it's graduation time.
from time to time i find it an occasion to think about teachers who had great impact on my life.
and when i go there, like i did today, there is always one name that sits atop a rather small pile.
dr. thomas bridges.
he taught philosophy 101 at montclair state university.
more importantly he introduced me to thinking.
and while he probably would have preferred to be almost anywhere else but teaching an "intro" class to sleepy minds just trying to pick up three required credits of liberal arts, he carried on in painful fortitude and with great self-effacing wit.
and while i was so much more comfortable resolving triple variable differential equations, i willingly wrestled with sartre's play "no exit" and typed a required ten pages to answer the simple question, what did jean paul mean by "hell is other people".
and to think he had to read and grade thirty of these marvels.
it's a wonder he didn't hang himself by leaping off a stack of nietzsche's best.
anyway, i once wrote somewhere in this blog: "just when i think i have an answer to all this life stuff, i think some more and realize, i don’t have an answer, just a resting place."
that is what dr. bridges taught me and honestly, i'm a better person for it.
unfortunately he passed away four years ago.
too young for sure.
regrettably i never had a chance to thank him.
i feel bad about that.
do you have a favorite teacher?