I'm writing this because, just recently, I have found your posts to be much more thoughtful, fluent and accessible. I hasten to add that if anyone interprets that as being in any way at all patronising, then they'll be on the wrong track! I really dislike patronising!! It is simply my opinion.
It is to say a thank you.
Strong discussion, on equal terms, has always been something I have found interesting, and a place like GH and the other few forums I belong to are now the places where it is now still accessible to me.
> Ron, I have been looking into Friedrich Nietzsche
> on the Great Courses. It is particularly true that
> minutes ago I just finished a lecture about
> Nietzsche's view of the Greek tragedies. It talked
> about how the philosophers had to come to terms
> about the individual and the society in which the
> individual exists. I got the impression of the
> somewhat dichotomy between the good of the
> individual as comparable to the good of the
> society in which that individual resides. If fact
> I suspect that some ancient societal influences
> have made it good for individuals to thrive, as
> long as the individual can also abide in said
> society. Rebels are frequently not the norm, then,
> again, certain political agendas, as we have seen
> several times over a century of time can, and have
> been a difficulty for individuals. It is
> inevitable that a balance is still needed to
> provide both safety and allegiance for the
> individual, as well as, provision for society to
> function as caretaker and provider also for the
> individual. It is still a needy enterprise to
> bring that balance to its wholeness.
> Another thing, your perception and my perception
> may not coincide, at the individual level, yet
> there is synonymity of similarities, to a certain
> degree. I may not have your collegiate background,
> yet I have experiences that rhyme with your
> perspectives. It is true that individuality is
> apparent and distinct, yet how similar can several
> individuals become through transference of
> thought-forms and empathy of a sort?
> It is amazing to me that any few people have
> ANYTHING in common, not withstanding the fact that
> the gulf may be wide between two or more people.
> It is so true that my two best friends in high
> school were my friends; yet the differences were
> real also. We three played along despite
> insecurities and stubbornness in our individual
> viewpoints. I have had many friends and
> acquaintences and now most of the friends of my
> youth have moved on with their lives. It just
> happens that way.
> Thank you for caring, Ron. It is good to know
> somewhat who you are by your posts. I hope we can
> continue to communicate here.