Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Non-Thinker

I was searching the Web for an image that would represent philosophy. One image that came up was that of the statue 'The Thinker' (Le Penseur, 1902) by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). So, I did a search for images of The Thinker as well. I happened upon this cartoon of 'The Non-Thinker'. Poor fellow.

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The 'Non-Thinker' probably represents a lot of people. Those I used to see on the train stuck in the repetitive commute to and from the office everyday. It is not necessarily their fault. They get into a rut without realising it. If and when they do realise their condition, it's too late. Socrates (fl. 5th Century BCE) said that 'The unexamined life is not worth living'. Perhaps, if more people took hed of the picture painted by W.H. Davies (1871-1940) in his poem Leisure (1911) they might take steps to rectify their plight.

Addendum 20th Jan 2017:
For much more on Rodin, visit the August Rodin page at Artsy.