Make Grammar Fun with Solipsism

Solipsistic: so·lip·sism

the belief that the only thing somebody can be sure of is that he or she exists, and that true knowledge of
anything else is impossible
the theory that the only thing you can be certain about is your own existence and your own thoughts and ideas

a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing;

Solipsism /sɒlɨpsɪzəm/) is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind, alone, is sure to exist. The term comes from Latin solus (alone) and ipse (self). Solipsism as an epistemological position holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure. The external world and other minds cannot be known, and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical
position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist. Although the number of individuals sincerely espousing solipsism has been small, it is not uncommon for one philosopher to accuse another’s arguments of entailing solipsism as an unwanted consequence, in a kind of reductio ad absurdum. In the history of philosophy, solipsism has also served as a skeptical hypothesis.

Now there’s a word for you. Not to mention a lovely nihilistic view of the world. Can you say narcissist?

At least on the surface and of course I in no way embrace this philosophy but as I thought about it, I realized it bore thinking about. In the abstract only. The face remains that it is only our mind and the contents thereof we can be absolutely and incontrovertibly certain of, right? When you close your eyes and tune out the world does it cease to exist? When you die does not a whole state of existence die with you? Hard as we try, is it not ourselves that comes to the forefront of our thoughts as often as not? This is not a philosophy you can embrace literally but it does offer some food for thought. At least I think so.

Grammar Punk Sentence: L I 2 solipsism  

Camille’s tacitly absurd sense of solipsism was hard to take when she went off on a tangent touting her superior chocolate-chip
macadamia coconut surprise cookies every year at the annual bake sale.

Give this one a try. Write a Grammar Punk Sentence that contains at least two words with the letters L and I and the word solipsism.

Teachers of English this is a great point of discussion and challenge for writing if I ever saw one. Ask your students about their own sense of solipsism. Create a character with a dark side of this philosophy. Then write about it. And share!