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September 28, 2007

The Love Of Wisdom

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Greg Kelly

The Love of Wisdom

Every day we are faced with philosophical questions. Some questions are small, such as: what is the right thing to do when an unwanted religious proselytizer knocks on your door? And big questions like: how should we approach the painful finality of death?

Lani Roberts teaches philosophy at Oregon State University. She wrestles with everyday problems of right and wrong, and happens to believe that it is okay to lie to the unwelcome person knocking on her door. Yet she loves the ideal of truthfulness, and in fact reminds Dick that the word 'philosophy' means 'the love of wisdom.'

Lani began her doctoral studies of philosophy when she was nearly 40, very shortly after the life-jarring experience of her mother's death. This summer, she was at the bedside of her sister as she passed away from cancer. Philosophy, she concludes, isn't about answers, but about enhancing the mystery of why we're here.


Jan Williams' grandfather, Pa-Pa, saved a wounded rooster chick and named him Billy. The two developed a bond. Pa-Pa taught him tricks and Billy would wait on the fence everyday for Pa-Pa to come home for lunch. On the day Pa-Pa died, Billy stayed on the fence, waiting.

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