On Good Guys and Bad Guys

I believe that my daughter Anya, who just turned five, may turn out to be a philosopher. (I know, there isn’t much money in philosophy, but the thought does warm my heart.) I base this suspicion on something she said the other night while she, I, and her six-year-old brother Solomon were setting up for a massive Playmobil battle. She was building a castle out of blocks and Solomon was arranging the Playmobil knights and pirates. The three of us were deciding who was going to play “the bad guys” and who would play “the good guys.”

That’s when Anya asked her excellent question: “Do ‘bad guys’ call ‘good guys’ ‘bad guys?’”

Doesn’t this look like the face of a philosopher?

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  1. egretman says:

    Solomon is philosopher only in name
    Little Anya is better at playing that game
    As a father try to keep it in perspective
    Try to stay at least a little bit objective
    One kid may be classically brilliant
    One may go on to make light bulbs resilient
    But even if they be of your very own genes
    And you provide for them within your means
    That doesn’t mean you get all of the credit
    Maybe your wife is the genius, get it?

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  2. egretman says:

    Solomon is philosopher only in name
    Little Anya is better at playing that game
    As a father try to keep it in perspective
    Try to stay at least a little bit objective
    One kid may be classically brilliant
    One may go on to make light bulbs resilient
    But even if they be of your very own genes
    And you provide for them within your means
    That doesn’t mean you get all of the credit
    Maybe your wife is the genius, get it?

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  3. bmc says:

    That is sound perspective; children are the best.

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  4. bmc says:

    That is sound perspective; children are the best.

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  5. MM01 says:

    The face of Saddam Hussein pops out in my mind. I guess he believed he was a good guy, in the almost same sense as good guys believe they are good guys. And what was your answer, Stephen?

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  6. MM01 says:

    The face of Saddam Hussein pops out in my mind. I guess he believed he was a good guy, in the almost same sense as good guys believe they are good guys. And what was your answer, Stephen?

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  7. shtikl says:

    Beautiful picture. She seems more like a dancer than a philosopher to me. A dancing philosopher maybe.

    BTW: How old is the picture? Is it spring where you are? (Guessing from the petals on the ground.)

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  8. shtikl says:

    Beautiful picture. She seems more like a dancer than a philosopher to me. A dancing philosopher maybe.

    BTW: How old is the picture? Is it spring where you are? (Guessing from the petals on the ground.)

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