Philosophers, from Aristotle and Plato, through to Kant, Descartes, and Leibniz, and down to the present day, have wrestled with crucial questions of being and existence.
Just imagine how profound the philosophical debates might have been if Aristotle, say, tried to use one of those automatic faucets in an airport restroom and found that, no matter how much hand waving and cursing he did, the photovoltaic cells would not register his presence and start the water flowing?
It gives rise to troubling existential issues. Can I be said to truly exist if the automatic faucet doesn’t acknowledge my being?
The incident happened on Monday, on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York. The dog was in an approved pet carrier device when a flight attendant required the dog’s owner to put the pet carrier into an overhead bin. The flight attendant now says she didn’t realize the dog was in the pet carrier. Another passenger on the plane, however, says the dog’s owner resisted and told the flight attendant that there was a live dog in the carrier, but the flight attendant insisted and the dog’s owner eventually complied. When the pet carrier was retrieved at the end of the flight, the dog was dead — perhaps from lack of oxygen.
United Airlines has apologized, and a statement from a spokesperson said: “This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin. We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them. We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”