Joel Anderson en Philosophy, beBee in English, Entrepreneurs Development Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs • Kansas State University 2/7/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +600

The Definition of “it.” I wonder what Horace would have to say?

The Definition of “it.” I wonder what Horace would have to say?

I wonder what would happen, if we could transport Horace into the present and have him take some time to look at some of the more interesting "it" going on in our world.  I wonder if we would be alarmed, amused, perplexed or indifferent on his take about a whole lot of this “it” and that “it.” You know, all this “it” chatter that is kind of dependent on your definition of what “it” is.  

So let’s pause just for a moment, and put some of this “it” into perspective.  You know, topics about any “it” are many.  Some of the “it” includes  challenging issues like:  Economy, Education, Terrorism, Climate, Immigration, Equality, Energy, Globalization, Race, Gender, Radicalization, Water and the “it” list can go on and on and on………………Some of the "it" is just commentary. Some "it" is marketing.  And yes, some of this "it," is just noise.

I won’t try to be an alarmist about all of the “it” in our world, sway one’s opinion on this “it” or that "it", or dive into anything that shouldn’t be discussed in an open forum about general or particular forms of “it.” Sometimes the “it” making the rounds smells like a rose, and other times, well "it" just smells like “it.”  Sometimes I am mesmerized by the appearance of “it” as “it” unfolds as “breaking news.” Sometimes I scream at my computer because of the outrageous nature of some of the “IT” I happen across.  Sometimes I do the same to my TV because of how a lot of the “it” is portrayed.  Sometimes I just shut down because of all the “it” slinging. Sometimes, "it" just makes the rounds in a symphony worthy of top billing for the "it" of the day.  Sometimes I just sit around with friends and shoot the "it," metaphorically speaking of course.  You know, there is a lot of “it” going on out there.  Good "it."  Bad "it."  In between "it."   Sometimes "it" seems like  a lot of this “it” could just be the result of “it” slinging.  Sometimes, depending on who the “it” is slung at, “it”  hits a fan.  I just hate that.  You know--when the “it” hits the fan.  Don’t you? 

I wonder if any or all of this “it” really matters to anyone else, or if Horace would really care, but I just find myself sometimes perplexed, sometimes amused and sometimes just left scratching my head about some of this “it.”

Maybe he would simply turn to us and say that he is still trying to figure out what the definition of "is" is?

Or in contemplating "the" question of questions, he might just say that he is still working on Shakespeare's Hamlet  "to be, or not to be" ( https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/56965 ).  If that is the question, then maybe the rest of this "it" may pale in comparison?


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Joel Anderson 21/7/2016 · #2

Whether you subscribe to Wilson's views or not, he provides some interesting insights: "...The most thoroughly and relentlessly Damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignore, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed of all Damned Things is the individual human being. The social engineers, statistician, psychologist, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars, kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this Damned Thing into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the Damned Thing will not fit into the slot assigned it. The theologians call it a sinner and try to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. the psychologist calls it a neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the Damned Thing will not fit into their slots..." Robert Anston Wilson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEOIfLcjdbg

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Joel Anderson 3/7/2016 · #1

For all you scrabble enthusiasts out there, http://www.wordfind.com/contains/it/ One could have a hay day with all of this. Then again, wonder what Horace would think about the Definitions of "is?" Just so you all know, part of my reason for this particular post and either the sarcasm or satire or both is a feeble attempt to have people think about all the nonsensical nature of polarized views, statements and current events.

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