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chapter 3living a life to die for

Elephant in the Room

We’ve all heard the term “elephant in the room” used to refer to an obvious, but usually unspoken, issue that confronts us individually or as a group. When Dave teaches a philosophy class, the “elephant in the room” is always (especially later in the quarter) that the students haven’t done the reading. Unless this core issue is dealt with, the class can’t really proceed effectively. But even though it is an “elephant in the room,” Dave often is inclined to ignore it. Of course, this never works. The “elephant in the room” always has to be attended to; like a real elephant, it can’t ...

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