- Hi Bruce.
So for the salt sayings you vote with Ecclesiastes 1:2 ?
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless."
(we have the same situation with
> the Chinese classics). My methodological preference, partly forthis
> background reason, and partly in general, is not for Charity butfor what I
> call Tact: leaving one's own art of explication aside, and lettingthe text
> alone as much as possible, to see what it is up to when we aren'tlooking at
> it.Dave: I think mine just sits on the page, but I can't tell for sure,
I'm not looking at it.
I suppose we all do bring our background with us. The common thread
that ties together much of my various formal education and work
(Physics, market research, finacial markets, statistician) is that
they are all about finding meaning in patterns. It was the patterns
in the data that drew me into the synoptic problem in the first
So, it's possible I'm biased towards thinking patterns in the data
mean things. But at the very least, I think I've *identified* some
patterns here. And personally, I see meaning in them.
Thanks for the comments,