The Philosopher

Ethan, 2012 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

Ted: You wanna know what it is? What it’s all about? Nicholas: (leans in closer to Ted)
Ted: John 9:25 Nicholas: I… haven’t been to Sunday school in a long time. Ted: ‘Whereas once I was blind, now I can see.’

– Dialogue from the movie ‘The Game’, Directed by David Fincher

This evening my son came home with a new homework assignment for his Philosophy class. He is asked to research a philosopher and a big idea, and write about their contribution to life and society and how their idea has been received over time.

Immediately we began to brainstorm some big ideas, and with it, some big questions. He threw out “What happens when we die?”, then I threw out “Is there a God?”. He looked at me with a distinct silence and awe. Perhaps a question he never thought to ask, or simply a lack of comprehension of the weight of such as question (I forget that Ethan has been raised purely secular, while I was sent to Catholic schools my entire life). But then Ethan asked the question, “Who is God?”

Suffice to say our evening was spent in fervent discussion over bigger than usual questions (such as ‘what’s for dinner, dad?’, and ‘when can I get my PS4 back?’). I am excited for him, and will live vicariously through his high school philosophy assignment for the next two weeks. Had any of my teachers tried to start a dialogue, or heaven forbid hand out an assignment toying with the notion of the existence of God, they might very well have been booted off the school grounds quicker than a Hail Mary full of Grace!

NB: If you haven’t seen The Game, check out the trailer below 🙂

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