Thom Jones and Schopenhauer
About fifteen years ago, or something like that, I read The Pugilist at Rest by Thom Jones. I liked it very much. I also thought it was funny how he chews over the same stuff in most of the stories. More than once, some character of his talks about Schopenhauer. I had read some Schopenhauer in college, but after reading The Pugilist at Rest, I decided to read some more. I liked him very much, more than any other philosopher at that time in my life. (I read very little philosophy, so that is not saying much.) So, today, when I fell over a pile of books that are laying on the floor in my office, I fell over Schopenhauer. And I found something really funny. Now, I am posting this excerpt, but this is not to say he didn’t say lots of cool stuff, too. Anyway, here it is:
Women are suited to being the nurses and teachers of our earliest childhood precisely because they themselves are childish, silly and short-sighted, in a word big children, their whole lives long; a kind of intermediate stage between the child and the man, who is the actual human being, “man”. One has only to watch a girl playing with a child, dancing and singing with it the whole day, and then ask oneself what, with the best will in the world, a man could do in her place.
My two cents? I disagree. But hey, he’s a famous philosopher! Also, one of my kids, when he was a baby, only would fall asleep if, while holding him, you walked up and down the stairs. Man, that was SOOO my husband’s job. He has great thighs now. But, yeah, well, I guess I would answer Shopy’s question with “walk up and down the stairs twenty times”. (Gene Morgan had a blog post that made me think of all this, too.)