16. The Big Orange Splot
Is There Anything Wrong with Conformity?
Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Inc
A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature
How to Cite
Wartenberg, T. E. (2013) The Big Orange Splot, in A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and Other Philosophical Discoveries: Finding Wisdom in Children's Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118545119.ch16
- Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 5 APR 2013
Print ISBN: 9780470656785
Online ISBN: 9781118545119
- analytic philosophy;
- The Big Orange Splot
In Daniel Manus Pinkwater's quirkily illustrated book, The Big Orange Splot, a strange accident leads a man to change his life. The book presents an important claim that the existentialists and other philosophers have embraced: That the life of conformity is one that people ought to avoid, despite its attractiveness. Instead of living a life just like everyone else and fulfilling expectations that others have for us, our lives should resemble the transformed facades of all the homes on Mr. Plumbean's street: reflections of our own, individual dreams.