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:
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 kester.typepad.com)