According to a community newsletter, a retired man of the cloth is offering enlightenment with aspects of philosophical thinking. But, is he? As I was wheeling my trolley around the grocery store, I was silently debating about whether to come out of the closet of greyness and participate. Turning into a new aisle, I bumped into the man himself.
“Oh“, says I, “I was just thinking about you“.
Retired man’s bushy eyebrows rose in a mix of surprise and I thought I detected a glimmer of alarm. After all, we did not know each other from any regular community contact or distant friendship. I sensed a quick explanation was called for.
I said quickly, “I read you were interested in developing a philosophy group”
He visibly relaxed and with a drawn out “Ye-e-s” he explained he was thinking about throwing a quote into the arena, which he thought might be more at the level of ethics than pure philosophy. At the height of the recent riots, he explained, someone described the rioters and looters as ‘feral rats’
Exhaling with a long “So-o-o“,the ex-man of the cloth said, “if we examine the meaning of feral, as it relates to animals, do we get into the nature or nurture argument”? 8|
I’m still thinking….any ideas ❓ 💡