The Wonder Wheel

| September 26, 2010
Wonder Wheel, Coney Island

The Wonder Wheel, Pinhole Photograph | Chris Moffett 2007

Plato famously affirms that philosophy begins with wonder. This strikes me as at least revisionist. The comment of an old philosopher reminiscing on distant beginnings. Even if one imagines arche less as “beginning” than “principle.” Are we to believe that philosophy is really so dreamy eyed?

And is not this aspect of philosophy, at least, the secret dream that drives even our most pragmatic educational endeavors? So that today, even as we correct our student’s math word problems, we must imagine it as part of a wondrous gift. Even, or especially, if we feel otherwise.

Jadedness or wonder, are these are options? And what if we were to look past beginnings?