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By: Jocelynwonders

Page 1, Short skit - Dialogue of opposing views about knowledge.

DAVID FLAKE:     Knowledge for its own sake is what really matters.

BOB CARPENTER:     Pshaw. What's the use of knowledge if it doesn't get me a job?

FLAKE:     Yes. Lower levels of knowledge are useful. But the highest level of wisdom does not accomplish something and doesn't need to.

CARPENTER:     So, you're saying that my knowledge of carpentry is inferior to your liberal arts knowledge?

FLAKE:     True.

CARPENTER:     Well, it's no wonder that you're not working.

FLAKE:     Not working, though, gives me time to absorb knowledge from my experience of my surroindings.

CARPENTER:     How's that?

FLAKE:     For example, I learned yesterday that ginger root helped my friend get well after he became ill after lunch. On Friday, I noticed that my dog enjoys playing with the kittens next door. Also, I know all about black holes after my astronomy class at the university.

CARPENTER:     Why don't you think about what you can do with that knowledge. Apply it. For instance, why did the ginger root cure your friend?

FLAKE:     I don't know. And I don't want to know.

CARPENTER:     How can you apply what you know about your dog enjoying kittens? Your dog is special. Don't you know that?

FLAKE:     I haven't thought about that.

CARPENTER:     Well, think about it.

I learned long ago how to build houses and today many people live happily and warmly in the houses I have built. My knowledge of building gives me a good income. I support my wife and two kids because of my knowledge of building.

You can't even support yourself. So-called higher learning is impractical.

FLAKE: (Faints.)

CARPENTER: (Shakes Flake's shoulders until he revives.)     What's the matter with you? Aha! Did you eat today?

FLAKE:     N-n-no. I have no food.

CARPENTER:     Here's twenty dollars. Buy some supper. And take home a big doggy bag.


Based on an excerpt from A History of Philosophy, Copleston, Frederick, S.J., "The Metaphysics of Aristotle".


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