Stephen Garvey Beyond Weakness

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Beyond Weakness

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A critical examination of reason as a means to exist.

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Garvey attended The University of British Columbia, in which he earned a BA in political science, and completed course work in philosophy. He then attended The University of Cambridge receiving a MA in Environment and Development with thesis emphasis on philosophy. He has written six philosophical works: "I Am Existence" (1996), "The Anti-self" (1996), "Beyond Weakness" (1997), "The Inexpressible and The Unknown" (1998), "Why I Am Right, A Philosophical Investigation of Consciousness"(1998), and "The Superman Philosophy" (1999). Upcoming work of Garvey is "The Critique of Reasonableness, A Method to End Partiality".

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"To understand the dynamic of our existence, strength through weakness, we must let go all our fabricated beliefs and values, and think of everything as one: defined by the strong existing through the weak. Yet, due to our existence's oneness, we can never perceive it in its entirety so we will always be left with doubt as to what it really means no matter how strong our faith is. Though what matters is not the existence of doubt because then we would all be doomed; what matters is the strength of our faith in relation to each other.

The difficulty we face is distinguishing a faith from the basis of faith being a faith at the same time. Although it does not concern us because the strongest of faiths, since they are all from who we are, will triumph over all others; regardless of what we think.

We return to the idea and faith that everything is defined by strength through weakness and marvel at those who doubt it because it is happening right before us; and yet, we face the reality that we can never know what we are so whatever we know is not what we are. Therefore, strength through weakness is not what really is but rather is a fabrication representing what we believe our existence means.

Since we can never know our meaning and it is clear we need to exist from some conscious understanding of our existence, the way to proceed is to exist from the closest conscious representation of what appears to be going on with and around us. From this by observing the nature of our existence including ourselves, we discover that beings are existing through other beings and things as a basis for their existence, and we go further and observe beings strengthening through other beings and things or what we call weakness.

We can take two people having their lunch on a lawn and note in that moment they are existing off the food they are eating, earth they are sitting on, air they are breathing, and perhaps their relationship with each other. Yet if we keep going by observing the blanket they are sitting on, jewelry, watches and clothes they are wearing, sun's rays they are absorbing, smog they are breathing, automobiles they own, hairstyles they are wearing, identification cards they possess, and the civil protection they are relying on, it becomes unclear as to who is existing through who or what without even considering to what extent. Though by examining further we discover that the food, blanket, jewelry, automobile, and even what they are saying have been fabricated by others, and the smog and intensity of the sun's rays has primarily been caused by others. We must ask ourselves: who are these two people other than beings existing off others, or could it be others are existing off them! To guide us in the complexity of our existence, which we have only begun to shed a glimmer of light on, we turn to our faith for answers from the standpoint of those believing in the dynamic: we conclude that these two people are herd-like because everything they appear to be doing whether eating, sitting, talking, or driving, has its basis in the strength of others rather than themselves. The critical question is not whether they need to be doing these things through the strength of others, but where does their meaning lie? Is it in existing what they consume, or could it be in the movement of existing so their meaning in that moment is from biting through sandwiches somebody else made, breathing air others polluted, repeating the ideas of others; and Yes we can sense a semblance of meaning. Though we must ask if their existence could have more meaning if what they are saying are their own ideas, the food they are eating was made by themselves, the clothes they are wearing were made by themselves, their hairstyles cut and styled by themselves, and their ideas truly originate from their own beliefs? In this contrast we see a glimpse of the dynamic in which the people, in the former scenario, instead of being independent and accountable for themselves are strengthened through others in a herd like fashion as though the only point of it is to keep them alive for the increased strength of others. We come face to face with the reality of economic conquest and our existence whereby everything comes down to existing our meaning and thereby suppressing others'--in other words strength through weakness and weakening from strength.

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