Aristotle and the Stars
umair haque

Your writing is fine and arresting, and I applaud you. But your take on philosophy, excuse me, seems a little more than ‘wishful thinking’. I mean, those uplifted beings of future, who have looked into and solved all aspects of happiness, not just of a brain’s neural net, but of any mind (ie. a complex system, capable of receiving inputs through any number of ‘sense organs’, process them, have ‘emotions’ in any number of dimensions, with freely varying correlations, and react — through their output channels, or ‘limbs’), why would they start roaring and shouting and hissing — like barbaric men of the 21st century and behind, and be enraged in general, after becoming ‘perfectly happy’? It is another thing that they may have abandoned the notion of ‘happiness’ as a goal during their quest to master it, but, hypothetically, having solved the problem altogether, and having decided to pursue it still, why would they be making trivial logical errors, and be distressed by it, when they have conquered all knowledge about mind and its thoughts (thus, logic)? Is it not more plausible that you wanted them to be the villains of your story, and be defeated (albeit by such contradictory means)?

It would have been more intriguing if Aristotle had said: — ‘Sorry, but I cannot be happy even in your universe, for I cannot be happy until I have solved the last problem of philosophy!’

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