It does sound interesting! I, like so many, have toyed with the idea of writing something. I actually worked up a very rough draft of this thing. I am fascinated by the concept of the social contract in Western philosophy, of the power sharing between individual and society, and my idea was to have like this Platonic discussion going on between this young guy on the run for a crime who flees across the Gulf of Mexico in a sail boat - seeking sanctuary in the jungles of South America - and this old professor who he kidnaps along the way.
The whole business with the escape and the small boat out on the open sea was just really to serve as something exciting to frame this open philosophical discussion. I admit I had read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and was thinking that something like that - with a better plot - could sort of work with Western thought.
First of all, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a crappy book. And I think any of those ancient Socratic method-type things are crappy, because the conversation will always end up backing up whatever the author posits. It is begging the question - and there is no way around it. Your guy will always win, because you control the argument.
In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance the author is a philosophy professor, and the main character. His young son is the classic ignorant boy - so dad runs circles around anything the boy brings up. I have the feeling that after a while the boy must have wished dad would shut up or fall off the motorcycle. It is three hundred pages of mansplaining.
So I showed this thing to my wife, and I don't think she has ever really thought as highly of me since. I let it sit, and when I went back, it was glaringly, absolutely the worst writing imaginable. But it did serve to, a.) remove that idea that I could write something solid, and b.) make me appreciate anyone who completes a polished work.
There comes a point where writing something of value turns into real work. Not just Great Literature....anything truly finished is hard work.