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I always knew I was a hobbit

Or suspected it, at least. Ever since reading the first chapter of The Hobbit, in which Baggins is confronted with an unexpected party (making for the most awkward Wednesday he ever remembered), which is one of the funniest things I have ever read – mostly because it is exactly how I would react: head in hands, wondering what had happened and what was going to happen and wanting to hide behind the beer-barrels in the cellar and not come out again until they had all gone away… But it wasn’t until I went into the woods on a particularly gloomy day and wandered off by myself that I discovered that I have more in common with Baggins than I thought…

The philosopher’s hut

As an analytic philosopher, I was taught that the key to writing philosophy can be found in Hemingway’s quote: “Know how complicated it is, then state it simply.” If there is one thing that philosophers have a hard time doing it is precisely that. Most philosophical texts are riddled with jargon. That is, obscure and often pretentious language marked by circumlocutions and long words. I found most of it unintelligible. It’s true what Philipa Foot said, ask a philosopher a question and after he or she has talked for a bit you don’t understand your question anymore. I am no longer a scholar, for as Winnie-the-Pooh once said: “It didn’t seem the right thing to do on a sunny day.” These days I sit quietly in my hut and listen to nature. My philosopher’s hut might not be an actual tree hut, but it is a hut among trees and that’s all I could ever wish for.