By Nicholas J Pappas
The reader of this publication is invited to take pleasure in a delectable ceremonial dinner of bite-sized philosophical dialogues. One reader may possibly decide to get pleasure from a unmarried discussion at a time. different readers could wish to try out a couple of at a time, in a “dim sum” method of considerate inquiry. both means, the reader will discover a ariety of person subject matters that replicate upon one another and upload as much as a bigger dialogue. Sections middle on notions together with Peace, Dread, bold, Ignoring, Hiding, Doubt, Sparks, Time, persistence, Fluff, residing, Revealing, Stepping again, figuring out, fear, and Gratitude.As with the author's past books with Algora, the most personality, Director, leads his interlocutors via an research of the problems in query in each one discussion. occasionally the characters succeed in contract; occasionally they do not. yet in all situations gentle is shed at the questions at hand.Readers will locate that the publication stimulates thought of vital issues, and that, if learn with folks, it stimulates dialog. A reader would possibly not believe the belief that the characters attract a selected discussion, or maybe how they dealt with the dialogue, however the reader will frequently locate him or herself smiling nonetheless. Like Nick's prior books, the fashion here's that of a Platonic discussion; the language is concise, pointed, and enjoyable.
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Friend: People just don’t see it that way, Director. 3 Director: Because they want philosophy to be competitive? Friend: That’s right. Director: But it’s not competitive. To make it competitive is to pervert it. Friend: Because philosophy is a search for truth? Director: Don’t you think it is? Friend: I don’t know. A lot of people see that claim to search for truth as a smoke screen for competitive behavior. Director: Philosophers want to be the alpha male? Friend: That’s how it seems in a lot of cases.
Director: Because if others know the source they might be able to help? Friend: Yes. 5 Director: And others would be willing to help because it would improve their own sense of peace. 23 On Awareness Friend: Exactly. Director: This would take a healthy amount of trust, wouldn’t it? Friend: Very much so. Director: What are the grounds for this trust? Friend: Well, you would likely open up about your lack of peace only to friends. Director: Because you already trust them. Friend: Yes. Director: And there are professionals, are there not, who we are supposed to trust to help us with our peace?
No, you have to digest your questionable action and turn away from these people or they will bleed you dry. Friend: I think you’re right. But what if we change the metaphor up? Director: What do you mean? 7 Friend: What if instead of positives, neutrals, and negatives we have something else? Director: Like what? Friend: The interesting and the uninteresting. Director: Let me guess. We pay attention to the interesting and ignore the uninteresting. Friend: Exactly. What do you think? Director: What harm is there in paying attention to the uninteresting?