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Steal This Meme: On the Bottle

Steal this meme. I did. Philosophy is theft.

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A photo a day keeps the Doctor in play.

Waiting for the school bus one morning last week, my granddaughter made shadow puppets on the sidewalk, passing time. “Woodpeckers,” she said. In the cant of morning sun, her woodpeckers made her whole shadow look like a praying mantis to me.

The shadowplay, in the fruitful decay of my aging brain, threw shade on the Euthyphro dilemma.  Standing in the sunshine by a beautiful child, my mind wanders in its own shadows. “Is the pious (τὸ ὅσιον) loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?” asks Socrates. The piety of the praying mantis is pious to the gods. Gods love the mantis.

Bonus mantis:

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