• A proclivity is a human habit or inclination. My personal proclivity is towards metaphysics, spiritualism, physics, grammar, language, elocution, good governance and reversal of global warming.
  • The proclivity of another might be to consume methylated spirits and lie in a gutter in a stupor every night. Neither I nor the drunk is right, for we are each living our lives as best we know how to do that. But it does seem to me that our respective environmental and educational circumstances dictate as to how our individual proclivities turn out to be.
  • But can we change? Can I become a befuddled alcoholic? Take away my health and my home and my family, maybe “yes”. Can a befuddled alcoholic become an erudite member of society? I think so, for befuddlement is caused by environmental factors such as homelessness, lonesomeness, victimisation and the results of health and educational mismanagement at government levels, and if these mismanagements are reversed in favour of societal inclusivity, mutual toil and nurture, then maybe a more righteous humanist path may rise up.
  • And humanism does indeed rise up from disadvantage, for many saints have proven capable of gathering flocks together to form progressive communities out of poverty or imprisonment. To wit, in modern Australia, decedents of prisoners deported from Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries are proud of their heritage from past troubles, for their present proclivities have by dint of circumstance evolved from historical incarceration into modern prosperity through their inclusivity and mutual nurturing eked out of troubling times.    

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Published by istegi

I imagine stuff. Imagination is the seed of every innovation and the beginning of all knowledge. Every car, boat, bridge and plane originated in imagination. Knowledge or science or physics analyzing how imagined things work can only develop after conception of the imagined things in the minds of those who imagined them. Imagination is thus very important, even although it is simply a fragile indefinable egress of ideas. It is something that cannot be taught or learnt. You cannot get a Doctorate in Imagination from any university, yet universities would not exist without it. Sir George Cayley philosophised about aircraft lift whilst still at school and later published his ideas in the Journal of Natural Philosophy. He then went on to become an engineer to pursue his dreams and to develop his aerofoil concepts. Thus every aircraft that has ever flown has done so because of the dream of a philosopher who later became a scientist to prove his philosophising and to promote the science that proved it. So please treasure philosophy, and if you are in physics, please do not treat it with derision. Some imagination is fiction. On the other hand some postulates cannot be proved to be false. If they cannot be proven false they eventually become fact. This even applies to observations of nature - the theories of evolution and of relativity came out of mind but subsequently proven to the satisfaction of science and physics to be fact and not figment. It is not up to figment to provide statistics and data. That is the domain of the sciences. Thus philosophy comes first and science either proves or disproves it.

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