Theory of Knowledge was a college-prep level class I was required to take in high school. Suffice to say, grasping epistemology was difficult and frustrating at a time when even selecting a daily outfit was terribly confusing. But my teacher found a way, by using it as a language I totally understood: book nerd. The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All marries Tolkien’s original mythos and many tenants of philosophy—old, new, modern, introductory, and strange.
The first chapter has to do with Plato’s story of the shepherd Gyges, who also came upon a ring of invisibility and used it for immoral acts. Plato uses the story to explain the implications of power dynamics, choice, and morality when the threat of punishment is removed. Tolkien, of course, illustrated that struggle amongst the characters who interacted with the ring and their various reactions to it.
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If you’re sick of poems that go on and on or are too happy-go-lucky, then you’ll definitely enjoy the biting tone of Agostino Scafidi’s Fancy Pants Poetry. Unlike other poets, Scafidi’s pieces wield the art of sarcasm with a practiced expertise that will leave you feeling as if you’ve been verbally scalded. Dark humor runs rampant throughout his poetry as he muses on life’s bleak outlooks and cynically ponders the question “What is the point of the human experience?”
However, despite the often snarky nature of his poems, there’s also a sense of rebellion, and oddly enough, a feeling that despite life’s curveballs, there’s still a light at the end of the tunnel, if only we have the patience and courage to keep going. For example, he points out that even though we all desire to fit it, sometimes it’s a futile effort. Still, Scafidi is incredibly blunt in pointing out that some people aren’t ready to hear the truth and uses biting humor to showcase how foolish their efforts are.
Despite the sarcasm, Scafidi’s philosophical thoughts reveal the complexities of life and remind us that as long as we can laugh, even if we have to use dark humor, everything might work out in the end.
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