suburbaknght (suburbaknght) wrote,

Max and Me

Max Jaeger, international film star and inspiring hero of the Li Hai and indeed the entire Akashic Brotherhood, is in my room. He's standing by my bookshelf, drinking a diet coke and looking at the books.

Max: You should be writing your paper.

Me: I'm trying.

Max: No you're not, you're playing on livejournal and checking Hot or Not every ten minutes to see if you're rating's changed.

Me: So?

Max: You're a ten. In fact you are beyond a ten, you... you are the archetype of male beauty, the pinacle of human physical perfection. You, my friend, are an eleven. Satisfied? Now go write your paper.

Me: I don't have anything to write about.

Max: How about love? Or death? Birth? Beauty? These are topics that have inspired artists for millenia, I doubt they're exhausted now.

Me: It's a philosophy paper, Max, not a screenplay.

Max: They're all the same. What's the paper topic?

Me: "Consider how Aristotle’s analysis of being is analogous to his analysis of good (and substance to happiness)."

Max: How is his analysis of being analogous to his analysis of good and substance to happiness?

Me: They both follow the same pattern. Being is a potentiate of the Good just as substance is a potentiate to happiness.

Max: It is?

Me: Yes. Happiness is an actualization and it actualizes human beings, who of course, are made of substance. Good is an actualization, in particular the actualization of existence, and existence is a potentiate between happiness and the first potentiate, being. It's the same thing: potentiate one, potentiate two, actualization.

Max: So write that.

Me: That's not twelve-hundred words.

Max: Make it twelve-hundred words.

Me: Can't I do an outline on the plane?

Max: Do you want to fail this paper?

Me: Not particularly, but I don't really care about it.

Max: I hope you're sincere about that.
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