Philo-sophy = I love the sofa
Isn’t this what philosophy really means? After all, it seems that almost all philosophical discussions take place in nice cushy locations with glasses of sherry or wine being passed about. Sure, if you’re in school it’s going to be beer in the bar, but the situation is basically the same. Safe and sound and comfortable.
Why not discuss philosophy when you are digging a ditch for water runoff? Or restringing 12,000 volt power lines after they’ve been pulled down during a storm? Or while practicing engine-out procedures in a single engine aircraft?
The answer is that philosophy doesn’t address real-life scenarios. Philosophy prides itself on addressing issues that don’t matter. At least they don’t matter today.
The problem with today’s philosophy is that there are issues that matter tomorrow, big issues that can result in our having a better world, or worse world. And today’s philosophers don’t seem to be able to connect the dots between behaviors we execute today and those long-term implications.
The problem with today’s philosophers is that they are too comfortable. It’s time to take their drinks away. It’s time to push them off the sofa and out of the bar. It’s time to make them get real jobs and still try to apply philosophy to our lives.
Or is it? I forgot myself for a moment. I’m supposed to be studying these philosophers, understanding them in the context of human behavior. How they fit into society, and what their impact on that society may be. Forgive me, Gentle Reader.
In that case, we must return to their habitat and observe them as they behave, naturally, on the sofa.
Where’s my sherry?