I do like that title.
Western philosophy pretty much peaked with Socrates. Aristotle was nice with his classifications, Plato was okay with his cave riddle but Socrates nailed it: the only thing we know is that there is stuff we don’t know. Beyond that Socrates seems to have just gotten on with his life,; speaking truth to power and paying the price for it. Socrates’ life shows the veracity of his philosophy.
But Socrates did not catch on in Greece. He was too high-brow.
Western religion pretty much peaked with Jesus. Damn man, that guy man, Jesus… King of the Jews, huh. What year are we living in again? Year X after you-know-who, amirite? Jesus knew how to occupy the West for a millenium or 2.
But Christians see their churches empty. The faith is dying. An event Nietzsche predicted over a hundred years ago: God is dead. Hail übermensch! But is God really dead, or is it Jesus who is dead, and with Jesus our connection to God? That remains to be seen. (although Socrates is raising his hand)
But like Socrates, Nietzsche did not catch on. He demanded too much. I have to transcend myself? That sounds like a lot of work. I dunno man. I work to live, I don’t live to work.
Maybe that’s why Jim is an old, fat and bald man. It is a nice counterpoint.
Will Jim catch on?