Johnson City, TNUSA
Hometown: Honaker, VA
July 9, 2012
It's not the Highlander here - there doesn't have to be just one. I could no more pick a favorite between so many wonderful thinkers than I could pick a favorite parent. However, Socrates will always have a place near my heart, because years after I had already been behaving as such, I discovered who he was and that he MUST have had a time machine at one point, come to the late 70s and early 80s, saw my very devil's advocate methods for assimilating and doling perspective from and to those around me, and took it back to ancient Greece to sport for those uptight and too-humorless jokers of his day. I'm glad that some of those guys took themselves very seriously, but come on, all the common men and women, too? Say it ain't et tu, Brute. At least I'm glad he didn't just cop my style fair-weatheredly. I respect him for sticking to it till the very poisonous end. It's very flattering that he thought that much of how I comport my truth-seeking.
The study of the most root and abstract aspects of the nature of all things and ideas. Pure curiosity, man, pure curiosity - that very serendipitous magic that without which, we would cause our very selves to cease to exist from unadulterated, unthinkable, hellish, extreme boredom. The joy is in the seeking at least as much as in the discovering. We laboriously look for proof of a single concept or even just a piece of a puzzle for thousands of years for no more payoff than a mere glimpse of what seems to be evidence of any particular thing, even if the sight of it lasts only a thousandth of a picosecond. Then, we are content to move on and look for another new thing. We think and are. And as long as we survive and have something to look forward to finding or to be surprised by, we will continue to forever look under rocks, contemplate everything we find, and arrange it all in a way so that we may have it make sense to us and so that we can communicate those thoughts between ourselves.
I loves me some philosophical-ness. And obviously perfect grammar. And also obviously abhor being sarcastic.
The group is even-tempered, open, and fair. That might not sound like that much praise, but if you've been around a true group of "philosophers" before, it's like the statement that would accompany the awarding of a Nobel Prize. Seriously, the group is courteous, upbeat, interested, and interesting. Thanks, y'all.