Ever had a bad house guest stay in at your place? You know the type — shows up unannounced, doesn’t clean up after themselves, doesn’t show any appreciation for your gracious hospitality. This week’s problem-seeker who submitted their problem to Ask Amy, not only has a bad houseguest, but the houseguest is a so-called friend, sort of. What’s a hospitable houseguest to do? Charlie has a few suggestions and two choice words for this unwanted houseguest.
It’s a story old as time itself — the son has values and beliefs that directly clash with his father’s. He’s a leftist, progressive, liberal democrat. His father is (according to his description) a “right wing racist asshole.” They fight constantly, like drunken sailors in a bar.
Can this relationship be salvaged? Before you jump to the defense of the leftist son, take a listen at how Charlie breaks down the problem and solution (there’s enough blame to go around, and the solution, like the problem, is complicated).
Philosophers love to solve complex problems. But what do philosophers do when they have a problem? They write in to an advice column, of course! Well, THIS particular philosopher did. Not only did he write in to advice column, he wrote in to an advice column by and for philosophers: Philosophical Advice from Daniel Fincke.