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Television newscasts add to the hysteria by doing countdowns to “bac” day.
It’s a cultural thing.
While we’re on the subject of “a cultural thing,” philosophy as a required subject for most baccalaureates is another reason why I love France. What’s wrong, I ask you, with a little immersion in the abstract? Why not set the mind free, see where it goes? Of course some navigation is taught by the professor and his back-up crew of philosophers through the ages — from Aristotle to, I would assume, Sartre although his reputation has had its ups and downs recently. Let’s pray that Bernard Henri-Levy is not studied. (I know many of you will not agree with me, but that’s my philosophy. My freedom of thought if you will.)
|Unfortunately, photography had yet to be invented. We’ll have to assume Aristotle looked something like this.|
I think we would be much happier in our day-to-day relationships, and certainly our marriages, if we had the occasional philosophical conversation. It freshens up the quotidian. Honestly, entre nous, which would you rather discuss at length:
1.) What’s for dinner? Followed by — “Do want to watch a stupid variety show or Dr. House?” — right after we consume the evening meal accompanied by the news.
2.) Is man condemned to have illusions about himself? (“L’homme est-il condamné à se faire des illusions sur lui-même?)
Why not try out my theory tonight and see where it goes? What do you have to lose?
As for other, formerly lively debates, like the conspiracy theories and “who’s the real victim here” regarding Dominique Strauss-Kahn are wearing thin in conversation. We don’t have enough fresh details to keep it lively. Although, that doesn’t stop the all-news channels from dredging and rehashing. I suppose one could discuss power and the use/abuse thereof as a philosophical proposition in this case.
(Am I off subject again?)
As I was saying, a soupçon of philosophy would make the world a better place. My opinion. Oh yes, that and kindness of course.
If you agree and wish to add zest to your life, below are some of the questions from this years “philo bac“:
1.) Is art less necessary than science?
2.) Is liberty menaced by equality? (I really like this one. I could go on and on. But I’ll spare you.)
3.) Does culture “de-nature” man?
Now, for my philosophical question of the day: “What would make you exceedingly — though not eternally — happy, in less than 10 words?
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I prefer to think of myself as “easy” as opposed to “shallow.”