Marika Malaea

faithful marauder + fake royal

The Philosopher King

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Professionally, the Esq is a lawyer — but his passion is philosophy.

One thing I love about him is how stoic and controlled he is, because I’m the complete opposite. His face gives nothing away and he’s not prone to raising his voice, whereas I give everything away and love a good shouting match. He’s not easily excitable or loud or unbalanced. He’s steady; he’s neutral; he blends. So my boyfriend is Switzerland.

I am North Korea.

Ask him a philosophical question, though — or for philosophical clarification around an idea you remembered from high school — and it’s a whole new ballgame.

If standing, he’ll begin to pace — much like your college professor — and if sitting, his hands will gesticulate (not wildly, but with purpose) to get his point across. He may raise his voice — no, he will raise his voice — because he’s excited about the topic and teaching something he loves. He talks rapidly, and presents ideas and questions in a thoughtful, organized way; sometimes when we’re discussing philosophical principles, I feel like he’s reading from an outline of his thesis. He’s succinct, engaging, approachable, knowledgeable; I think he would make an excellent teacher.

For a man who wears a mask of neutrality most of the time, philosophy actually fires him up. I like that.

However, I’m the only person who talks to him about this stuff, and his lectures our talks can go on for hours. My philosopher king needs a philosopher court and country. The other night, I asked him something harmless — so harmless, I didn’t see this coming — and he took me on a wild ride through Descartes theory on God, Schrodinger’s cat, Heisenberg’s Principle, and the Higgs-Boson particle. He made all of these [really hard to understand] ideas somewhat understandable to me, though I barely survived.

Sometimes after we talk, all I want is a Danielle Steel novel and a giant hot dog. For balance.

The next time you see the Esq, ask him something about philosophy. He’ll be happier, you’ll be smarter, and I’ll have time to train for a hot dog eating contest. We all win.

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Written by sn0tteh

June 25, 2010 at 1:10 PM

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  1. The Philosopher King…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

    World Wide News Flash

    June 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM

  2. Serendipity. I was just reading about Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle YESTERDAY. I’d seen a variant of it described, in military terms, as the “Insurgent Principle” – said another way, “we know the enemy’s velocity and location, but not both”…

    Ross

    June 25, 2010 at 2:15 PM

  3. I want to have a salon at your house where The Esq tells us all about philosophy and Mr. McGee teaches us all about the Korean war.

    You and I can giggle and learn.

    Also, read Sophie’s World.

    Bangs McGee

    June 25, 2010 at 3:01 PM

  4. @Ross How random! The only Heisenberg I’d known up until this point was the one on Breaking Bad.

    sn0tteh

    June 25, 2010 at 5:46 PM

  5. @Bangs McGee YES. Yes, yes, yes, yes, and YES. Also, Sophie’s World was one of my favorite books, back in the proverbial day.

    sn0tteh

    June 25, 2010 at 5:46 PM


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