and i think there are plenty of unresolved questions, wich could make for good elements in the story. You need to decide what issues are decided by what level of government. The more you leave up to the local societies, the more they can disagree with each other. Consider how small the groups can be, how many different ideologies do you allow? (and are some banned?) Also, it seems people would physically have to move to another location, in order to live where their politically/worldopinion like-minded are. That could maybe be a good theme, choosing between your naitive home, family etc (which has your personal relations, but is an 'evil' world) and your 'newtopia' (where you dont know anything, but it is a 'good' world). Edited for typos