Who is the author of life

  Sophie’s World (1991) is a philosophical history novel popular with teenagers. The book tells the story of the young girl Sid, the philosophy teacher Albert, the major and Sophie in a “box-style” narrative. The genius girl Sophie’s perception of philosophical thoughts made her gradually realize that she was trapped in the nib of others, and finally relied on the awakening of consciousness to resist and escape from the illusory realm, becoming her own master.
  Plato said, “Philosophy begins with wonder”. The curiosity and constant questioning of philosophy is exactly what Sophie has been doing in the book. The work embeds a series of philosophical issues into the entire history of philosophy, so as to run through a thread in the book. At the beginning of the novel, the author tells readers through the mouth of his philosophy tutor Albert that if we understand the “subject” of each philosopher, we will more easily understand his thoughts. One of the issues that Albert mentioned in his letters was the philosophical issue that people have been particularly concerned about for three thousand years, that is, “Who are you”, which guides Sufis in philosophical thinking. They started their discussions from Greek philosophy, which focused on the “origin of the world,” and then went on to discuss in depth the modern philosophy that turned from Renaissance philosophy to humanistic culture, and then to continental philosophy, which pursued rationalism. The seeds of rationality slowly entered Sophie’s mind Germination finally broke free from the cage of imprisonment and escaped the major’s manipulation.
Sophie’s World”

“Sophie’s World”

  The story begins when Sophie, who is about to turn 15, receives a mysterious letter after returning home from school. When she opens it, the question that greets her eyes is: “Who are you?” “Where did the world come from?” At the same time, She also received a quirky postcard from Lebanon, “Please send Sophie to Sid.” Since this day, Sophie has been receiving some very unusual letters, and every time she has to hide in a secret hole in the back garden to open the mysterious letter and understand the meaning of the text. The content of the letter ranges from the pre-Socratic philosophy on the shores of the Aegean Sea in ancient Greece, to the fire of wisdom that set off a prairie among the three masters and apprentices in Athens; from the long medieval period when theocracy was in power, to the Renaissance when human nature was revived; from the Enlightenment movement for human rights. Struggle, to the encyclopedia party’s promotion of reason… Strange things happened one after another: the magic mirror, the major’s cabin, a postcard to Sid, Albert called her Sid, a banana peel with birthday wishes, a dream The golden cross in the middle, the 10 yuan coin she picked up… Until one day, a dog named Hermes led her to a small cabin in the deep forest. After meeting Albert, the philosophy teacher, the world seemed to be unsolved. The mystery generally unfolds under her eyes.
  Under the guidance of his philosophy tutor Albert, Sophie began to think about the fundamental issues thought by the masters of philosophy. The inexplicable correspondence course continued, and the contact method changed again and again. Albert, the mentor in Sophie’s eyes, seemed to have known the reason for the incident, and took her to review the development of philosophy with simple and easy-to-understand brushstrokes. When Albert told Sophie about the philosophy of ancient Socrates, he subtly quoted Socrates once said that “the wisest man is the one who knows his ignorance” to enlighten Sophie, let her not stop thinking about the world around her. Follow up; when talking about Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, the philosophical thought of “I think therefore I am” and the attitude of skepticism about the world make Sufi think deeply about his own reason; when talking about Sartre’s existentialism, “I exist” More important than who I am” awakens Sophie to explore self-awareness and self-existence. After some exploration and pursuit of philosophical ideas, Sophie finally understood that she was just a fictional character created by a Norwegian major working in the United Nations Forces in Lebanon to celebrate her daughter Sid’s birthday. Creation is not real. Her mother who loves her, Albert who guides her, Joan who accompanies her, Little Red Riding Hood who knocks on the door, Little Bear who greets her, and Mad Hatter running… With Albert’s prompting, Sophie gradually realizes Knowing that he is only a character in the book, it is also part of the major’s consciousness. When all the nothingness is discovered, this fictional storyline is gradually broken, and the story begins to become real. After faithfully completing the tasks of her protagonist, Sophie and Albert begin a struggle against the major (God). With their efforts, the world of the book gradually becomes twisted, weird and unruly.

Justin Judd

  The book ends with an open-ended ending, with Albert and Sophie inexplicably escaping from the book and into the world where Sid lives. As described at the end of the novel, Sophie takes a wrench, jumps out of the car, walks to the swing, and stands in front of Sid and her father. She tried to attract Sid’s eyes, but it was unsuccessful, and finally she raised the wrench and tapped Sid on the forehead, causing Sid to feel pain. So Albert said: “Before they listened to us and we couldn’t see them. Now we listen to them and they couldn’t see us.”
Real, or fictional?

  As the protagonist in her world, Sophie couldn’t help but question her life while thinking: Am I real? Sophie envied Sid, because Sid was born a living, flesh-and-blood person. Under Albert’s philosophical reflections, Sophie leaps from a puppet at the mercy of a major to an awakened being. In the book, the major’s setting and creation of the plot, although only for Boschid’s laugh, has a lot of meaning. Take Sophie’s mother as an example: When Sophie just realized some profound philosophical issues, she always jumped out a few philosophical words from time to time, but she was doubted by her mother. She asked her mother more than once: “Will Socrates think like me? Will he also be absent-minded like me?” “Why do we live in this world?” And every time my mother answered the same thing : “Are you crazy?!” “Is this what you learned in school?!” “Oh my God, are you doing this again?!” “Is that Albert your boyfriend?! “Faced with the philosophical recollection, the existence of mother is like a basin of cold water in the Sufi world, more like the kind of people who are ups and downs in the world and stay in materialistic life in real life. Sufis, on the other hand, are people who constantly question, doubt, and love wisdom about the world.
  In the author’s opinion, the name of the protagonist “Sophie” by the novelist Jostan Judd is also quite meaningful. The English word “philosophy” is philosophy, which is derived from Greek and is a combination of the Greek words philia and sophia, which means “love of wisdom”. The name “Sufi” in the book comes from the Greek word for “wisdom”. Wisdom is the essence of philosophy, and life is the external meaning of philosophy. After Sophie experienced Albert’s philosophical reflections, she was always asking the world. In the small talk with Joan after school every day, she no longer likes children’s games as before, but pays more attention to thinking and asking about the world. It is not difficult to see that Sophie at this time has begun to realize the difference between herself and her good friend, and Joan also feels the change of Sophie’s rationality. At the final party, the novel introduces the boy Jeremy into Sophie’s world in absurd ways, and Joann and Jeremy’s intimacy is surprising and even puzzling. As Albert said, why don’t they? The various characters and their relationships in the book are set according to the major’s ideas, and only Albert and Sophie are clearly aware of the illusion of everything. At the party, when Albert told everyone the truth – “Our existence is only Sid’s birthday present, the major’s creation is only a philosophical enlightenment for his daughter, and even the Mercedes-Benz car at the door is worthless”, Joanne’s The father yelled, “This is nonsense!” Joann’s father even called Albert a “demagogue,” the kind that tries to undermine schools, churches, and all the “sound” values ​​we’re trying to instill in the next generation. the bad guy. As Plato’s “cave theory” said: in a cave, a group of people can only rely on the shadow of the stone wall cast by the fire to understand the appearance of the outside world. But one day, a man mustered the courage to walk out of the cave and saw the real world in the sun, which was a surprise. After this person discovered the truth, he returned to the cave and told others that when the shadow was just a form and an illusory thing, what he got in return was “a piece of nonsense” as Joan’s father said. The awakening of Sophie’s self-consciousness is not only based on the guidance of Albert’s philosophical thinking, but also her self-consciousness’s resistance and unyielding to the imposed will. Those who pursue the truth and seek the truth are sober and persistent people like Sophie, while those who are willing to be mediocre and obsessed with the illusory world like Sophie’s mother and Joann’s father will never get out of the “fictional”. The world, let yourself sink deep into the cave, and rely only on the projection on the rock wall and the writing on the tip of the pen of others to live this life.

  The film “The Truman World” (1998), directed by American director Peter Weir and starring Jim Carrey, is similar to “Sophie’s World”. The whole film seems to be based on humor, but it reflects a helpless and sad emotional color: Truman is the protagonist of a popular soap opera, everything around him is false, all his relatives and friends are actors, but he himself I don’t know anything about this, and I am still immersed in “happiness” and “happiness”. In the end, Truman stepped out of this virtual world at all costs. “If I don’t see you again, I wish you good morning, good afternoon, and good night.” This was the last sentence Truman said when he escaped from the fictional world. On the surface, Truman’s life seems to be ordinary, beautiful and harmonious, but in fact it is a live story controlled by a program group in a huge studio that does not conform to scientific laws. The English name of “Trumen” is true man (“true man”), which is also full of meaning. In the film, the director is responsible for setting all the links in the theater, including the control of the actors’ emotions, the corresponding movement, the fixed perspective and even the transmission of values. Both Sophie and Truman have achieved true free will through pursuit and exploration. The major’s setting and control, and the director’s call for wind and rain, all play the role of “God”. In real life, do we have the courage to break free like Sophie and Truman, or do we become numb and surrender to fictional fantasy like other characters? Undoubtedly, self-awareness and deliberation are the most important.
Sufi’s “Light of Reason”

  After Sophie said a simple goodbye to her mother at the 15th birthday party, she and Albert got into the secret hole, and everything went dark. Sid’s lecture ends here, but Sophie’s world has just begun. This shows that they escaped the Major’s story setting and the resistance was successful. After understanding the entire history of philosophy, Sophie became an independent subject with rational thinking and open consciousness, and was no longer a “protagonist” at the mercy of the major. The most commendable thing is that when Sophie learned the truth, she did not feel that everything had become vain and meaningless, but hoped to get rid of the intervention of this “creator”. Sophie’s escape from the Colonel’s book reminds us that no matter how weak we are, we must be fearless and strong and resist being manipulated. Philosophers have been exploring human nature, but for Sufis, the search for “who I am” or the “consciousness” of life is far less valuable and meaningful than being a truly free individual. Sophie’s Light of Reason is not only a wake-up call for the fictional characters in the book, but also a wake-up call for those who do nothing and don’t think in the real world.

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  As Sophie said, the world we live in is like a white rabbit pulled by a magician out of his hat, only because the rabbit is so huge that it takes billions of years for the trick to happen. All the creatures were born on the top of the rabbit’s fine hair, and they were all amazed at the incredible trick at first. However, as they get older, they dig deeper into the rabbit’s fur, where they feel so comfortable that they don’t want to risk climbing back to the fragile top of the rabbit’s fur. Those who are willing to stand at the top of the rabbit fur are not only philosophers, but also those who are unwilling to live in an illusory world and have the courage to pursue the truth; those who do not want to risk climbing back to the top of the rabbit fur are those who are willing to accept arrangements and enjoy the comfort. People who live worthless will eventually become dust in the ethereal. I think that only philosophers and wise men would embark on this “dangerous” journey to the top of what language and being can achieve. Some of them fell off, but others clinged desperately to the fur and yelled at those nestled deep in the comfortably soft fur, trying to awaken their sleeping hearts and dusty consciousness, like Able In this way, slowly guide Sophie to open the door of wisdom and reason.
  The plot of the whole novel is bizarre but interlocking, attracting people and generating infinite reverie. The famous philosopher Berkeley once said: “Do time and space exist absolutely or independently? Maybe our cognition of time and space is just a fictional product of our minds.” The author cannot help but ask here, Sufi The characters in the story were written and depicted by the major, and the life of the major and his daughter Sid was created by the writer Jostan, so does the story of our life or the entire human life really exist? In this three-layered “cassette” creation, do we have to be suspicious of everything uncertain, like the philosopher Descartes, or rely on the awakening of self-consciousness like Sophie and Truman What about the writers who rebelled against life?

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