All around the world people are up in arms at the inauguration and presidential foreplay of Donald Trump, and scratching their heads and saying – how did this happen?
I’ll tell you how it happened in two words: Harry Potter.
The philosopher Nagel famously asked what it might be like, to be a bat. Similarly, we might wonder at the philosophical problem faced when we try to posit ourselves in the mind of a homicidal, psychopathic, two biscuits of batshit for breakfast type of guy, who goes on a beachside rampage with an automatic rifle.
We were standing in a queue at Intermarché. Outside the weather was very cold and blustery. The queue was the first long queue we had ever experienced in our time in rural France, and the locals were enjoying it. It gave them an opportunity to chat. With the cold outside it almost felt like Christmas. I was wondering what it might be like, to be burned alive.