…as opposed to, say, food for thought. On food: my latest discovery is a rather inexpensive take-away salad bar at the local supermarket.
On appetite apparently, clearly carnivorous consuming digressionally detours dietarily to the obviously ominous omnivorous.
On thought: I’ve been rather religiously liberal in recent times. An old friend says it’s the difference between being spiritual and being religious, which does have a ring of something. Been pondering on a traditional Catholic part of the mass service, asking forgiveness for that “in my thoughts and in my words, in what I’ve done, and in what I’ve failed to do.” In my thoughts… an interesting concept, even outside of the theistic system into a broader question of morality.
How does what we think, by intent or by instinct (which itself is something to think about) balance off with the actual choices we make? Our choices in life carry obvious moral implications – do our thoughts really, and to what extent? Of course in many cases our thoughts are part of actions, even in the less direct – allowing continued bigoted thinking consciously or subconsciously can effect the actions or inactions of a surgeon who has to choose which patient to save – and so yes, what I’ve done, and what I’ve failed to do. Thought has moral and practical implications here.
There are grey areas, however. Say, that there’s a terrorist who’s being acquitted on a purely technical loophole. And you think that by gosh, it wouldn’t exactly be a global insult if some trucker with an 18-wheeler just happened to run him over by, ahem, accident. Let’s say that you were a trucker with an 18-wheeler, and you could actually achieve this with no worldly repercussions. But you choose not to, because murder is wrong. But you still think that you wouldn’t lose sleep if the next trucker decided otherwise. You almost wish that he did. Now, in that case, is that thought immoral? Say that the next trucker did exactly that. And you think, golly gee, good job! How about that?
And this is a rather clear example, I’m sure we all could think of murkier areas still. MTV leans towards possibilities here.
Perhaps it is really just a philosophical question. But… it’s food for thought after all.