I just finished watching the 5th season’s finale of “Dexter” — a show about a serial killer who sanctifies his murderous temperament with a vigilante commitment. Tears clouded my eyes during the ending. The show was packed with philosophy. I could tell you the final philosophical points of the show but they would be empty. It was all the silly details of each murder, each experience of Dexter and of all his relationships in previous shows that gives the philosophy meaning and substance. The words of the philosophy would seem hollow compared to those.
When we discuss our philosophical positions, we often forget that they are naked without our personal history — I contend that they are meaningless without them. Words, ideas, thoughts and such are tools we use in our relationships to others and our selves. It is that network of relationships that is the substance of philosophy, not the ideas. The ideas are mere clothing.
When people declare that the parts are greater than the whole, they are absolutely right because the sum is the parts PLUS all the relationships.
I started a bunch of posts here on Triangulations describing my experience and thoughts on “Reincarnation”, “Violence” and “Suicide”. My intent was to show all the complex experiences that feed my position and thus draw attention to the fact that a position is naked without the experiences. I hope to finish them some day and illustrate the point of the post. Meanwhile, hours and hours of Dexter did that superbly. I don’t recommend the show, even though I enjoyed it. It is sick, after all. But I am using it to illustrate my point here that the substance of philosophy is relationships — Yuan.
Question to Readers: Do you have any philosophical/political/theological positions that you know are naked in the sense that I described above?
Note: Dexter, for now, can be watched free at Free TV.