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Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
June 20: Holocaust
After two hours of predicate logic before breakfast, I met Gaya in the dining room. “Come, I want to show you something” she said as we started our morning walk. She led the way, alongside the southeast border of Edam. It was a street I didn’t walk before, as it seemed to be leading nowhere. We walked in silence. I was thinking about possible topics of conversation, when we passed a small triangular cage, about two meters long, one meter wide, and knee-high. In it was a black and white rabbit. It was eating the grass that grew on the cage’s floor. I have seen quite a few similar cages in other streets of Edam. I asked: “What do you think about this?” Gaya looked at the caged rabbit, and said: “Do you want to talk about it?” I smiled; “You sound like a psychiatrist.” “I am” she replied. “You are?” My question mark must have been very accented; she seemed amused; “What is so hard to believe? Did any of our conversations imply the contrary?” Why was I surprised again? Gaya seemed perfectly equipped to be an excellent psychologist. “Are you a doctor?” She replied: “I have a Ph.D. in psychology. Hardly a cause for wonder.” I returned to the rabbit; “Yes, I want to try to talk about it. Let me see if I can see things your way. This rabbit was born in captivity. Its world does not include physical freedom. It does not miss it, because for it, it does not exist. And regarding my attitude to the situation, there is nothing I can do about it. I will only get the rabbit killed if I turn it loose. Therefore, I do not feel sorry for the rabbit. There is nothing to feel sorry about.”
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