When was the last time you sat down and thought?
I’m not talking about doing your taxes or planning a vacation. I’m talking about real intellectual pondering. What is love? What differentiates fact from truth? Why—that’s it, just why?
On the other hand, when is the last time you tuned your television or clicked your mouse to see a reality celebrity?
Have you ever thought about or learned how your smartphone works? How about an LED (light emitting diode)? Fuse or circuit breaker? Microwave oven?
In the Monty Python sketch about the Australian Philosophy Department (“Hello Bruce!”), have you ever read the works of any of the philosophers named? (Kant, Heidegger, Descartes, Socrates, Hume, etc.)?
Writers and thinkers used to get together, eat, drink, and have deep philosophical discussions. Think Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, et al. Too old? How about J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their fellow writer who called themselves the “Inklings.”
Have I got you thinking?