BurryTalk column by Graham Davies
PEOPLE have grappled for many years with the important philosophical question about why the chicken crossed the road.
Plato thought it was for the greater good, and Karl Marx believed it was an historical inevitability, whereas Socrates thought we should question the chicken unceasingly while it made its journey.
What I like about Socrates is that he went about irritating those in power . When he asked them difficult questions he found out that they actually knew very little.
Socrates is regarded as one of the founders of Western philosophy because of his method of digging for the truth by question after question in dialogue.
One of my roles as an education adviser in Cardiff was to set up in schools a programme of Philosophy for Children (P4C). Children are fantastic philosophers when they are given the right tools to think, question, listen and reflect.
In Burry Port and Pembrey schools, P4C is a part of the curriculum. Pembrey head Helen Jacob enthuses about P4C sessions which "challenge our children and develop their communication skills through debate, discussion, listening and turn-taking".
Burry Port head Alison Williams places great value on P4C since it "helps our pupils to speak clearly, listen carefully and to solve problems".
Adults in Burry Port will soon get a chance to become philosophers with the revival of Hot Potato, a discussion programme organised by the Christian Forum. It will take place on the first and third Friday of the month at the Yacht Club, starting on November 1.
The idea is to discuss some hot topics of spiritual, social and moral interest. Why not join me for the first one.
Of course Socrates was tried and poisoned because of impiety (not honouring the Greek gods) and corrupting the youth (encouraging them to think for themselves). Oops, looks like we're all for the hemlock.