Re: Eagles and Group Souls
- "Now it's beginning to dawn on me why Frank says you're a snob, Ted. With a sentence like this, you'll only antagonize her and perhaps cause a setback in her progress."
There's no progress without a first turning to the truth. If she believes that aping the likes of Staudi is helping her path through life she's mistaken and my sentence is designed to help her see that.
"Careful, careful. You want to give her more intellectual security, not less. Discover the beauty of her mind, her insight and her brilliance, and point this out to her."
This is unfortunately the opposite of what she needs. Facing up to and being consciously aware of one's real and radical intellectual, emotional and general insecurity in the face of the mysteries, beauties and complexities of life is the path of wisdom. Socrates knew this and this is the reason that he, a wise man, denied he knew anything before the Athenian authorities that were about to condemn him to death. Radical ignorance was to him a fitting state of soul to encounter the world beyond this one.
"I agree with the PS thing, but the disappointment you're talking about probably took place in the Middle Ages, when she was refused an advanced theological study because she was female. That made her decide to come back as a woman once more, with a vengeance. Let her do her venting, Ted, even if you should be a convenient target at this point."
Quite possibly this is true. But venting her frustrations on me does no good; rather, she needs to understand their cause.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "elfuncle" <elfuncle@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "ted.wrinch"
> <ted.wrinch@> wrote:
> > I asked that question because Diana, from her frequent put downs of
> peoples' literacy and intellectual abilities, appears to perceive
> herself as a person having the kind of formal intellectual training that
> one tends to obtain from a university.
> In this particular respect, she's clinging to the apron strings of Der
> Staudi and basically mimicking his repetitive insults against
> "esotericists," accusing them of anti-intellectualism and so forth -- a
> label that is most often associated with Tea Party Christian
> fundamentalists who insist that the world is flat. This is corroborated,
> of course, by our Beloved Sister's animosity against religion in general
> and Christianity in particular that dates back to her unhappy
> incarnation in Middle Age Europe.
> In spite of all this, our Beloved Sister is without a doubt the sharpest
> mind and the most advanced soul in all of Sugarland.
> > Yet in actual discussion she is often unable to distinguish her
> opinions from logic and argument and so is unable to follow a line of
> She's working very hard on that, and she'll come around eventually,
> you'll see. Just give her time.
> > She sometimes appears to not understand how arguments are constructed,
> such as the need in framing an argument to separate normative from
> logical concerns.
> Now it's beginning to dawn on me why Frank says you're a snob, Ted. With
> a sentence like this, you'll only antagonize her and perhaps cause a
> setback in her progress. She has clothed her admiration and love for you
> in the opposite guise, namely insults, and you're knee-jerking and
> playing tit for tat (negative ping pong).
> > There's nothing wrong with being deficient in this manner - we're all
> deficient in something - but what matters is to recognise and learn
> from it.
> She's learning very fast, Ted, at a truly amazing rate.
> > The impression she gives is of someone suffering from intellectual
> Careful, careful. You want to give her more intellectual security, not
> less. Discover the beauty of her mind, her insight and her brilliance,
> and point this out to her.
> > perhaps as someone who wanted to go to university but couldn't, and
> now apes the mores of those they admire who did, such as PS.
> I agree with the PS thing, but the disappointment you're talking about
> probably took place in the Middle Ages, when she was refused an advanced
> theological study because she was female. That made her decide to come
> back as a woman once more, with a vengeance. Let her do her venting,
> Ted, even if you should be a convenient target at this point.