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California Dreaming

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I usually just try to stay out of the LA area, but that’s hard to do when flying into LAX..............

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Imago

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Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity – but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our “biography,” our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… 

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Big Thoughts

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Good story. If it was made up or amended I don’t want to know. I like it just the way it is.......

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ACT IV: DEBATE

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Ah. And why not?

PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Paradovsky gave me his invitation and told me to…

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I don't understand. Are you a member of the philosophy department?

PHILOSOPHY

No, actually, I'm a sophomore in high school. I just had some questions about some, uh, you know, stuff, so I went to see Dr. Paradovsky and he…

MODERATOR

You're in the tenth grade?

PHILOSOPHY

(brisk cadence, youthful lilt)

Well, yeah, uh… so I read this thing by Plato, the philosopher guy, and he said, like, how can we know if we're really standing here talking, or if we're actually asleep and just dreaming the whole thing, so that got me thinking, and the more I thought about it the more I wasn't sure. So then I asked my homeroom teacher some questions that I thought were pretty simple, but she called me a smartass and said I should go to the university with my questions. So I did! I went to the philosophy department and I was following Dr.

Paradovsky around asking my questions, but I don't think he wanted to talk to me. And then his secretary reminded him that he had this debate on his schedule so he handed me his invitation and told me to go. He said I was a very annoying child and that this was the right place for me. I thought I'd just be in the audience, but when they saw the invitation they put me up here.

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Jolly Punches

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There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody’s expense but his own. However, nothing dispirits, and nothing seems worth while disputing.He bolts down all events, all creeds, and beliefs, and persuasions, all hard things visible and invisible, never mind how knobby; as an ostrich of potent digestion gobbles down bullets and gun flints. And as for small difficulties and worryings, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker..............

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