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2016年6月16日 星期四

Philosophers never die (哲學家永不死)

Summer is a peculiar season. It seems teeming with life. After the sweltering heat, there'll always be cooling showers, or even thunder storms.



Plants love the rapid switches.



They bloom


on trees
 
on shrubs.


The storms struck down some of the flowers

 
They lie calmly on the ground


Even "heroes" can't expect to be spared.
In the past fortnight, one philosopher left this world forever and another retired from active teaching. The one who left us forever is Dr. Liu Shu-Hsien (劉述先). The one who retired is Dr. Kwan Tze-Wan (關子尹). Both taught not just philosophy. They showed us what it means to live not just as a brain in a body but as a heart throbbing with love and concern for those who wish to follow in their footsteps. They taught us what it means to live like a human being: curious, indefatigable, studious, steady. quietly calm and ever humble before the immensity of the universe and complexities of the human mind and human emotions.


They may be gone. Their lessons will survive .