Saturday, 12 August 2017


153. Years ago I tried to read an old philosophy book written in Latin. I did not get very far but what I did get were two formulations that have stayed with me ever since. They articulate an important distinction with regard to being. They go like this: 'Ens a se' and 'Ens ab alio'. When one is injured and in need of care by others, any illusion that one might entertain about being an independent, self sufficient, and autonomous entity is quickly shattered. 

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  1. An elder in a convalescent home once remarked on the wonderful care so many people offered him -- when they wiped his bum, he told them how kind they were. Teachers abound everywhere!