Philosopher, Jay Warren Clark in photo above, conducts the Philosophy Café every second Tuesday of the month in Concho, Arizona.
By Kareena Maxwell
I took two philosophy classes in college and as a communications major it was the perfect infusion of how to listen to what someone else was thinking. With topics like ‘just’ and ‘good’ a seamless match to my idealistic thinking I was on a roll. I took notes and imagined a world where we could talk to each other and keep the conversation flowing without judgment, be respectful, and keep an open mind that perhaps we can meet on common ground where life could be so much better for all of us.
On a recent Tuesday evening I met up with Jay Warren Clark who would like for us to talk to each other. The retired Philosophy and Religious Studies Professor sat at the Bull Market Café in Concho as the participants walked over to his table. He was sharp with the generous presence of an accomplished philosopher who asked questions to engage us. He repeated the questions in a rephrase way with clarity and listened as one-by-one the group contributed to the opening topic, ethics and trust. The discussion went forward with the possibility that what we perhaps wanted to do was to define the theme with other ideologies of self-governing modes of behavior like, “do no harm,” or “global behaviors that result in death, internal and external, the existence of consciousness, or what is nature? Viktor Frankl and his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” was mentioned as a deeper way of living with horrific conflicts, and in the case of Frankl he was a concentration camp survivor from Auschwitz.
Mr. Clark mentioned the principles of philosophy by Aristotle and as I reflected a day later on the way the evening’s meeting went, I went back and researched and found that a good interpretation of the discussion would be Principle #3, “The Mean” by Aristotle, where “Moral thinking is steeped in sharp dualities: Good v evil, God v Satan, and right v wrong.” The goal to talk to each other, to listen, to share and no matter what to be tolerant to the way others think flowed that evening from the Philosophy Café at the Bull Market in Concho.
I believe it’s most likely true that if we speak to each other, and not at each other, the world we share could be a better place to live. A communications concept that is thousands of years old is like new with Mr. Clark and his gentle way of embracing a philosophical discussion prompted by the words: Ethics and trust.
The Philosophy Café meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm, at the Bull Market, #7 County Road 5100, Concho, Arizona 85920.