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Darker Aesthetics - Yea or Nay?

Jay-Z's "On to the Next One" - it's all black and white, there's some beautiful imagery and aesthetics in there, but it's got all kinds of occult/satanic symbolism.

What think ye? A "yea" vote is a vote for aesthetics or general defiance of the religions, spirituality, and philosophy that'd condemn the occult. A "nay" vote says, "No, I don't think any aesthetic value is worth glorifying that sort of thing."

For a music video that's black and white, and also haunting, but lacks the satanic imagery, there's Massive Attack's "Splitting the Atom" -

A Value of Religion

On Huan M. Nguyen

A philosophy class discussion the other day brought up a good point. One of the values of religion is an organized, premade value system.

You deal with a lot less ambiguity and trying to figure out moral principles and responses to things. They're already laid out for you, and all you have to do is follow them. That puts a lot less stress on you, mentally and emotionally.

I've been trying to lay out my own principles and moral framework, but it's tougher than having one already built for you.

If you're struggling with doing this as well, I suggest taking a look at some religious examples. Maybe even adopting a religion. I say 'maybe', because I'm hesitant to suggest something that I probably won't end up doing myself, but it might be a good step for other people. Having a solid, defined rock to cling to is most definitely helpful. The religious friends that I've had are usually pretty positive about how it's affected their lives.

Otherwise, if you're going to want to develop your personal framework, I recommend other things. An intro to philosophy course is useful for getting broad exposure to some major arguments and for refining your thinking about it. I'm not saying to lock yourself up in an ivory tower, but a class is helpful for broadening your viewpoint and helping you to refine your arguments and support.

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