The Birth of a Philosopher

Erasmo Calzadilla

Previously, Luismi liked to philosophize in natural settings.

Luismi, who regularly sends in comments to Havana Times, has fallen captive at the feet of philosophy.  He began amusing himself with the play of opposites and tongue twisting paradoxes, but later doubt began gnawing at him.

Anguish and imbalance did not delay in appearing, but instead of feeling reduced, he furiously began searching for the solution to the system.  Thank God that stage has now been passed; he found out what solutions won’t work, and that’s even better, but he didn’t completely stop looking for one.

He also knows — and this calms me — that philosophy is not something that should be taken too seriously, nevertheless he recognizes that it’s one of the most serious problems he has run into.

I’m astonished with the ease, depth and enthusiasm with which this kid devours the classics.  No one would imagine him being some bitter guy taking refuge in books out of the fear of life; it’s no wonder that he includes among his teachers the author of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Now it wouldn't matter to him to be the philospher of McDonalds.

What worries me a little is that having broken like he has with common sense and the prison of social dogmas, Luismi might be committing some craziness that later on he’ll regret when the wave he’s riding isn’t the same height.

Since he has me as a friend and he listens a little to me, I’m working so that he appreciates “for himself” how awful it would be to put his wisdom at the service of the “establishment” or to try to turn himself into a tyrannical savant.  I can’t yet say that the success of this effort is guaranteed, but I continue to talk to him given the gentleness with which this Cuban from Bahía, Havana steers his new home toward the “West.”

Erasmo Calzadilla

Erasmo Calzadilla: I find it difficult to introduce myself in public. I've tried many times but it doesn’t flow. I’m more less how I appear in my posts, add some unpresentable qualities and stir; that should do for a first approach. If you want to dig a little deeper, ask me for an appointment and wait for a reply.



One thought on “The Birth of a Philosopher

  • Does the second foto of Luismi reveal that he’s already made it up to Yuma-land? or have McDonalds now begun opening in Cuba? Incidentally, I was once chased across a cane field by a friend waving a machete at me (I’m sure it was in jest) for merely quoting to her the Nietzcanism that “One must approach a woman with a box of chocolates in one hand–and a whip in the other!”

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