How could one expect less from the country which gave us René Descartes who famously said: "I think therefore I am."
Even the contemporary pompous types who take the most convoluted routes to explain the simple and unintelligible verbal journeys to add complexity to the already complex, are fascinating to me. And, probably like no other country in the world, philosophers are often proffering their opinions on prime time. We really like philosophers over here.
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Philosophy is on my mind because the "Philo" exams were this week and, as always, the television and radio channels were talking about this year's subjects and interviewing philosophers while students were diligently writing their theories in response to the questions.
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1.) What do you gain by working?
2.) Do all beliefs contradict reason?
3.) Would we be more free without the State?
4.) Do we have the obligation to search [for] truth?
You can see at a glance all the directions these questions can take. The students must form their arguments and then support them with the thinking of the philosophers they have studied throughout the year.
Finally, I shall leave you with a few of my favorite pronouncements from some of the world's most famous and revered philosophers:
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not: remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." Epicurus
"There is much pleasure to be gained by useless knowledge." Bertrand Russell
"Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty." Charles de Secondat
"History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there." George Santayana
"The Difficult is that which can be done immediately: the Impossible is that which takes a little longer." George Santayana