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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasnt sure where to put this but Philosophy is perhaps the best place. I saw a post of FB from someone I dont know, about someone I dont know. His wife found this on his computer after he passed away....

There is true wisdom found as we age... a shame we dont always learn it early. This is at the bottom of what he wrote.
"Then at some point--not too late into life--I hope to die before he figures out I'm just an average, scared man who has tried all his life to figure things out as he goes.

To esteem the former is easy. And the former should be celebrated wildly.
To understand the latter requires love that transcends all warts. A love that may last forever, but can only be voiced for a short while.
Is that too much to expect?"


I personally wouldn't want to die before my grandson figured out I wasnt just an average guy.... but you always want to have that kid (son or grandson) who looks at you as if you were the smartest man alive.


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Here are my expectations: I want to see my grandson every once in a while. I don't long to change his diaper or feed him a bottle (although I would and wouldn't complain about, but I have bigger plans.)
I want to show him living things in the woods and things I find under rocks and dead logs and teach him which ones are okay to poke and which to stay away from (and I will re-read the manuals before I do so, just to be sure).
I want to show him the night sky and how to find the North Star and Betelgeuse (so easy once you know where it is). I want to figure out where the heck Cassiopeia is--since there's a really great story that goes with that one.
I want to teach him how to tie the three knots that I know--and, as far as I know, I only use them to teach others how to tie them. Although the blood knot is a cool one and has nothing to do with blood or vampires. And the double-whip finish is good for tying on fishing hooks.
I want to teach him how to think like a fish.
I want to teach him that there is a perfect golf swing. But he'll have to find that swing himself, since I'm still now sure of it--but I want to give him hope and encouragement that it does exist.
I want to give him a tool, like a hammer or a screwdriver, and an old kitchen appliance so he can take it apart. "Just whack it!" I'll tell him.
I want to build another tree house, this one with a better periscope (Toys-R-Us has been improving their periscopes in the last 16 years.) This one will have more secret compartments and trap doors and a kick-butt communications system.
I want to go to his third-grade class and lecture on the winter solstice because he's told everyone I'm an expert about winter solstice.
Then at some point--not too late into life--I hope to die before he figures out I'm just an average, scared man who has tried all his life to figure things out as he goes.

To esteem the former is easy. And the former should be celebrated wildly.
To understand the latter requires love that transcends all warts. A love that may last forever, but can only be voiced for a short while.
Is that too much to expect? Because I have more paper.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sweet. What this guy should understand is that kids see grandparents that way without them even trying.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I want to build another tree house, this one with a better periscope (Toys-R-Us has been improving their periscopes in the last 16 years.) This one will have more secret compartments and trap doors and a kick-butt communications system.



As a kid, I'd have LOVED to have a gramps like that!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1000 for the deer. and now rushing to get a periscope for my tree house.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My goal is to be that kinda nanna .. we have a large property with lots of resources for building and making cool stuff. We've built a cubby house in the magic garden and well I built a tree house .. I would love it to be as cool as that one.

But I kinda knocked it up in a day for our foster kiddies. I secured a pallet in a tree for the floor and there are numerous sleepers it rests on for added support. I have messed with faux walls LOL but there is much more I should do.

We have one granbaby girl - who is 9 months old but by the time she's big enough to play in the cubby and tree house - I will have fairy doors in the trees, steps and lots of cool things to explore is my hope. We have put attractive bird feeders in the trees and nice plaques. There are also a few concrete statues of various sizes, its quite lovely.

We've made a dolls house for the kids bedroom, and we did it all kinda adventurey and fun .. and the first time three kids who we provide emergency respite care for .. saw it .. they were soooooo excited. We were so thrilled. There is a play house in the long room, where we have big family celebrations.

My goal is to make every part of our home an enchantment
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a pretty interesting thing in a number of ways. I don't know who the author is, never heard of her before that I recall...though something seemed familiar about it...[found it linked on Tyler Cowen's page]
She makes some very good points, teases out some nice implications and observations.
And it's some good stuff to ponder if one is unsure why/how, or even IF philosophy matters.
Nothing she says is completely original, but one doesn't run across this kind of thing very often and it's clear enough for people with philosophical-ish wonderings, but not necessarily background.

[[[it's not very long, and not heavy on specialized ideas/vocabulary]]]


https://meteuphoric.com/2017/01/04/why-read-old-philosophy/
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mmm... philosophy the lone ur discipline

Interesting read B

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This suggests a research project: try summarizing what Aristotle is doing rather than Aristotle's views. Then write a nice short textbook about

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I swear, the older I get, the less interested I am in reading old philosophers. Very Happy In my 20's I ate that stuff up. Now, I just don't feel like putting in the effort any more.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hear, hear!
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL

I have my faves .. Jeremy Bentham, even Mill .. I loved and still do enjoy his work ... though havent read anything of that nature for years.
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