Carroll (like Humbert-Humbert but without the rape and such)

They dined on mince, and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
-Edward Lear

I’m beginning to read an annotated version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The introduction is given by Martin Gardner, who at one point says the following in the introduction:
“Kierkegaard once imagined a philosopher sneezing while recording one of his profound sentences. How much such a man, Kierkegaard wondered, take his metaphysics seriously?”

The reason I’m quoting Lear and Kierkegaard (well, a paraphrase) is because I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction recently, and ‘pondering’ some philosophical ideas (be they political, metaphysical, moral, ontological, existential, meta, etc.) to the point that I’ve really become bummed, and require a nourishing oasis of absurdities and audio-visual aesthetics that do not ask for much in the ways of critical thought and solipsism. Opium in the form of words, images and music.

On a completely unrelated note, I had a conversation with a friend recently who said that, she had heard that, Christianity’s message is predominately about love, while Judaism is about (I forget what she said, perhaps the idea of being chosen, or special) and Islam is about submission. Has anyone ever heard this before? Besides being simplifying and generalizing, I doubted that Jewish believers or Islamic believers would agree that their religions were lower on the rung than Christianity when it came to the message of love. However, I have no idea one way or the other.

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About dontdontoperate

28 year old originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. H.B.Sc. from UofT with a major in chemistry and a double minor in philosophy and math. M.Sc. from UofT in physiology and neuroscience. Finished my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at McMaster in the fall of 2013.
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