Philosophers stoned?

Another find amonst dear BB’s droppings. This one was written on the back of a fag packet. I don’t miss the reek of ciggies, but the memory of Burrito with a ‘gasper’ hanging constantly from his mouth, brings a smile.

This is an appeal for help. I came across the word ‘foolosophy’ in the last few days, and it rang all my bells, but for the love of me, I cannot recall where I saw it. Was it on this blog, or was it on the trackless wastes of the internet. I suffer memory lapses all the time. My secretary, who is my senior, calls them ‘senior moments’. She gets them too. I have the memory of a skroderider. (look it up).

Google is no help, except it reveals it is the title of a book by yet another ‘guru’ unable to mention the name of Christ. But then Google is just a computer program, and like Mr Spock, cannot understand intuition or emotion. The word ‘foolosophy’ meant a great deal to me when I read it. I NEED to recall the context of my first sighting of it.

While we pass the time for my memory to fetch the package, here is a picture of a common fool:

Is this what Mr Dawkins sees when he looks at himself in the mirror?

OK, pending my rescue by recall, let’s ask: what could ‘foolosophy’ mean?

1) Philosophers are fools? -unlikely, because most aren’t.

2) Idiot savants are the experts? -again, unlikely, because they aren’t, but the phenomenon is a pointer.

3) A pun on ‘philosophy’ and ‘fool’, philosophers spout forth great tracts on the meaning of this or that, but never quite get to the end of the matter, because ultimately they are fools, like the rest of us? -this is getting warmer.

4) A foolosopher might be someone driven, by forces beyond their control, to plumb the depths of folly, but who thus glimpses and attains the heights of wisdom.

Number 4 sounds the best to me. Scripture tells us that God’s folly is greater than man’s wisdom. Unless the seed falls to the ground and dies, it will not flourish and bring forth a hundredfold.

That’s it, the path to ‘sophos’ runs through the land of ‘folly’. Now for the best bit:

Your comments, please.

(picture borrowed from


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5 Responses to Philosophers stoned?

  1. toadspittle says:

    Well, Burrogrino (as we must now call him) certainly makes a lot more sense now he’s dead. We are all agreed on that!
    And I was right in assuming that, from his nice self-portrait above, he is much better looking than his hero, Mel Gibson!

    “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.”
    From Thomas Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

    Would I be out of place to suggest adopting this as the official motter of CP&S?
    Yes? Thought so.


  2. toadspittle says:

    If Toad was of a less viperish disposition, he would probably feel a little pang of sympathy for sensitive Catholics today, if the gibberish above is anything to go by.

    (One might think the last thing a Pope needed was added sex-appeal and glamour.)


  3. Frere Rabit says:

    The word ‘foolosopher’ was first coined by Erasmus, if my rabit memory serves me well, and in his wonderful satire on the schoolmen – particularly the Scotists – he was very hard on those who paraded their ‘subtleties’ while having absolutely no knowledge of Greek to guide them.


  4. toadspittle says:

    Time to get my poor old ‘mince pies,’ as foul-mouthed D****n would say, checked again. (Puzzled? Ask Burro, except he’s dead.)

    I first read Teresa’s last comment as, “the cossack which each traditionalist priest wears …” Gave me a nasty turn.

    BUT…again…WHERE is everybody? If it wasn’t for me, there would be very few comments at all, I fear.

    Dark and lonely work, indeed, for a poor old Toad. Rally round!

    Time to grab a few zizzes before posting another blizzard of rubbish tomorrow.

    Things were different when Burro was alive…


  5. Frere Rabit says:

    “Grab a few zizzes..”? Excuse me? There’s only one aminal wot zizzes around here and it is not one’s Toad. As for the Burro, I think we need to provide him with inspiration and the message of the resurrection. Prolly the best donkey resurrection sequence is that provided by the unlikely spiritual patronage of Budweiser, in a commercial made by Mel Gibson as one of his warm-up sequences while trying to ‘get a handle’ on pulling heart strings. If it worked with a cute donkey it might even work with the Son of God, and he could get Catholics blubbing in cinemas all over the world, and make millions of dollars.

    A laudable enterprise. I commend this early experiment to you all.


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