http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/?zx=b5584de227c1b80e introduced us to the work of metaphysical poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and challenges us to pick a common metaphysical question and work on a thoughtful, poetical answer to it. There’s a link to a list of questions, from which I quote a few to illustrate my problem:-
What are properties? Are they universals, or tropes, or . . .?
Must anything that exists be completely determinate, or can there be vague objects?
Is there anything that is not part of the spatiotemporal world?
Can there be necessarily existent entities?
Can one make sense of a non-reductionist view of theoretical entities?
This is just to give you a flavour of the 57 complex questions.
A list of metaphysical questions
sends my brain a-whirling.
If I don’t understand the question,
how could I find an answer?
I’ve managed quite well without them
for three quarters of a century.
so I think I’ll leave it to others
with more wisdom to find the answers.
A simple soul am I,
with doubts and fears like everyone.
But if I delve into abstractions,
I won’t have time to live, so pooh to the answers.