Shortly before Israel was quarantined due to the Corona Virus, Radio host and musician Nir Fura-i has interviewed me in his internet radio show "A Cup of Coffee With Nir Fura-i", an interview that lasted 10 minutes, where I talked about philosophy and generally introduced myself. Below is the audio recording in Hebrew that I have translated in English for general accessibility. Enjoy! he translation is below the video.
Fura-i: Now, dear listeners, I'd like to interview Tomasio Rubinshtein, a philosopher that published 6 books. We shall accomadate him and ask him a few questions. Hello, Tomasio, welcome to the studio.
Rubinshtein: Thanks a lot, hello. Glad to be here, drinking coffee with you.
Fura-i: You're welcome. Firstly I'd like to ask you where are you from in Israel, what are your activities today; tell us about yourself.
Rubinshtein: As you said, my name's Tomasio Rubinshtein, I'm from the central district of Israel. As of now I'm mainly a website manager, and recently I completed an enterpanourship course for people with disabilities, organized by a company called WinWork. It really halped me and currently I await its next segment.
Fura-i: Very nice. So you are a philosopher, a writer; tell us when you started writing, when you learned the subject? What's actually your philosophical statement? Talk freely.
Rubinshtein: Gladly, of course. I started in my philosophical endeavours originally during my teenage years. Questions on life were very interesting for me, and I wished to solve the so-called "absurd" element in human existence. Additionally I begun publishing all my books when I was 18 and above. Nowadays I mainly write and upload articles to my site and answer people's questions from across the globe on the international site of Quora, which is a social network where everyone can ask questions and give answers. Anyways, what I mainly write about is on a philosophy I've personally created, called Rubinshteinic Individualism, or Solitary Individualism, as named in my books. To put it shortly, I believe solitude is important and should be seen as a value, especially in these days of the Corona outbreak, where we ought to seclude ourselves from the world and abstain from unnecessary travels outside our houses, so we could save both ourselves and others -- and generally so we could increase our freedom as individuals from other people. I believe that there's a prime connection between solitude and between liberty.
Fura-i: So what're you saying is what actually percieved by some, not by everyone, is that they don't want to be alone because they want to avoid from being lonely and solitude is bothersome -- and you're claiming that solitude is a part of something which is indeed vital and positive, even possible to develop. That's your thesis.
Rubinshtein: Definately. I believe solitude is something that can be handled, not necessarily through escaping to the company of other than ourselves. The negative aspect of solitude, AKA loneliness, could actually be a product of an inner void, and if we are to fill that void independently, not only we'll increase our freedom from others, but generally become happier beings.
Fura-i: Very well. I have another question to ask you. What books have you published thus far in philosophy, where they could be bought?
Rubinshtein: Well, as a matter of fact, I managed to publish 6 books, 4 in Hebrew and 2 in English. The books in my native language cannot be bought anywhere in the world, but I did paid for them in my own money and I give them to others independently, since they were published privately and not to bookstores. The books in English, on the other hand, contain much of the content I provided to the internet, to Quora, available to any English-speaking reader. Furthermore there's also much content available for free on my website, called "Philosocom", just look it up on google, and it contains as of now over 200 articles for anyone with internet access.
Fura-i: Alright, very interesting, very fascinating, philosophy which come from the mind. Now I'd like to ask you what is your dream in life, what do you want that'll happen to you later in life?
Rubinshtein: Generally, beyond my ambition to be globally recognized as a philosopher, my ambitions are quite humble. I just want to come to a state of being where I'll be able to make a living out of my website, from the content I provide to the world, and ultimately that I'll be able to live on my own and spend the rest of my life in peace and harmony with the world.
Fura-i: It can indeed be claimed that many people would aspire to just that. Now, how does your personal life is mixed with your writing, what can you say about their relations with one another, and generally tell us more about yourself so we'll be able to know you better.
Rubinshtein: As a matter of fact I am on the autistic spectrum, or more specifically, I have Asperger's, which in other words is defined as high-functioning autism, and indeed there are times where in my writings I also include this side of myself; how do I cope with being on the spectrum. Unfortunately, when I talk with others and I hear their responses, there isn't that much awareness to the topic of autism, and especially its high-functioning aspect. It is unfortunate for me to see that even to this day people use words such as "autist" as a slur, when in fact it's not a curse at all, just like the word "retard" and so forth. These are not words that should be used offensively. These are state of beings some people are actually in throughout their lives; states they are very likely to not ever recover from. When I was in the course I told you about, the people there really helped me with my condition, and I was glad to find I place where I could express just how is it like to be with a disability. Indeed, I'm glad to be able to combine in my philosophical writings, the importance of standing on your own ground and explaining yourself to people that wouldn't know if you didn't do so. Even if you are disabled, there are disabilities that are completely unseen by others, and not everyone with a disability necessarily uses, for instance, a wheelchair. Hence the importance of, as an example, when you are in a supermarket, with a disability certification card, you need to gather up your courage and use it to pass the line when it's too much for you to wait, for this is your government-given right! You need to be aware and use your rights as a disabled person, so you'll be better able to adjust life in a way that will better suit your special needs, while at least trying to make others better understand you, if not tolerate you.
Fura-i: What you say, Tomasio, is astonishing, because not many people have the ability to express it that way, and you can help, with your wrtitings, make society a better version of itself, and I respect you for doing so. I'd also like to tell you that as someone that also handles with mentality issues, there are always these thoughts, how would people receive me, what would they think, and thus what you're saying is very helpful for me as well, and I think that many of us think that everyone else is completely okay while we are the different ones, while practically everyone is different to an extant. Very well. Since I am enjoying interviewing you, I'd like to conclude this interview by asking you if you have anything else to say.
Rubinshtein: Gladly. If you'd like to read my content and you know English, or you have an application on either computer or phone that allows you to translate the content I provide to you in other languages you're more proficient in, feel free to take a look at my articles on Philosocom.com, there are much articles to be read, and recently I also wrote some articles on the Corona virus, and the connection between isolation and the COVID19, and the importance of being alone in these severe times we are in. And yeah, thank you very much Nir for inviting me here to your studio.
Fura-i: Yes, indeed Tomasio and thank you for being here.