August 12, 2014
Back in the 1960s Jonathan Winters was one of the most popular comedians. He was a master of improvisation, was particularly quick of wit and an overall funny guy. One of the movies he starred in was “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” where Jonathan was one of a wide cast of comedians over the last 30 or so years (Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Phil Silvers, Dick Shawn, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Jim Backus to name a few; oh, yes, the 3 Stooges and Jerry Lewis).
A few years ago I saw an interview where Robin Williams noted that Jonathan Winters had a major influence on his comedic life. In many ways they were very similar and I enjoyed the work of both men. It was as if Robin picked up and carried on the soul of his teacher.
I have often wondered how a soul is passed on to another generation. Surely it does happen, for even Plato and Socrates wrote about it in their philosophies. The mystery which all great philosophers could only hypothesize or speculate about, was how this was accomplished. How are unique souls passed on.
With the passing of Padua Prep who has picked up its soul, or who will pick up its soul? Just a few random thoughts on a hot August night.
[By the way, the photo is of the Grand Canyon, Yavapai Point specifically, at sun set, taken in May 2014. The place is wondrous and awe-inspiring. Was there a soul here?]