Delight Springs

Monday, July 11, 2016

Community of humanity

"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically."

Henry got that right. Younger Daughter had a practical problem with her right front tire yesterday, easily solved with a call to AAA. 

We had a problem about where to take Granny for dinner Saturday, solved by the sleek new Sylvan Park Edley's. I recommend the catfish platter.

Sean Carroll solves the manufactured theoretical problem of "methodological naturalism" by reminding us that science is committed to empiricism.

Now, what's the practical solution to the problem of race in America?  "Magnanimity and trust," scaled up and multiplied across the "community of humanity." 

That last phrase was articulated on the radio the other day by a wise policeman who resisted an interviewer's repeated dichotomous references to "the law enforcement community" and "the African-American community," as if those sub-communities did not overlap and were not subsumed by the larger community to which we all belong.

"Community of humanity" captures the solution in words, in theory. We clearly need a lot more practice.

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