There was a Jesuit who was on the witness stand once after witnessing a crime and the defense lawyer was hammering away at his testimony. “Are you certain you saw this? Are you certain you saw that?”
After a while, the Jesuit replied, “Look buddy, I teach philosophy. Some days, I’m only 50 percent certain I exist.”
Source: Fr Richard G. Malloy, Being on Fire,
(Orbis Books, 2014) page 21
“Most of us don’t suffer the philosopher’s malaise. We know we are here. We know we are the person we were yesterday. None of us really think we are living a dream. We know. We know that we know. To say I don’t know would mean that I, at least, know that—that I don’t know. Therefore to claim one doesn’t know is self-refuting. Even to say you don’t know proves you’re a knower.” (Richard G. Malloy, Being on Fire, pages 21-22)
A group of lions in a zoo, suffering grievously from their imprisonment, formed themselves into various groups. There was the patriotic group: these would meet very often and sing sad songs about their jungle home; nostalgia was their specialty. Then there was the political group whose meetings were always so noisy that you had the impression they were good for something. And then there were a few groups whose interest was entertainment; their aim was to distract themselves from their predicament. But there was one lion who refused to join any of these groups. He would sit in front of the gate and stare straight ahead all day. the others thought him anti-social and depressed, and they stopped inviting him to join their groups. One day, out of pity, one of them sat down beside him and asked gently, “What goes on in your poor sad mind as you sit all day staring?”
“I’m studying the lock.” he replied.
Source | Donaugh O’Shea OP, In a Fitful Light. Conversations On Christian Living
(Dominican Publications, 1994 ) pages 128-129
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- The lone lion, a philosopher lion! Was he not the only practical animal in the whole zoo?