Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Conversation I Want to Hear

I remember a World Lit class I took in college. We studied Lau Tzu, Dante, Socrates, Markus Aurelius, Aquinas, and others. It was a great class. There were lots of opinions on a surprisingly small number of issues that kept coming up over and over again across the centuries and spanning borders, languages, and cultures. It made one feel that, on some level, we are all asking the same questions. We're all in the same boat. All the same questioners questioning from different directions.

So. For the final. Classes have final exams, after all. We were given our tests, which contained one question. Just one. You are at Charles D'Gaulle airport in France. There is a freak snowstorm, grounding all flights. You find yourself in a lounge with some other stranded passengers. These are: Socrates, Omar Khayyam, Confucius, Leo Tolstoy, and Thomas Aquinas.

What do they talk about?

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