Friday, May 29, 2009

Bummer.. Tagged

Was tagged by Delilah and by Santhoshini.

What does one say in five words about a war?

The most significant feature of this war of late, has been its distance: news is limited , there may be many columns of text in the newspapers and hours of reporting on television, but despite all of this, very little information. Nobody dies, nobody is hurt and nothing is damaged. I watch no television and my mind blanks out when trying to read the newspapers so this has been for me a rather surreal war. This leads to Berkeley's question : does something exist if it is not perceived? or in his words “To Be is to be Perceived” (“Esse est Percipi”).

The question is neatly summarised in Knox's limerick:

There was a young man who said "God
Must find it exceedingly odd

To think that the tree
Should continue to be

When there's no one about in the quad."

To which, was written an anonymous reply:

Dear Sir,
Your astonishment's odd;
I am always about in the quad.
And that's why this tree
Will continue to be,
Since observed by

Yours faithfully,

So how does one feel about the ending of a war that, philosophically speaking, does not exist?





that it ended

Thirdly :


for the unknown; what happens next?



for those who suffered



for a better tomorrow.

Oops forgot to tag someone in return.
I hereby tag someone who will really and truly appreciate the tag; PadaShow ha ha ha


A Virile Nagalingam said...

Thanks for the kind comment.

I'd take anything other than outright hostility from my fellow bloggers as a sign of progress.

I have nothing nearly as consequential as your comment to say in return other than that I seem to be pushing dung up a hill with the sole aid of a push-pin, strangely eschewing the use of my palms...

The Puppeeteer said...

For the people who fought the war, it did happen and for those like us, it didn't.
Which, according to Bertrand, means there are several forms of truth.
So we completely cast truth away as non-existent, in that case?
And if we do... won't that shake the foundation of law, religion, physics and other studies?

For now I've decided that the existence of truth can't be figured out in general.