A thought-provoking article posted on Aeon.co, written by Julian Baggini is an excellent treatise on the relevance, and need, for the philosophy of Hume and others, and how philosophy can serve us well in this age of skepticism, individualism, and the need for genuine human sympathy.
Socrates died by drinking hemlock, condemned to death by the people of Athens. Albert Camus met his end in a car that wrapped itself around a tree at high speed. Nietzsche collapsed into insanity after weeping over a beaten horse. Posterity loves a tragic end, which is one reason why the cult of David Hume, arguably the greatest philosopher the West has ever produced, never took off.
While Hume was lying aged 65 on his deathbed at the end of a happy, successful and (for the times) long life, he told his doctor: ‘I am dying as fast as my enemies, if I have any, could wish, and as easily and cheerfully as my best friends could desire.’ Three days before he died, on 25 August 1776, probably of abdominal cancer, his doctor could still report that he was ‘quite free from anxiety, impatience, or low spirits, and passes his time very well with the assistance of amusing books’.
When the end came, Dr Black reported that Hume ‘continued to the last perfectly sensible, and free from much pain or feelings of distress. He never dropped the smallest expression of impatience; but when he had occasion to speak to the people about him, always did it with affection and tenderness … He died in such a happy composure of mind, that nothing could exceed it.’
This practice is downright medieval and barbaric. If you care at all about animals and animal welfare, please read the information below and do what you can to support wild horse advocates in their efforts to stand up to the Bureau of Land Management and put an end to this cruel and totally unnecessary sterilization practice.
After BLM Oregon posted this youtube video showing Dr. Leon Pielstick performing an ovariectomy via colpotomy on a “previously wild” mare, Rob Sharp, a Supervisory Wild Horse & Burro Specialist for the BLM’s Burns District in Oregon, sent the following email to 6 government employees (5 work for the BLM and one works for the Dept. […]
Today, August 10, is World Lion Day. It was created to generate support for one of Earth’s most incredible animals: the lion (Panthera leo). As with many species of large predator, human actions are driving lions towards extinction. They are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, which states that lion populations have likely […]
Greetings to all my favorite parrot friends! Alexa is in a mood after she rolled under the couch. She blames me for her clumsiness! Good help is hard to find these days! Recently, I received an interesting letter from a parrot owner. Dear Morty, I live in a three bedroom home and have ten parrots. […]