Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course


Philosophically Pondering Chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get

~Forrest Gump

“Philosophy is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”

ever since I saw the iconic 1994 film Forrest Gump, and the scene where the not quite so late Mr Gump innocently says “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” the early Daniel Caballero (back in the day) heard this quote, it’s gotten lodged in his head all these years, until the not so early Mr Brian Jackson (present day) assigned this assignment, where in i’m supposed to stand infront of you all and recite this half baked idea that truthfully I only chose  because i thought it was funny, but upon further, albeit forced, reflection; this analogy although oh so blatantly ripped off, actually kindof has some legs to stand on? Potentially? Well we’re about to see, and even if at the end of all of this I dont manage to impress you, at the very least I hope I can mildly entertain Mr Jackson to the point where he gives me atleast a solid B..?

Websters dictionary defines Philosophy as: the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc, also too a particular set of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc, and lastly  a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live. Now you might be sitting there thinking to yourself, goddamn, this is pretty deep and this guy thinks it’s a good idea to compare this vast and complex science to a box of chocolates? Yeah right… Wrong, I’m not comparing philosophy to a literal box of chocolates, saying things like, the caramel filled ones, represent how inside we’re all filled with wonderment, and the coconut ones signify the hardships we have to endure to get to the good stuff, and the ones that kindof taste like off brand kit kats (the one with like, the little wafery insides) signify how we all seek out the best and in the end get let down because they’re not kit kats, rather just, bland chocolate covered wafers; no, I’m here to talk about the idea, that is the box of chocolates

Now picture this, you wake up one morning, sun streaming into your room, you slowly pick your head up, realizing that it’s already 1.. You proceed to wake up, begrudgingly pulling yourself out of bed, and start hobbling towards the kitchen, from the distance you see something peculiar on the kitchen table, walking over to it, you realise, it’s a box of chocolates, mint condition, no dents, scrapes, unopened, like it came from the factory and tenderly placed on your kitchen table, your heart starts to race, and your mind starts wonder “What is in that box!? What flavors, shapes, sizes, textures await me?!” That’s actually a pretty accurate representation of how i felt signing up to take philosophy 12. Having never taken anything remotely similar to philosophy before, i was completely and utterly clueless as to what this course had to offer me, I just took it because it was either this, or biology, the choice was pretty obvious, granted when signing up i didn’t really take into account the “flavors, shapes, sizes, and textures” of the class and students, assuming that it would make for awkward first impressions but the principle, it remains the same

I find for me personally the best part about a box of chocolates and philosophy is the mystery, you never know what you’re gonna get! There’s a reason the box isn’t transparent, where’s the surprise in that? Much like Schrodinger cat however with less dead felines there’s a chance that this box of chocolates (or classroom) could be the very best, or the very worst decision i’ve ever made. Straying away from the box of chocolates briefly, I’ve found that every single day, I’m eager (much like the box of chocolates) to get into this class room,

i find that this class is really allowing me to break into that mysterious part of my head that before this wasn’t really tapped into, much like in Platos cave, i feel enlightened, thinking about  life in a way that, before this, wouldn’t have even considered, not to mention the fact that not only am i tapping into a part of my own thoughts, but rather the thoughts of other students in this class, I find that’s where the variety of the metaphysical box of chocolates plays a roll, with so many different points of views, thoughts, ideas, notions, and analogies, i really am getting a grasp of what philosophers such, Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates were getting at, ideas, philosophical epiphanies would occur in their own space, however to really put said epiphanies to the test, they would talk to their friends, mentors, teachers, people they could trust to give them a honest response, and honestly i think that it’s really cool, how philosophy is such a communal thing, huh, i guess this ideal wasn’t so half baked after all?



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