Plato's Play-Doh

Play-Doh for the Mind

Category: Philosophy

Mr. Halley

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Edmond Halley was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, and meteorologist recognized for computing the orbit of Halley’s Comet, which later took his name. In 1692, he proposed a theory that the Earth was hollow. This poem is written from the view of Satan, who resides inside the earth.


Mr. Halley

Year 1692 is when that blasphemous buffoon

Revealed the dwellings of man’s mind

A song of sorrow tune


In hollow earth his thoughts aren’t welcome

I put forth fire on my everlasting

Souls that were in tombs


He shall not last in man’s own head

For their psyches reside with me

And slumber in my bed


My home, he thought, is bright as day

He knew not it is the flames

Feeding on likes of him for play


The expanding air of my own singed lives

Releases to the world above

Making for the glacial lights


Dare not his ideas flow

Through the river of the blood

Ensuing to the float to those unbeknownst


Down! Down! I’ll come to pluck him from the sky

21 grams smothered in a fire

So hot the blaze will cry


Soon, not enough, he will accompany me

Into my dear bed

Filled with minds – temper free


Hesitance not taken to his own wit’s dying out

It is his time for him to be tucked in

No more spews from his shriveled spout


Invincible in future times of the past and present

I shall remain the captor of all thoughts

Mr. Halley, you will learn your lesson


Copyright ©2014 Russell Lehmann

The Man at the Window

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 was a very rough day for me. I was questioning my life, my potential, my future. I was pissed off because I have lived such a mentally excruciating life, with very few good experiences to speak of. I was sick and tired of going head-to-head against myself, with a brain that was beyond fucked up. I was angry, I was sad, I was confused, but above all else, I was hurt. I’m such a great guy, with so much to offer this world, and yet, for some reason that I could not wrap my head around, I was being punished. Why? Every day I pour my heart and soul into becoming the man I want to be, going to battle with my disorders that some may say have already predestined my future. I aim to be that intelligent, funny, kind and loving man who is full of integrity and who stops at nothing to accomplish his dreams, but that Saturday I felt like the universe had it in for me.

And then I experienced a moment I will never forget. It was late at night, the downtown air brisk and cold. As I was walking to my car, I noticed a shady figure moseying around the parking lot. I was alert and cautious as I sat down in the driver’s seat, keeping one eye on the whereabouts of the mysterious character. Once I was in my car with my doors locked, my gaze followed his every step. “What is he up to?” I asked myself. “Probably nothing good”

The man slowly approached a store window, and started to peer inside. I immediately thought that he was casing the place, but when I looked closer I noticed that he was looking into a bakery, its window showcasing their freshly made bread. The man had his hands cupped around the outside of his face, his breath fogging up the only obstacle between him and a good meal. Once I realized that this was a homeless man in need of food, my mindset changed immediately. I dug inside my pockets trying to find some extra cash to give him, but to no avail. I desperately wanted to help the man, but I had no means of doing so. I watched him gradually take his eyes off the loaves of bread as he slowly started to walk away, with his head down and his hands inside his pockets.

I soon drove away, contemplating what I had just seen. Within minutes I broke into tears. I felt like a little bitch. Who was I to complain about my circumstances? Here I am, a smart, healthy young man who is very financially comfortable, with a great family, friends and an amazing girlfriend. I’m in the prime of my life and I have so many things going for me. On my drive home I came to understand that the world is my oyster, and that I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. Watching that man sorrowfully walk away from food he was unable to have broke my heart but gave me a huge kick in the ass. I have it better than 99.99% of people out there, and it’s about damn time that I start acting like it.

That night I made the decision to reach every single goal I set for myself, no matter what obstacles may be thrown in my way. As one supremely insightful soul once told me, “You can do anything you want. You underestimate yourself.”

Oh, and I’ll be sure to keep some extra cash on hand for the next time I come across a person in need.

30 Delightful and Enchanting Writing Tips from Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac


We all know Jack Kerouac as one of the most fundamental writers of the 20th Century, as well as a literary genius who helped kick-off the Beat Generation.  For heaven’s sakes, if you can type a last name as unusual as his into a Word document without it being underlined in red, you know the guy must be pretty special.

Kerouac was always being asked how he created such symbolic magic on paper, so one day he sat down and created 30 writing tips he called “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose”.  These tips, listed below, are Jack Kerouac at his finest.


  1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
  3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
  4. Be in love with yr life
  5. Something that you feel will find its own form
  6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  19. Accept loss forever
  20. Believe in the holy contour of life
  21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  22. Don’t think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
  28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  29. You’re a Genius all the time
  30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

Good V. Evil

A Philosophical Examination of Good & Evil
Between Learner and Teacher




Learner: What is the basis of evil? Where does it come from, and why must God allow it?

Teacher: Evil has been around since the creation of man, for we are the only animal to perform such acts of sin. The source of evil has not, and will not, ever be known. Why do people kill? I do not know. Why do people cause pain? It is not within my knowledge. Why do people rape and torture? The answer escapes me. As for God, and why it may seem that he relinquishes the fight against evil, know this: God is not of human origin, he is a supernatural being, one that watches over us and guides us through life. He may have created humans, but when it comes to creating evil, we are the culprits. To my degree of knowledge, and from my own personal outlook, God will not solve problems that we put upon ourselves. He may help guide us through them, but as for taking the reins, this he will do not. Become acquainted with these thoughts, and develop your own perspective on the matter.

Learner: My feelings towards your answers are mixed. Why does evil, if it has been around since the creation of man, still continue to this day? And in our current times, why must people become more accustomed and accepting towards acts of violence?

Teacher: Evil will sadly be around forever, always lurking around the next corner, waiting to strike at any moment. The longer the existence of evil, the more acclimated we become to accepting it. Children today grow up with violence all around them, which undeniably attributes to the security of violent acts in the future. People will become increasingly violent as the years progress, and our society and culture will allow that to happen. Evil increases so ever slightly that many humans do not even know how prevalent it is becoming, which is a shame to say the least.

Learner: Your responses I shall consider with a great deal of emphasis. If I may, however, pose another question to you, what about acts of goodness? Where do they come from, and why is it even more prevalent than evil? What accounts for this?

Teacher: I can see your mind at work already. Stay on this path and you will see that you will soon know the answers to the types of questions you ask of me. But let us go back to your inquiry about goodness. Acts of goodness have been around not just since the creation of man, but since the creation of the universe, which in itself was an act of good, correct? Here on earth, goodness has presided over the origins of all life forms, and in essence you could say that the reason that there is life here on earth is because goodness had been in existence long before life came about. It lent its hands to create everything from simple cells such as prokaryotes to land plants to humans. Thankfully, goodness seems to surpass the quantities of evilness. However, this is a difficult statement to prove, for anything that is not evil may be regarded as good, no? Let us perhaps call this enigma “moral limbo”, for what is the thing that is neither bad nor good? In fact, the crux of the matter is what in fact constitutes as goodness? We all believe that we know evil when we see it, but what about acts of good? Let me inform you once again that evil acts are only perpetrated by humans, whereas goodness can come from any source in the universe. Take into account, for instance, the act of a honeybee extracting pollen from a sunflower. The sunflower arises from the dirt of the earth to provide the bee with components vital to its survival. This is certainly not an act of evil, but is it indeed an act of good? I ask you to ponder this and find within yourself the answer to this most difficult of predicaments.

Learner: Your insight is reflective, for not once have these thoughts entered my mind. If you will allow me to do so, let me ask of you another answer pertaining to a question about goodness. If in fact, contrary to your belief, goodness does not prevail over evilness, then do they even themselves out? And if so, is that necessarily good? Also, you mention that goodness had a part in creating humans. If this is so, then goodness is responsible for the creation of evil, correct?

Teacher: Well done, for you are quickly learning how to dissect the intricacies of such profound inquiries. No one will ever truly know if good and evil cast each other out. We all may have opinions on the matter, in which I have already presented mine, however the truth will sadly never be found here on earth. Yet, if good and evil do indeed cast each other out, what is left but nothingness? There must surely be a leader in this battle between forces, for if there wasn’t, then we would be in a void state of being. As for the answer to your second question, yes, it is my belief that goodness did in fact create evil. There are always adverse effects of blissful acts, i.e. goodness. Like we have previously pondered, goodness created humans, whom I had mentioned are the only things in the universe that are capable of evil doings. In conclusion, evilness is a necessity in life, for without it there would be no goodness. And without goodness, who are we to live a life, nay, how are we to live a life in which we have nothing to feel? For good and evil both bring about our innermost feelings that benefit our state of being.

Learner: My ears are delighted with what they have heard, for your vast knowledge has made the world a little bit easier to understand. I thank you for your guidance.