Very sweet:

Your Thoughts?

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Richard Wade

    Oh I loved this! I cried and cried. (I cry very easily.) I was cheering for the protagonists, and cursing the forces that would tear them apart, and I gasped when it looked as if one or both would die with their love unfulfilled, and I cried happily for the happy ending.

    Is this the Basic Plot? The Fundamental Story? The dramatic situation of the 36 possible that we identify with the most, and recognize most readily? The love that should be easy and simple made difficult and complicated by outside and intrusive forces, and then a terrible struggle that brings the lovers closer than they would have been otherwise?

    I wonder if there is something built into us that makes us so instantly sympathetic to lovers in a struggle. Even if we have not ourselves had such a struggle, we very easily can empathize, and we cannot resist cheering for and caring about the lovers.

    I wish an easy journey for all lovers, even though it often is difficult. Emma and Paul are very lucky to know each other.

  • John Morales

    My thoughts?

    Someone wasted a notepad.

    (Also, I wasted several minutes)

  • Camels With Hammers

    As always it’s a pleasure to read what Richard has to say and a displeasure to read what John has to say. And I’m quite certain both want it exactly that way.

    • John Morales

      I find your certitude surprising and dismaying.

      As I displease you so, and you take such a dim view of my desires, I feel the need to ask: Do you wish for me to cease commenting here?

    • Camels With Hammers

      Really? You really don’t realize how regularly negative you are around here?

      But to answer your question, no, I don’t wish you to cease commenting. There’s a place in the world for contrarians, tomato throwers, and cynics. I may not always find it pleasant but I am proud of the fact that my comments sections are places where smart people challenge me vigorously rather than always pat me on the back. It’s the way a truly philosophical and rigorous blog must be if it is to be worth reading and (on my end) worth writing.

      So, far be it from me to be too thin-skinned for my critics or to drive them away with hostility. But I’m not above needling you back on occasion. :)

    • John Morales

      Thank you.