The other afternoon I awoke from my customary nap with a thought: has anyone ever used the words “inextricably” and “intertwined” separately? Or are they inextricably intertwined and thus an instance of themselves?
This thought led me to a distinction between (1) inextricably intertwined words and (2) lonely words, words that can, but need not, be paired with others.
This distinction led me, in turn, to another question: is the phrase “inextricably intertwined” inextricably intertwined with any other word or phrase? Why not? Would that be making too much of a bad thing?
Now, according to the popular definition of philosophy, one must ask: are the above ruminations an instance of philosophy? Or are they merely the kinds of wacky questions that intrigued Lewis Carroll, the logician, writer of juvenile literature (e.g. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), and suspected pedophile?
Are philosophical questions wacky?
And what is so bad about wacky questions?
One could look at the entire history of civilization as the history of wacky questions leading to wacky answers. I can think of no examples, possibly because any question one can think of would be wacky.