About

This is my personal blog for my thoughts and writings mainly in philosophy. I also write prose and poetry and I will put them here as well.

As the name of this blog already suggests, one of my favorite hobbies is of course fishing. Starting from the moment I grab my stuff to go fishing I enter the realm of thoughts. For me fishing is a way of meditation, a kind of zen at waterside. I take out my gear from my bag, start to fix my rod and place the threads and the hook, throw into the water and wait.

More precisely angling, that is fishing with rod and hook, in my opinion, is philosophically superior to other methods of fishing. You can use a net, a harpoon or use electrodes for electro-fishing. In all these methods you catch the fish by surprise, they are basically hunted down. The fish stands no chance, if you are good at what you are doing, the fish is yours, no choice and no alternative future. It might not make a difference after all if catching the fish is your goal.

Presenting the bait on a hook is different. No matter how attractive the bait looks (or smells) like, at the bottom line, the choice of biting is not yours. It is the fish that finally decides. You can sit for hours, you can see fish pass by, those who aren’t hungry, those who find your bait unattractive, those who just know that your bait is fake, because they are too experienced.

Your patience may or may not be rewarded with a fish. You can’t get faster than the nature and have to keep pace with it. And you get what you get, you’ll have to be happy at the end of the day, and believe me, you will be happy.

At my day job, I am a particle accelerator physicist working as a research scientist. At other times, I let my mind wander. I hope you enjoy this blog and come back often.

cheers,

Xaratustrah, the Angling Philosopher