We shall have to be philosophers, Mary

Most adults accept the world as a matter of course. This is precisely where philosophers are a notable exception. A philosopher never gets quite used to the world. To him or her, the world continues to seem a bit unreasonable—bewildering, even enigmatic. Philosophers and small children thus have an important faculty in common. You might say that throughout his life a philosopher remains as thin-skinned as a child.

I’m reading Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, and already on page eighteen I think it may have changed my life—or explained it, which is sometimes the same thing.

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  1. Jan Hicks says:

    Here’s a book that I loved and haven’t given away, or any of Gaarder’s others from the early 90s. I might have to re-read. I haven’t read any of his more recent books. I wonder if he’s kept his magic.

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