Dear Jonny, Idiot Philosophers?
Why do so many idiots who major in philosophy think that drinking a few beers while out on the town turns them into Socrates?
Excellent question. Probably because they find that mimicking the worldviews of their favorite philosophers gets them approval from others who have done the same. But smoking expensive clove cigarettes and drinking stout ales in smoky dive bars while thumbing through a copy of “Beyond Good And Evil” and going on frenzied, alcohol-fueled rants about how their addiction to sex and art is keeping them from passing Kierkegaard’s aesthetic stage of personal development, leaves them looking more like cookie cutter jackasses than people worth listening to. Look at it this way: If Socrates represents Coca-Cola, then the modern day Nietzsche-regurgitating bubble gum philosophers who want to play bar stool Socrates (without drinking the hemlock) are all Sam’s Choice colas; generic rip-offs that appear similar and are worth less. Very rarely do you find the real thing.