what shall we do with the drunken sailor love

what shall we do with the drunken sailor

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  • I didn't know this was an eternal question, but there are a whole lot of suggested answers here.

    August 18, 2008

  • No suggestion of a best answer, though, is there? :)

    August 18, 2008

  • *sigh* No. No, there isn't. Clearly, it's an eternal question open to endless debate.

    August 18, 2008

  • Well, if there was a clearly defined answer, it wouldn't be eternal, would it?

    August 18, 2008

  • Would it still be eternal if there were many clearly defined answers?

    August 18, 2008

  • They're not answers, though, they're just possible answers. So the question remains eternal because people are eternally trying to decide which of the 20 clearly defined answers is the most suitable.

    August 18, 2008

  • Oh, of course. That's what I'm asking, though. If you say "if there's a clearly defined answer, then it's not an eternal question," that means that no matter how many answers you have (one or many), it's no longer an eternal question, as long as the answers are clearly defined. Because the emphasis (the way I read it at least) is on "clearly defined."

    But if you mean for the emphasis to be on a, as in, only one single clearly defined answer can make this question not eternal, then of course you can't have many answers, no matter how clearly defined they are, or it's still an eternal question. With many possible answers.

    Have a cupcake?

    August 18, 2008

  • Clearly, I did not define my point well enough. The general gist of your second paragraph matches what I was saying: that in order for the label "eternal" to no longer apply, there must be one chosen answer, no matter how clearly that answer is defined.

    However, I would have to say that the word "answer" is an ambiguous one. Can the 20 candidates for the answer to the eternal question still be referred to as "answers"?

    Why thank you, my good bear. Don't mind if I do.

    August 18, 2008

  • We agree categorically on all matters, except, perhaps, whether the 20 (or any number) answers can be referred to as "answers" or perhaps, "possible answers," or "responses."

    Here, have another cupcake.

    August 19, 2008

  • nom nom nom.

    August 19, 2008