Phil walked through the Philosophy department of his local college on his way to the Planetarium for a show. School was about to open for the Fall semester and on the wall was a big piece of butcher paper with markers dangling by strings. The header of the butcher paper read “What is your Philosophy in Ten Words or Less?”
Without missing a beat, Phil picked up the marker and wrote the following:
I Am and I’m Not.
Be Free Anyway.
“Sheesh, that’ll never sell,” he thought. “There is no way to gouge someone for cash for THAT!”
FROM CHRIS THOMPSON:
Phil’s half-brother Dexter walked up just at that moment and grabbing the pen wrote, “Freedom and No-Freedom are similar considerations, neither true nor false.”
The brothers looked at one another, each raising their chin in acknowledgement. Then turning to their dates went to find their seats. Phil likes this planetarium show especially that part on accretion. He had already seen it no fewer than 7 times. Dexter had never seen it but was interested in black holes which gobble everything near their event horizon yet gave off such tremendous energy bursts. Dexter smiled anticipating an explanation for this paradox. Dexter’s date, Cassie’s sister Clarissa, rolled her eyes.
FROM WILL HARPER:
Phil walked back. Re-ead the rebuttal. Crossed out free. Made an edit.
“I Am and I’m Not.
Be ENLIGHENMENT Anyway.