Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I was discussing Descartes' meditations today, talking about how we know the world is the way it is. According to a wonderful man, if you really want to know what the world is like, it's no good licking it! It is only the geometric and kinesthetic qualities which tell us objectively what an object is like. But in thinking about this, it made me realise that while perhaps it's those properties which are most important when you want a plane to stay in the air, or a bridge not to collapse, it is entirely the opposite when it comes to people. I mean, sure, biology is interesting, but at the same time, it's not where your liver is that I'm concerned with, it's your favourite time of day, or the best time you ever had while skipping class. It's hopes and doubts and wishes and loves and hates and things that make you laugh that are important to me, it's those things that are endearing and wonderful. It's the songs you make up or the things you whisper when you don't think anyone is listening that make you an interesting person, not the number of molecules in your right eye.