Life Philosophy (with Chipped Paint)

23 October 2019 – A still-sturdy railing, with seriously chipped paint.

It wears a very small white sticker.

Come closer. Pay attention.

I pat the rail, chipped paint and all, with my steadied hand.


Philosophy on the Street

27 June 2016 – I have this weaknesses for signs, or, at least, short messages on walls and garage doors. The people’s philosophy, yes?

Sometimes, said People simply latch onto an existing, official sign.

For example, this stern, and very 21st-c., reminder of unacceptable behaviour — even in the wide=open spaces of the Humber Arboretum.

in Humber Arboretum

Get out your little pen-knife, find the next example of that sign, and express your own, more permissive philosophy instead.

in Huber Arboretum

Phyllis & I are impressed by the attention to detail. Any old knife-wielder could have thought to scratch out the word “No.” It took further imagination, we agree, to remove both the forbidding cross-bar in the image, and — especially — the “g” in “smoking.” Gives it the appropriately casual, cavalier air, don’t you think?

Jump to last Saturday, when AGO volunteer colleague Chloe & I are prowling the lanes & alleys very roughly in the College/Queen/Ossington area. Lots of new street art to be seen, much of it being created as we walk by, because Saturday is the last day of Toronto’s “Love Letter to the Great Lakes” international street art festival.

More of that next post, I promise.

Meanwhile, back to Philosophy on the Street, as neatly written on alley walls & doors.

There is the Existential Dilemma category …

alley in Parkdale

and the Moral Imperative category (subset, Specific Applications) …

alley in Parkdale

and the straight-out, all-purpose Moral Imperative …

alley in Parkdale

and, alas …

alley in Parkdale

the reminder of Ultimate Fate.


    "Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking" -- Antonio Machado (1875-1939)

    "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" -- Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

    "A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities" -- Rebecca Solnit, "Wanderlust: A History of Walking"

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