I had a dream I was on a shelf in the refrigerator.
Someone closes the door, and the light goes off
and I know everyone is out there eating.
And then, they open the door and you see them smiling
and they’re happy to see you,
but maybe they don’t look right at you,
and maybe they don’t pick you.
Then the door closes again. The light goes off.
Studying Philosophy back in my early 20s, I thought Ludwig Wittgenstein was somewhat interesting but I didn’t spend a lot of time with his work.
Now in my 40s, I see the genius of his connection of language and understanding to the world. If I look to the various larger political issue debates over the years, or look back at any discord I’ve experienced at work with others, the language and “pictures” of the world around us have been critical to the disconnects and misunderstandings.
How individuals initially see the topics being discussed usually has set the stage for either parallel opinions and outcomes to be the ultimate result or being able to achieve intersection of understanding. Many of the larger political debates are destined to be on parallel paths because the fundamental assumptions are taken for granted or too difficult to delve into to really make an eventual difference.
I wish I would have connected with Wittgenstein more when my professors were urging me to do so back in the day. It would have helped me more back then and I could have seen the patterns earlier than I did.
The flow picture is courtesy of the Wittgenstein section of The Philosophy Book from DK Publishing. The book provides a wonderful and simple overview of the very complex history of Philosophy. It is a wonderful, accessible gateway for people into an amazing history.
Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
From a good friend and mentor after a recent dinner and discussion on iPads in schools, the constant challenge of what to offload from your brain to technology, and many other topics. Plato saw it all coming when writing came into Greek education. Imagine what he would have thought with facts being left to be “googled” and testing students for what they “know.”
If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden to their fellows.
I rarely care or even acknowledge TV commercials. Most are actually pretty horrible and get skipped-over via TiVo, but the DirectTV “Don’t Wake Up In a Roadside Ditch” is an exception. The “Roadside Ditch 2012” commercial is a great example of a philosophical fallacy of a “slippery slope” argument. Watch it below.
More on the slippery slope argument and fallacy over at Wikipedia. Enjoyed it.
Here is the argument.
1. When your cable company puts you on hold, you get angry.
2. When you get angry, you go blow-off steam.
3. When you go blow-off steam, accidents happen.
4. When accidents happen, you get an eye-patch.
5. When you get an eye-patch, people think you’re tough.
6. When people think you’re tough, people want to see how tough.
7. And when people want to see how tough, you wake-up in a roadside ditch.
8. Don’t wake-up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of cable.