Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Egotism? Egoism? Let's call the whole thing off!

Yesterday my 9-year old daughter, Lily, out of nowhere yelled out, "we're running out of an aesthetic!" At least I thought that's what she said. What she really meant was, "we're running out of anesthetic!" I'm still not completely sure why she said that (I think it was her idea of a joke having to do with my wife cutting a bag open with some scissors) but what I misheard sent me down the path that led to today's iPhone drawing. That and the fact that someone I've known my entire life recently called me an egotist as if that were the most obvious thing in the world.

Egotism: an excessive or exaggerated sense of self-importance.

Egoism: the doctrine that holds that individuals ought to do what is in their self-interest.

Art: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

Aesthetic: a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful.

Anesthetic: a substance that induces insensitivity to pain.