Putting It All Together

Just as the LEGO minifigure stands out as a particularly noteworthy element in its building system, so too does the human person hold a unique place within the seemingly infinite complexity of actual existence. Fittingly, we’ve examined some parallels between these two and used these blocky little figures to help us better understand some of the most important, albeit difficult, questions surrounding our lives as human persons.

Although it can be tempting (and relatively simple) to reduce different persons to their distinguishing physical characteristics, such a simplistic course of action ultimately fails to do justice to their nature as unique human individuals. Rather, we must investigate further the nature of each being’s identity, itself an issue full of nuance and seeming contradiction. While debates over personal identity are contentious, to the extent that several thinkers now believe that we need to abandon the notion completely, a promising solution to many of these quandaries can be found in the personalist emphasis on the human person’s active, volitional character.

Alas, this chapter only scratches the surface of many of these issues. While a fuller exposition could be given, the real joy of both these disciplines, philosophy and LEGO, is the chance for every person to jump in and learn through experimentation. While one certainly needs to take the time out to study philosophy systematically, this shouldn’t be one’s only means of “philosophizing.” Rather, one must join in the debate, testing new theories and trying to discover what fits, just as one must do when presented with a pile of LEGO bricks. Go out and choose to experiment, remembering, of course, the LEGO cry of “leg godt,” play well.

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