THE GRUMPY GURU: BEWARE THAT THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE IS ON THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Grumpy is feeling bad as he cobbles together his next blog entitled, THE GRUMPY GURU’S TAKE ON OUR EXISTANCE. Really, the whole concept of philosophy must be appreciated if you are to find enjoyment and fulfillment and bliss while reading his series of blogs. Those are big goals but Grumpy always hits for the fences.
After all, if there was a Philosophy Channel, no one would be watching. But hang in there with Grumps, because everyone out there with an ounce of sense privately ponders these deep and engaging questions.
Why am I here?
What is my purpose?
How did it all begin?
Encarta proclaims that philosophy is “the branch of knowledge or academic study devoted to the systematic examination of basic concepts such as truth, existence, reality, causality, and freedom.”
Pardon me but that’s a mouthful for Grumpy. He prefers to look at philosophy in less nebulous terms.
For example, other writers have had this to say.
Philosophy is all about questions whose answers are not all about facts, and instead about the respondent’s interpretation of the question, and the angle they choose to answer it from, based on their ‘philosophical’ thinking.
Grumpy thinks that that statement can be loosely translated this way.
Philosophy is the question that keeps you up all night thinking – because trying to find answers to that question, in turn, results in posing more questions.
Grumpy feels philosophy is more like coming upon a bridge on the road not taken. Those of us who choose to follow that road know that it is a mysterious journey, because the road not taken is the one where you go “across the grain”, “swim upstream” or otherwise “walk to a different beat.” There are many daunting questions along this path.
Indeed, by taking the road not taken you are always confronted with questions – big questions – and, more importantly –intellectual challenges. Following this road involves risk taking and adventure, but the payoffs are far more rewarding than for those that take the traditional “safe” routes in life.
But even when the answer to the problem, “How do I get across that river?’ is provided in the form of a bridge (The Answer), it is but a temporary solution because there are always more puzzles to solve on the other side of that river. Indeed, crossing that bridge (The Answer) can be just as hazardous as the route itself and just as confounding.
Philosophy then is the bridge between unfathomable concepts. The danger is, once you stand upon that bridge does your thinking go forward or retreat. Let’s express it this way.
The road not taken (Metaphysical Constructs) = an unknown mysterious path that gives birth to questions
The bridge (Respite and Understanding) = solution to a problem, an answer to a question, an epiphany, bliss, eureka moment, proof
Go Forward = questions about the solution that test this proof and hold it up for judgement, requiring an additional search for answers and deep thinking
Go back = fear of the unknown and complacency, retreat from deep thinking, acceptance and despondency, return to the well-trodden path – the place where most of us exist.
For Grumpy, life remains a journey on the “ROAD NOT TAKEN”. And, you can be sure; he’ll cross those bridges and keep moving forward.
So, in the interest of getting your juices flowing and because seeking humour was our first profound pontification (Laugh Your Ass Off), why not consider some of these less than profound questions. I guarantee you none of these will keep you up all night thinking those deep confounding thoughts.
Just stand on the bridge and enjoy the view.
Funny Metaphysical Questions to Ponder
Gathered from various sources on the NET.
Since bread is square, why is sandwich meat round?
Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going to? Taxes?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why are you IN a movie, but you are ON TV?
How come we choose from just two people for President and fifty for Miss America?
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but why do fat cells live forever?
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?
Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know you don’t have any money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
What is the speed of darkness?
Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?
Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don’t point to their bum when they ask where the bathroom is?
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? Aren’t they both dogs?
If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
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