Saturday, November 04, 2006

Hating Hume?

Mrs. Gruntled was driving Endub and a friend to the big city. They saw that the highway was fast and full during rush hour, so they were trying to take the back roads to get to an unfamiliar location in time for a fast-approaching deadline. Mrs. G. said she was making a series of sensible turns that would take her northeast to her destination. Unfortunately, they were actually heading southwest.

In the middle of this slightly testy moment, the cell phone rang. Mrs. G., a very sensible driver, handed it to one of her passengers. The call was from Junior Gruntled #1, off at college. This was the message relayed from her: "Mom, do I hate David Hume?"

That broke the tension. When the girls had been dropped off, my wife settled in to a coffee house to call our daughter back for a long conversation about good philosophers and bad.

3 comments:

Eldest Gruntling said...

For the record, what I actually said is "Am I going to hate David Hume?" We started studying him in my IntroPhil class and I figured that if he was a relatively important figure in Western Civ and I hadn't had Dr. and Mrs. Gruntl quoting it at me since I was small, there was probably a reason.

Anonymous said...

So what's the answer?

halifax said...

my guess is that the eldest gruntling won't be too happy with mr. hume. however, i offer some of my favorite hume quotes, nonetheless.

Be a philosopher but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man (or a woman, as the case may be--ed.).

The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.

Custom...is the great guide of human life.

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.