4052Re: Off Topic, or Just a Bit Off?
- Jun 22, 2007<snip>
> Who was that other fellow that intimated life is a dream? Plato,Now see I never could relate to Ancient Greek Philosophy. Plato and
> wasn't it?
Aristotle were to me at least - just propagators of earlier myths
and their thoughts, although forming a basis for the evolution of the
more complex Existentialists in later years, were too simplistic and
belaboured in poetic imagery for me to adopt personally.
> I didn't judge the ending a copout, even though I, too, hated it. ITrite and clichéd I expect better from King, especially when he is
> think King's pertinent point here is about those who do not learn
> from history being condemned to repeat it.
not in `Horror Mode'. I can't remember the last time I was so
disappointed in a series of books ending possible exception of Dune,
which despite reading the `Road to Dune', I can't buy into, possibly
because the last book(s) really lack Frank Herbert's power of
narrative and character but more likely because they've changed the
characters and details of what has gone before.
> One final note on the death of the patriarchy theme: This is NOT aListen everybody that swooshing noise you hear is the sound of Alix
> question of patriarchy versus matriarchy, nor any form of feminist
back-peddling really really really fast. *grin*
I kid, I kid. I kid because I love :-)
> It is much more a socioeconomic question -- and political, too,Debatable but not by me. I'm largely in agreement that Religions
> of course, the whacked-out fundamentalist authoritarianism of today
> being nastier even than that of the Christian Inquisitions
of all denominations and belief - and Authority are concepts best kept
> -- dealingLet's not forget The Milieu is not always a benevolent structure
> with the inadequacies of local political structure in coping with
> our grievously overcrowded global village.
itself: The death penalty is still in place, heavy-handed Sim.
Proctorship, Birth Restrictions, seperation by "ethnic dynanism" all
of which, and more, were part of the reason for the Exiles leaving for
the MCL in the first place. Yet don't forget when they got there, they
found enslavement and violence governed (small g) by religious belief.
Far from being the death of Authority the stories tell us that
Authority by the few over the many will always prevail.
> (Shouldn't there be a joke aboutNo, no there shouldn't . . . and thank you for not adding one. :-)
> Papa Ratzy and the paparazzi in there somewhere?) Oh well ...
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