I think I should change my dogs’ names to Philosopher’s names. Most of the time, I capture them in deep thought. I guess, I would also do that if most of the day, I do nothing. None of them seem to like watching TV – so they definitely have not been made idiots by the box.
I will name Midori my Beagle – Sartre for the existentialist philospher I never really understood. I tried to read his book “Being and Nothingess” and could not even get through the first half a dozen pages. My relationship with Sartre is the same relationship that I have with Midori. Knowing in my heart that if I try once again – I might get them this time around.
Char Siew the Shar-Pei on the other hand deserves the name Marcel. For the Blue Eagle readers – yes I am referring to Gabriel Marcel. Like Sartre I had difficulty understanding him. However, after you read Sartre ( or attempt to read it ) and with a lot of experts’ guidance – you can project that you understand him. This is how I think Char Siew and I are right now. I seem to understand him – and he seems to follow my commands. However, deep inside I know that i’ve only scratched the surface in comprehending what makes him tick.