Peripatetic is a Greek word that describes my life, the life of travel. There are health benefits to travel and learning the ways of others. I was a New England Emmanuel girl living in Massachusetts. But I met my husband at Harvard and since then have traveled all over the world. My children enjoyed the life of moving from place to place, but I notice they don’t subject their children to uprootedness. This is a good thing. In high school I studied Latin and French. At Emmanuel College I immersed myself in foreign languages and cultures even though I was a science major.
I met Emmanuel sisters of many races and backgrounds and made friends of the international students and people of other cultures an, so that when I met my husband who came from Lebanon it all fell into place. I knew I would go many places, Lebanon for a start. Rifaat K Dagher, MD, FACS, was studying kidney transplantation under the great Francis T. Moore And finishing a Fellowship of Transplantation and Immunology at Harvard in Boston. My husband completed his education at the University of Michigan with Jack Lapides as his mentor. He was 33 when he finished his residency in Urology, and our daughter Fauz was born in Ann Arbor. Then we moved to Lebanon, staying put there for 5 years and three more children were born into the fold. But God would have the great surgeon adopt peripatetic ways, traveling from that point on, from Saudi Arabia, to Huntington Virginia and the prestigious Marshall University. From Greece to Gardiner, Maine with Hubbardston in between.
My great one, transplantation surgeon Rifaat Dagher, died in 2005 in Plympton, MA. After he died, I met Ross, who chased down his ancestors from coast to coast and overseas. With him I chose travel and traveled to every state in the USA, and every province in Canada and to Europe, The British Isles, France and Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Traveling is broadening, so I received more education in culture, languages and in how people manage to live and stay healthy in all those places. And I still enjoy articles about how folks stay healthy in faraway places, diet and lifestyles that lead to longevity and well-being. I tried to put it all in place for my dear husband but didn’t have the time or resources we now have available on the internet to save us from deadly cancer and disease. I wish I could have saved him.
Aristotle taught in a peripatetic manner which I both studied in college and put to good use in my teaching. The Aristotelian method is learned from his teacher Socrates. Read Aristotle and Socrates as a start to getting into the thought patterns of others. The teacher starts a dialog with a student, asking questions to draw out what the student already knows. It’s like a debate and the student is caught in contradictions and dead-end thinking. So Socrates gently leads to the right way of thinking and new hypotheses are reached. Then these hypotheses are further tested by logic and fact to bolster ones beliefs. Aristotle was the great mind and philosopher who started scientific thought using Socrates methods of definition and inductive reasoning. According to wikipedia: induction is reasoning in which the premises are viewed as supplying strong evidence for the truth of the conclusion. While the conclusion of a deductive argument is certain, the truth of the conclusion of an inductive argument is probable, based upon the evidence given. Inductive reasoning is reasoning that derives general principles from specific observations or concepts. Start with an observation or simple truth and expand on it, what are the possibilities. That’s what we’re going to do. Find answers and possibilities scientifically from the truths we know. Aristotle’s ideas were the basis of scientific thought well into the Middle Ages and we still follow him today.
From wikipedia:”The Peripatetic axiom is: “Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses” (Latin: “Nihil est in intellectu quod non sit prius in sensu“). It is found in Thomas Aquinas‘s De veritate, q. 2 a. 3 arg. 19.
Aquinas adopted this principle from the Peripatetic school of Greek philosophy, established by Aristotle. Aquinas argued that the existence of God could be proved by reasoning from sense data. He used a variation on the Aristotelian notion of the “active intellect” (“intellectus agens”) which he interpreted as the ability to abstract universal meanings from particular empirical data. “