I wanted to let you know that the celery plant is still alive. I need to Google and find out how to really take care of it, but it's still hanging in. It's been inside, but I've left it out for now. Maybe it just needs fresh air?
Do you remember this plant? I showed it to you in February after I had finished pruning and repotting. Several of you were very worried about it.
I told you then that it was fine, and I wanted you to see it today. I put it outside and being a tropical, it has had a wonderful summer. I really can't remember the last time it looked this good.
Not much going on, otherwise. Really looking forward to the powwow Sunday. I will take pictures, as allowed, and tell you all about it.I am really enjoying not having homework. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying not having homework. So chill, so relaxed, more ambition for my actual job. More time for Puff.
I wish I knew philosophy like James Emmerling. I know, I will get my PHIL111 book and find a random quote to end with.
James, this is for you. Not sure why fate chose this one.
From Language, Truth, and Logic by A. J. Ayer:
"It is worth mentioning that ethical terms do not serve only to express feeling. They are calculated also to arouse feeling, and so to stimulate action. Indeed some of them are used in such a way as to give the sentence in which they occur the effect of commands... ...In fact we may define the meaning of the various ethical words in terms of both the different feelings they are ordinarily taken to express, and also the different responses which they are calculated to evoke."
Now I know why and no, James, it has nothing to do with you. You were merely the inspiration for getting the book out...
"We can now see why it is impossible to find a criterion for determining the validity of ethical judgments. It is not because they have an "absolute" validity which is mysteriously independent of ordinary sense-experience, but because they have no objective validity whatsoever. If a sentence makes no statement at all, there is obviously no sense in asking whether what it says is true or false. And we have seen that sentences which simply express moral judgments do not say anything. They are pure expression of feeling and as such do not come under the category of true or falsehood. They are unverfiable for the same reason as a cry of pain or a word of command is unverifiable- because they do not express genuine propositions."
I guess philosophy might have something to it, after all.