Persons of the Dialogue
"Why do you never write anything, Director?"
"What? I write reports for work, emails to colleagues and friends - what most everyone writes."
"No, but I mean about something serious."
Director smiled. "You think I don't take work or friends seriously?"
Youth blushed. "No, I don't mean it like that. I mean why don't you write something about philosophy?"
"What's to write?"
"Oh, come on! You know more about it than anyone I know."
"Isn't philosophy to be lived, not written about?"
"Why not both? Writing is a part of living, after all."
"What good comes of writing about philosophy, or the plain writing of philosophy for that matter?"
"People can learn from you."
"What sort of people, and what will they learn?"
"Any sort of people who are genuinely interested in what you have to say. They will learn how to live."
"How to live?" Director laughed softly. "So dead people are my audience?"
"No, not the living dead. People who are alive but struggling. They will learn to live the philosophic life."
"And then their struggle will cease?"
"No, of course not. But you will help them get to a better place."
"What about people who are alive and thriving. They have no need for me and my writings?"
Nick Pappas, pappasnick.typepad.com