Hangin’ Out with Hegel!

Mr. Hegel’s “Phenomenology of Spirit”: Action Point– An Orientation Session!

 

When at the first I took my pen in hand

Thus for write, I did not understand

That I at all should make a little book

In such a mode: nay I had undertook

To make another; which, when almost done,

Before I was aware I this begun.

And thus it was: I, writing of the way

And race of saints in this our gospel-day,

Fell suddenly into an allegory

About their journey, and the way to glory,

In more than twenty things which I set down

This done, I twenty more had in my crown,

And they again began to multiply,

Like sparks that from the coals of fire do fly.

 

— the beginning lines of Mr. John Bunyan’s “Author’s Apology” which were for his composition on “The Pilgrim’s Progress

 

If you (e.g.) happen to be fond of the fact-telling style of Olive from Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm” (esp. 1:27-1:36 of this), the brave intellectual aura of Hermione from Mrs. J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series (esp. 1:28-1:40 of this), the thoughtfulness of Wilson from ABC’s “Home Improvement” sitcom (e.g. 0:01-1:35 of this), the endearing eccentric mannerisms of BBC’s Doctor Who incarnations (e.g. this contains some rather curious moments through the show’s 55+ year run), and the neighborliness of Mr. Rogers (e.g. this was his brilliant defense of PBS television), I do believe you’ve come to the right place 🙂

Before we don our scuba gear to dive deep into Mr. Hegel’s Intro, it seemed like a good idea to use this post to provide an orientation (via a Q&A session) for what lies ahead…

Yet, though anticipated future posts in this series will hopefully be better sized, be forewarned about this one: I am a nerd (e.g. with regard to theology) that has dyscalculia (e.g. with innate extreme difficulties with concise communication): please know that {#1} I mean well, that {#2} I thank you in advance for your time, & that {#3} I try to compensate by providing lots of entertaining links along the way… 

FYI: not accounting for the provided humorous and/or educational links along the way, the Estimated Reading Time for this post is 20 minutes.

 

What is this project anyway? Why are you invested in it? Why should I be interested in it? 

 

Those are all awesome questions! Without further adieu…

 

In response to the 3rd question (i.e. Why should I be interested in it?):

Fellow Pinterest lovers might have come across a picture of a surfer (against the backdrop of a sublime sunset) with the caption “What consumes your mind, controls your life.”

You may have come across the quote attributed to the Buddha that goes as follows: “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

You may have come across the quote: “Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.”

In like fashion, the Old Testament’s Proverb 4:24 says: “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”

Here, the perennial idea is that we must strive to use our minds well so that we can live well– i.e.: the quality of our “John the Baptist” thoughts pave the way for the quality of our “Jesus the Christ” words and actions.

Even with a character so enigmatic as our Mr. Hegel (just one drop in a vast ocean of philosophers), and even with a work so abstruse as his “Phenomenology of Spirit”, I’d suggest that all the theorizing we’ll do in this series will have some practical value in the long-run.

Speaking about the proverbial ‘[at the] end of the day’, and in the spirit of the super chill comedian Mr. Julian Smith: in that I am one who’s invested in your psychological well-being and your edification thereunto, please consider this series of posts to be like hot Kool Aid which I’m making specially for you 🙂

 

In reply to the 1st and 2nd questions (i.e. What is this project anyway? Why are you invested in it?):

Well,

Once upon a time… *cue the beginning to “The Princess Bride”, even though the story doesn’t begin with that 4 word phrase…*

within a most magnificently marvelous galaxy… *cue Mr. John Williams’ “Star Wars” theme*

happening to contain the brilliantly beautiful planet Earth… *cue Mr. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” / “What a Wonderful World”*

It was the evening of 12/15/17, it was within Chili’s Escondido location, & I’d just recently finished the 2017 fall semester at Palomar community college!

To celebrate this, my recent 21st birthday, and the upcoming joy of winter holidays, I decided to eat the cheapest delicious (albeit not the healthiest) dinner I could afford– i.e.: 4 Mini Sliders with a side of fries & what would become approximately 4 rounds of Coke.

Now, because I’m this odd, old-souled, dinosaur-ish creature called me: I also decided on bringing along with me to this dining experience a copy–this cosmically cool copy, to be precise–of Mr. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s “Phenomenology of Spirit”. (In retrospect, I suppose it would’ve been more fun to refer to him as “Curious George”— perhaps I will remember to do so later on in this series 😎, but any which way…) During this private celebratory dinner, I ended up accomplishing my spontaneous goal of reading through the entire 25-page Editor’s Foreword.

I’m crazy, right?! 😂 Who in their right mind would do such a thing?!?

Here’s why that action of mine would begin to make any kind of sense, if you’ll kindly indulge my amateur story-telling any further 🙏

Back in my high school days, you see, I’d first ‘met’ Mr. Hegel through a most excellent 5 year (Western Civilization) Great Books course of study.

Back then, what almost immediately intrigued me about this dude was how hard he was–and is, and perhaps shall always be–for us to understand.

According to what seemed like a multitude of opinions from professional and lay scholars (which I was picking up after conducting a few personal Google inquiries on the subject), it didn’t seem to matter whether one read Mr. Hegel in the original German or in subsequent translations: virtually every sentence of this man’s rhetoric was like a brick wall!

Now, just as certain folks find themselves very curious about solving the Rubix cube (if possible for them to accomplish, even accounting for loads of free helps online), so I found myself very curious about discovering what manner of ideological treasures could be found by trying to penetrate through the daunting bunker of Mr. Hegel’s rhetoric (if possible for me, even accounting for loads of free resources and scholarly interpretations online).

Though I’m sure better scholars than myself are always busying themselves with this sort of thing: during that dinner, little ol’ me was inspired by words in the Editor’s Foreword (namely: “Despite the sensitive work of Jean Hyppolite, we are far from having anything like a really full commentary on the Phenomenology.”) to provide– for all of us citizens of this 21st century– my very own 1st ‘exploratory/teachable/humble’ explication (i.e. in the sense of philosophy as searching after wisdom) concerning Mr. Hegel’s “Phenomenology”.

 

This seems like a fantastic time for a Selah moment, and I suspect that what we all definitely need here is “MORE Cowbell” 😂

 

Ok…resume, shall we?

In addition to the motivating factors which I’d mentioned above, there’s also what I call–

*drumroll please…*

*cueing dramatic Mr. Clint Eastwood eyes*

*cueing the following awesome Mr. Stephen Colbert emoji as well*

*suspenseful silence*

I call it…

‘the German element’ 😎

(Maybe it’s just me, but something about that phrase sounds pretty neat– much like a Neature Walk 😉)

Ok…After all that hype, let me start to explain the rather simple–but perhaps in some ways profound in and of itself–observation I’m trying to share here.

Now, to begin with: whereas the first instinct of a few folks might be to immediately associate Germany with the horrid regime of Adolf Hitler, I would like to suggest an alternative ‘associative’ way of thinking.

Granted:

  • I’m an ‘odd duck’ sort of person (e.g. where do I start? 😜) & I can say, with humble gratitude, that I am from the religious matrix of non-institutional & non-instrumental/acapella churches of Christ (i.e. basically, Duck Dynasty spiritual style minus human-invented musical instruments in corporate sonic worship & alcoholic beverages, but not necessarily ‘scratching’ the beards– lolz: see what I did there? 😂). However, I suspect that my penchant for critical thinking has in some way contributed to my rather ‘free spirit’ (though *hopefully* quite dependent on God, even though somewhat independent of fellow humans), and I suspect that this has contributed to my hypothesis that I am an ‘odd duck’… Whatever happens: even though I shall (with much prayer) do my utmost to be busy drawing closer to what’s good/true/beautiful & farther away from what’s wicked/false/offensive– if I should fail at any point to do that which I desire, please don’t go thinking I’m even close to a good or perfect representative of my religious matrix– let alone all of Christendom, or of what it means to be homo-religiosus in the most fundamental level. (As well as thought-provoking and curious, I find it a source of comfort that I am a rather autonomous thinker emerging from a rather autonomous religious background– instead of being the same and emerging from a religious background that by nature is much less autonomous.) Thanking you very much in advance for even a moment of your consideration, I’ll continue on with your blessing: for, as has been well said many a time, “the game is afoot!” 

Granted as well that:

  • The “Church Doctor/Teacher” within me–this limited, fallible, imperfect human being–cares deeply about what all is currently happening within sincere/authentic and insincere/fraudulent professing Christendom. That is to say, I try my best to care about Western/Latin Roman Catholicism, Eastern/Greek Orthodoxy, AnglicanismProtestantism/Evangelicalism, Stone-Campbell Restorationism, & whatever other groups or individuals there are that also seem to be sincere in their professing to be Christian. I am likewise highly interested in keeping up with those ranging from self-proclaimed ‘conservatives‘ to ‘progressives‘. I have similar cares for the ‘moderates/in-betweens‘ to the ‘alternative orthodox‘. Moreover, I care as well for fellow professing Christian humans that go by whatever other designations I’m forgetting. This isn’t even addressing the loving attentiveness I have as well for those who have other-than-Christian religious (or not-so-religious) inclinations… Here, though, please note that I haven’t meant to suggest “I’m all that because I care for so many people, etc”. Instead of that, as will–I hope–become evident within the ‘granted all that’ bit below, I mean to say that though I have an imperfectly human care for the general lot of (esp.) religious things, I also have an imperfectly human interest in a specific subject– a specific subject that’s needed for explaining what that ‘German element’ is of which I spoke about earlier.

And, granted:

 

Here comes the part you’ve all been waiting for… *cue the Hallelujah chorus!*

 

Granted all of those things:

  • I also happen to be a huge fan of history concerning Protestantism– which, as you readers might’ve guessed I’d get around to saying, took off from 16th century Germany like a glorious rocket into the splendid space of history!

Many names of German professing Christians are coming to my mind right now…Where would it be best for me to start and end?

Although I’m forgetful of the exact order in which I discovered them, and even though I am not qualified or intending to establish some hierarchy of who’s-above-who: following are just a few (in my humble opinion) paragons of Protestantism 🙂

  • The “Music Historian” within me would like to point out that Mr. J.S. Bach (a most amazing Christian musical theologian) was impacted by the life and works of Mr. Martin Luther (a pivotal and profound theologian for what would later be labeled the Protestant Reformation). Both of these men were German.
  • The “Prophet” within me would like to recall (with all those who care about social justice and civil rights), with gratitude, the theo-centric social activist Mr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This gentleman too, as some may remember, was also German.
  • In that same basic time (i.e. the 20th century), the world was also graced with the presence of such theologians as Mr. Albert Schweitzer and Mr. Paul Tillich. Both of these men were–yet again–German. 

Side Note #1:

As he’s respected by modern folks with a variety of religious and political convictions (but for this point, it’s especially relevant that he’s even respected by a U.S. of A. Republican such as Mr. George H.W. Bush), it may come as a bit of a surprise to the more (self-identified) politically Republican/conservative and to the more (self-identified) religiously traditional/conservative that Mr. Schweitzer actually kinda liked theological work done by Mr. David Friedrich Strauss, who–though being what we’d tend to call religiously ‘liberal’–reinvigorated studies in ancient religions, studies in early Christianity, studies concerning the New Testament, and studies concerning Jesus of Nazareth as having been a real and not a feigned figure of history. George Eliot/Marian Evans even translated into English the 4th edition of one of Mr. Strauss’ most important theological written works, the 1st immense edition of which–I seem to recall–he published at 27 years of age! 😮

Side Note #2: 

Additional factoid! For better or worse, Mr. Paul Tillich is a favorite theology go-to person for the ever so controversial Episcopal Bishop J.S. Spong. However: after having watched such videos as this all-adult interview & this interview between a college student and Professor Paul Tillich (here’s Pt. 1, Pt. 2, and Pt. 3), Mr. Tillich seems–to me, at least–quite relatable, sober, and genuine in his approach to theology and to God. Perhaps it’s just me, but I suspect that the more one learns about (e.g.) Mr. Spong’s theology heroes (e.g. Mr. Tillich), the more one can also [at least, most of the time] understand what Mr. Spong intends to be saying– amidst all the tempestuous discussions in reaction to his many thought-provoking messages. 🤔

  • Among the (approximately) 17 Bible editions and 24 Bible-related books I’m blessed to have within my [book-worm and music-major themed] bedroom, one book among the latter category is a lovely green-colored 2nd edition of “A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature”— and the original compiler of this particular immense account of New Testament words was none other than Mr. Walter Bauer, who also was a German-based Christian theologian.
  • Here’s something else that I’ve found interesting: what was one thing that the astronomer Mr. Johannes Kepler and Pope Benedict the 16th had in common, just at different times in history? Ties with the German University of Tubingen, which has a list of diversely impressive alumni who’ve achieved a great deal of cool things. At one point in time (in the 19th century), this University even became rather well-known for its academic community of Protestant theologians– a community that came to be known as the “Tubingen ‘Tendency Theory’ School of Theology”. Curiously enough, one of the major founding figures of this German-Protestant theology college community was Mr. Ferdinand Christian Baur, and he–as it so happened–was quite largely impacted by our Mr. Hegel (who himself was a previous student of Tubingen, was raised as a Protestant, and was German too)!

 

So, my readers, that’s ‘the German element’ for you. 😮

 

Whatever anyone thinks of the Christ-likeness of the recently mentioned figures (between Mr. J.S. Bach to Mr. F.C. Baur): with the exception of the one aforementioned Pope, nearly all of them were raised as Germans.

Furthermore, virtually all of them were raised within a rich heritage of Protestant theology and even labored to further that theological heritage for future generations.

And if there’s any dispute to be had about them furthering ‘that (Protestant) theological heritage’ by laying a foundation for a theological legacy…that at any rate seems to be what they thought were doing with their lives.

Correct or misguided, I’m presently inclined–under the marvelous grace of God–to give all of them (per the saying) ‘the benefit of the doubt’.

Correct or misguided, I’m presently inclined–given my ‘romantic relationship’ with Christ-ianity–to believe Mr. Hegel himself was a devout (though tricky to understand) Christ-follower.

Assuredly, it isn’t my intention to pretend I know what God thinks of any of these gentlemen. Now, even though I do have some humble ‘educated guesses’ as to the nature of Providence’s judgment of them, that is–methinks–a discussion for another time & for another post within another series. Here, what I mean to address is the respective authentic or fraudulent natures of these men– and it is my current tentative conclusion that authenticity was a character trait they all had in common, a most excellent virtue engraved within their psyches. What I’m offering for you now is a brief train of thought that I’ve got for why I think about them–as a human (not God) considering fellow humans–the way I do…

Growing up, the modern proverb was often said to me that goes something similar to what follows: “Between right and wrong, endeavor always to do that which is right. If error at some point is to be committed, err on the side of caution.”

To this day, I still love that modern proverb!

Yet, I came to think: if it really is true that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom“, and if it really is true that “God is love/charity“, then might not erring on the ‘side of caution’ be to err on the side of Love’s way of loving?

Did those aforementioned fallible, limited, and human folks not fearfully respect Wisdom/Love Itself? Did they not joyously labor with all of their being to chase after this infallible, unlimited, and metaphysical It? Did they not (by all appearances) do their best to flee from (e.g.) bad/insufficient/false/offensive/wicked thoughts & embrace (e.g.) good/satisfying/excellent/true/beautiful thoughts?

If these points are agreeable, then it seems fitting for us to resign judgement of them to God– a God accustomed to viewing beyond exterior appearances and performances, a God that has perfect access to viewing the inmost core of every human.

Though I cannot pretend to reveal God’s thoughts as if I were God, building upon our bond to such holy scriptures that suggest God is cleverly charitable and charitably clever: if we ultimately must resign our judgments to the will of God, what a blissfully brilliant will must constantly and ultimately–yes, triumphantly!–proceed from Wisdom/Love Itself!!

 

I, the reader, am still fairly new to this Mr. Hegel dude– what resources would be good to look at to start getting a better idea about him? 

 

  • For starters, YouTube’s “The School of Life” has an excellent short video about this dude.
  • Here’s a fantastic short article about how Mr. Hegel’s ideas of God–in a sense–emerge from (as I like to think about it) where St. Anselm wanted to get with his ontological argument for the transcendent reality we’ve labeled as “God“. (But hey, in that St. Anselm’s beautifully human–yet somewhat flawed–ontological argument popped up within that “Prayer: Faith Seeking Understanding– A Discourse on the Existence of God” sequel to his “Monologue: On the Being of God“, & given that the preface to that original “Monologue” book basically seems to say he took up a philosophical ‘triple dog dare’ from fellow Church buddies– maybe we can give St. Anselm a bit of a break?)  
  • Along similar lines to the main link just above, here’s this brief but awesome podcast episode on Mr. Hegel’s conception of God.
  • Thanks be to God(!), there’s also this magnificent chap–Mr. Gregory B. Sadler–who’s been on a mission for longer than I to post (via YouTube) explanations for each section of “The Phenomenology of Spirit”: here’s a link to this much-needed and (I believe) helpful series of videos.
  • To get an initial glimpse into how this dude tended to think about Christ-ianity and society, I would recommend these essays— even though I still can’t say I’ve had the time to read them through myself.
  • To get a more complete picture of the life and times of our dude Mr. Hegel, I’d recommend Mr. Edward Caird’s “Hegel”.
  • If you’re unable to purchase for yourself a physical copy of the book we’ll be examining from our dude Mr. Hegel, but would be interested in a (thankfully, at present, free) online format: here’s a link to a fantastic pdf.

 

As a last note for this section…

Whatever one thinks of his approach to theology when pitted against his personal faults (as any sinner-saint does, to be honest– and let’s take a moment to carefully note this has always been the case: from the Old Testament’s king David, to the New Testament’s mass-murder Saul turned apostle Paul, to myself as well, and to several others I haven’t the time or space to mention here),

and even though he also–with respect–differed from Mr. Hegel at many points,

Mr. Karl Barthwho, through being a major figurehead for the Confessing Church (the principle non-conformist religious establishment during the regime of Hitler), ended up greatly impacting Mr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (who would later become a principle leader for the same congregation)considered Mr. Hegel to be for Protestants what St. Thomas Aquinas was for Roman Catholics(Oh! Btw, this and this serve as quick introductions to good ol’ St. Tommy.) Long story short: in church history talk, that’s a pretty big compliment!

 

What’s a “Kung Fu Panda: Level Zero” way of approaching “The Phenomenology of Spirit”: understanding its gist, its flow, its content, and its terminology?

 

  • As far as terminology is concerned (‘updating’ Mr. Hegel’s 19th century words into a 21st century U.S. American English vocabulary), I’ve done my very best to make use of (e.g.) contractions & somewhat easier to understand synonyms for more complicated words. A major exception to my practice for finding synonyms would be the term “consciousness”, which the English translators have thought proper to use– I just couldn’t find a simpler word that got across most of the same necessary connotations.
  • As far as flow is concerned (i.e. the relative smoothness or roughness within Mr. Hegel’s writing style & the presentation of him given by various translations), what I’ve done is break up frequent ginormous paragraphs into more readable ‘bite sizes’. One thing I’m beginning to become pretty sure of is this: one reason for why most people can tend to think they aren’t able to approach philosophical books–for why philosophical literature is not more of a hot topic in society–is most likely because of the way in which the content is displayed. I don’t think it’s a problem of thinking thoughts– that’s a very human thing to do. I think it’s a problem of presentation. I don’t mean to say I’ve got all the answers, that I have stumbled on a very original thought, or that philosophy is an intrinsically easy thing to do all the time, but I do believe this is a rather important problem that we need to grapple with if there is ample interest among us for philosophy–an important intellectual discipline–to (yet once more in the wondrous saga of human history) become a more popular topic in society.
  • Before each installment to this series, or maybe just every once in a while…I’ll actually think about that a bit further…At any rate, I’ll include a diagram of the book’s Table of Contents 🙂 My idea is that it’d be like going up to one of those cool “You are Here” signs they have in malls! (Note that much of the content within the ‘chapter titles’ descriptions are my subtle contributions to the Table of Contents. After all, ‘Chapter Such-and-Such’ seemed far more interesting than leaving each section as a series of symbols that end up looking merely like “DD8”.)

The Flow of This Book

A Philosopher’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” / “Divine Comedy

An Intellectual’s “Auto-Biography” / “Voyage of Discovery”

Preface (pgs. 1-46): because Mr. Hegel wrote this after everything else in this book, we’ll address this part last.

–> Introduction (pgs. 46-57): We are here! <–

Chapter 1: The Exposé on…Consciousness

A1 — series of posts (pgs. 58-67)

A2 — series of posts (pgs. 68-79)

A3 — series of posts (pgs. 79-103)

Chapter 2: The Lowdown on…Self-Consciousness

B4(intro) — series of posts (pgs. 104-111)

B4(a) — series of posts (pgs. 111-119)

B4(b) — series of posts (pgs. 119-138)

Chapter 3: The Rundown on…Reason

AA5(intro) — series of posts (pgs. 139-145)

AA5(A: a,b,c) — series of posts (pgs. 145-210)

AA5(B: a,b,c) — series of posts (pgs. 211-235)

AA5(C: a,b,c ) — series of posts (pgs. 236-262)

Chapter 4: The Skinny on…Spirit

BB6(intro) — series of posts (pgs. 263-266)

BB6(A: a,b,c) — series of posts (pgs. 266-294)

BB6(B1:a,b; B2:a,b; B3) — series of posts (pgs. 294-363)

BB6(C: a,b,c) — series of posts (pgs. 364-409)

Chapter 5: The Gospel of…Religion

CC7(intro) — series of posts (pgs. 410-416)

CC7(A: a,b,c) — series of posts (pgs. 416-424)

CC7(B: a,b,c) — series of posts (pgs. 424-453)

CC7(C) — series of posts (pgs. 453-478)

Chapter 6: The Inside Story on…Absolute Knowing

DD8 — series of posts (pgs. 479-493)

Analysis of the Text: I’ll be using this section along the way, fyi.

Index: I may not use this part much, if at all.

  • As for beginning to understand the gist of “The Phenomenology of Spirit”, I quite like the following thoughts from the aforementioned Mr. Edward Caird (for easier reading, I feature both quotes with minimal editing changes):

From Ch. 3 & page 62 of Mr. Caird’s “Hegel”:

“In this book, Hegel gives us a kind of genetic psychology or philosophical “Pilgrim’s Progress”– in which the individual (beginning with the lowest sensuous consciousness which is possible to a rational being) is gradually led upwards (by the dialectic of his own thought) to the highest speculative idea of the world as an organic system (whose principle of unity lies in the self-conscious intelligence).”

From Ch. 3 & pgs. 62-63 of Mr. Caird’s “Hegel”:

“The ‘Phenomenology’ is (in a literary point of view) the most perfect of Hegel’s works. It indeed wants the clearness, the dialectical precision, and the just proportion of parts which we find in some of his later writings, but it compensates for this by a certain imaginative richness and power of utterance, a certain fervid fluency– as of a thought which (after long brooding) had at last burst into expression. The peculiar merit of this book isn’t merely that its dialectical process is assisted in its expression by imagination, but that the process itself seems to become poetical and imaginative through its success in overcoming the abstractions and reconciling the oppositions with which it deals. It isn’t poetical philosophy– it’s philosophy (in its last synthesis) showing itself to be poetry: thought taking fire by the rapidity and intensity of its own movement. Hegel called it his ‘Voyage of Discovery’, and indeed it’s a sort of philosopher’s auto-biography, in which all the main forces that influenced his own development are clearly indicated.”

 

What will anticipated future posts in this series look like? 

 

Something like what’s below, I imagine:

  1. The bit where I copy & paste a section of the English translation of the “Phenomenology”. Here, my aim is to present for you the closest thing we’ve got (without turning to the German original) for Mr. Hegel’s own words.
  2. The bit where I present my ‘updated translation’ of his words, presenting my ‘take’ on him. Here, my aim is to present a style of reading that’s smoother to read for most English readers– especially for those chance few who may not have known about Mr. Hegel without this series of posts.
  3. The bit where I present some reflective comments of mine. Here, my aim is to present some thoughts that–hopefully, with the aid of God–might just help clarify some things about Mr. Hegel’s thinking.

 

Any actual SHORT & QUICK last words for this post? 

 

Yes, indeed!

Just as Mr. Mortimer J. Adler “long strove to bring philosophy to the masses”, and just as St. Thomas Aquinas endeavored to clarify Aristotle’s thoughts for his own context in time and space, so also even our man Mr. Hegel had (according to this article) once upon a time aspired to be a “Popularphilosoph, i.e., a ‘man of letters’ who serves to make the abstruse ideas of philosophers accessible to a wider public”. His train of thought must’ve been like: “The name’s Hegel. Georg Hegel. ‘Sup peoplz?” 😎

There’s a certain sense of irony, I suspect, in how Mr. Hegel had those noble aspirations– only to become one of the hardest philosophers to actually understand… 🤔

I can only hope and pray that my ‘Popularizing Philosophy’ aspirations don’t also end up in an ironic way… 😂

Here goes to prayerfully fighting the odds! #eyeofthetigerneverstarts #waytoofunny

 

You are now at the conclusion of this orientation session– thank you for taking the time to read this & please feel free to stay tuned for further posts in this series! 

 

Your loving neighbor in the Trinity mystery 😇🖖🙏,

— Weston

 

 

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