Every last Thursday of the month we have our company meeting followed by our evening out to some cafe nearby.
Escaping the stress of work and all those daily never-ending pursuits, this gathering always proves to be a fine opportunity to get to know one's fellow workers as the normal folks they were always meant to be.
Much beer and other stuff are consumed, but that is alright because it loosens the mind and inspires ones many garbled words to new heights.
Take for example the philosophical conversation I had with our future-famous product manager. Theme of the discussion centered on the differences between a tautology and an oxymoron.
First of all we had to agree upon what the heck those academic terms actually mean, and then once we kind of figured that out it didn't help much anyway to improve the level of discussion.
An oxymoron is a rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.
A tautology is an empty or vacuous statement composed of simpler statements in a fashion that makes it logically true whether the simpler statements are factually true or false; for example, the statement Either it will rain tomorrow or it will not rain tomorrow.
The truth of the matter is that these two academic terms actually have very little to do with one another, but for the sake of inspired conversation and getting to know one another better it really doesn't matter very much now does it?
When I stood up to leave so that I could catch the last train back home, my philosopher friend challenged me to add an entry in my so-called web log about this heightened conversation of ours.
So here you go, thanks.
(Sorry if I do not drink alcohol like most 'normal' people. So please kind folks reframe from bugging me about it anymore. Thanks alot in advance for respecting me for who I am.