AbstractEdistoicism is probably the most widespread popular philosophy of all recorded history. Though traceable to ancient roots, it has become the dominant way of thinking for the past several decades in America. For the practitioner, it creates aMoreAbstractEdistoicism is probably the most widespread popular philosophy of all recorded history.
Though traceable to ancient roots, it has become the dominant way of thinking for the past several decades in America. For the practitioner, it creates a blissful life based on maintaining the most superficial level of understanding possible, avoidance of responsibility for oneself and the repercussions of ones actions, and avoidance of exposure to details that would result in discomfort to the thinker.
For devout practicing Edistoics, The Edistoics is sure to make an extraordinarily bad read. Uncomfortable taboo subjects are assaulted head on, put up against the wall and never allowed to fall.Are American politics based on unworkable compromises that pander to the ignorant to avoid a deeper level of debate and understanding? Does love of family and tradition mean that humanity is forever doomed to endless war and self destruction? Is it possible to rise above what is cherished and celebrated and even accepted as inherent in human nature through education and deeper levels of understanding?
What are the precise boundaries of mans dominion over the other life forms? If man is bent on ultimate total self destruction, is that the only hope for the survival of other life?What level of quality should Edistoicism demand regarding the selection of a church? What quality level should be demanded in the processing, presentation, and consumption of food by humans?
Why do adult men insist on saying forbidden words outside Mixed Company? Why are these words so forbidden to begin with? What quality should be employed in the creation of imaginary supernatural beings? Can America rise above the endless bickering and hate inherent in popular but antiquated concepts of ethnicity and race? Can ethnicity be managed through policies that are unfair by design?The Edistoics does not reveal the silver bullet answers to all critical questions of life, but as a very accessible work of fiction and social criticism it stimulates thought concerning philosophy, as it follows three men through 24 hours in post Vietnam War Mississippi, as they tell their favorite stories, espouse their views, and struggle together to deal with an industrial accident.