Rory’s acquaintance Earlier on this week I had a bit of a bizarre conversation with my friend Rory. Now my day started out much like any other, I had managed to drag myself out of bed just in time to catch the rush hour traffic at 7:30 (my favorite past time) only to result in me being very late for my 8 o’clock lecture. As I sat for half an hour in the frozen traffic I decided to chill out to some Bob Marley tracks and by the fifteenth song I eventually pulled up onto campus. Disillusioned about missing yet another 8 o’clock lecture that week I heard a cheerful greeting from my friend Rory who was as late as I was for his lecture. We contemplated being diligent and catching the last twenty minutes of our lectures despite our tardiness, but that thought soon passed and we opted for coffee in the cafeteria. As we sat down Rory began to enlighten me on the rather bizarre experience he had the previous morning.
Rory was up particularly early the previous day because he was writing a philosophy test and wanted to revise the concept of Descartes ‘Cartesian circle,’ a concept he was particularly struggling to wrap his head around. As he was meandering his way up to campus he was pondering all he had read on the topic, when out of nowhere one of our friendly campus squirrels appeared on the garden path in front of him. As he was about to side step the bushy tailed creature he heard a voice say, “Why so deep in thought dude?” Rory looked round about but saw no one and so continued to walk on, but again heard someone say “What’s on your mind guy?” Thinking it may be Corné and Twakkie he surveyed the area again, Rory then looked down only to see that it was none other than the bushy tailed creature who had directed these questions at him. Now Rory, being the rather daft guy that he is, proceeded to tell the squirrel what preoccupied his mind. At this point of the story I stepped in, ‘Good gracious Rory could you be Dr. Doolittle?’ he ignored my sardonic remark and continued.
After telling the squirrel about the test he was about to write and the dilemma he had in understanding a particular concept the squirrel attempted to explain to him that it was all rather simple and that Descartes seemed to be committed to two different priorities. He told Rory to consider that if we clearly and distinctly perceive some proposition p, then it is true that p. And he abbreviated this to (CDp –> Tp), reading that if p is clear and distinct (‘CD’), then it is true (‘T’)…and I forget the rest of what Rory said because at this point I out rightly asked him if he was stoned? Annoyed he simply said that if it weren’t true then how was it possible that he aced his test? Recognising this was a rhetorical question I decided it would be best not to try and be a smart-ass and answer it. Plus at this point i caught myself hoping that I would run into a squirrel that was accomplished in the art of law, seeing exams were approaching soon.
It’s supposed to, because what is even more ludicrous is that I had a very real conversation with a friend earlier this week who told me that he believed that the gospel may very well be true and that he thought it was amazing that Jesus would die for sinners, but that it just wasn’t for him. This not only saddened me but I thought it was utterly ludicrous to turn down the free gift that God offers through Jesus Christ.