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  • tom
    Aug 4 5:40 AM
      Louise, Bill and all,

      Louise wrote

      . I still feel indebted to him as to one who helped teach me how to think. So thank you for your hospitable words, even as you keep on presenting the paradox of the solitary communicator. That is one truth that remains with me from SK, quite independent of any question of faith. Human life is a collision of opposites, in time. Louise

      The fact of opposites in our personality has long been recognized by eastern modalities as yin and yang, and these modalities see the integration of these opposites as one of the major keys to self actualization and well being. Their integration ends the civil war within us, and gets both sides on the same team. I also believe that certain thinkers may not appeal initially to us, because some aspects within their thinking may to us bear resemblance to thinking we have begun to see as second rate. Whereas some other person without the same sort of associations mighrt find the person's ideas quite liberating. I am again reminded of the blind men, and the elephant. Because I at a given time, I am unable to get into a thinker, art form, food etc, I don't say it is worthless, only that for whatever reason I am unable at this time to experience much appetite for it. Depending on our psychological type, degrees of repression , stage of integration etc. what is valuable and tasty nutrition for one of us, might be a bunch of shit to others. Evidently shit is tasty and nutricious to flies, but not to most other living beings. Or Bill, as Dylan says in one of his 60s songs,"To each his own. It's all unknown".



      Peace and best wishes,
      Tom





      ----- Original Message -----
      From: shadowed_statue
      To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 5:39 AM
      Subject: [existlist] Re: The inhospitable existentialist



      Bill, That is somewhat a new thought to me, that as a poet Kierkegaard has had much influence over me. Through his brilliant creative powers he presented Christianity in a way that shows some marked differences with what one encounters in the churches, as well as presenting ethical passion and individuality in a way I had encountered nowhere else. The combination of his dialectical acumen, his humour and humanity, and his appreciation of the ancients, was too much for me to assimilate with equilibrium, as though he was the dangerous one I was reading, not Nietzsche. Again, it is all personal responsibility, there is nothing else to rely on, and it may be quite some time before I can return to Kierkegaard's work. I still feel indebted to him as to one who helped teach me how to think. So thank you for your hospitable words, even as you keep on presenting the paradox of the solitary communicator. That is one truth that remains with me from SK, quite independent of any question of faith. Human life is a collision of opposites, in time. Louise

      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "William" <v.valleywestdental@...> wrote:
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      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "William" <v.valleywestdental@> wrote:
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      > > Am I stearing towards p-ost modernism, hardly not. Newton is sacred text to me. I certainly do not claim understanding of all his theories.I struggle to comprehend Uncle Albert but I keep learning more. Cosmic studies still enthrall me. An off course, pedestrian theory like existentialism has no long term survival potential. But pace is as yet not a crime. When a fine poet has the patience and decency to write to me,I recend the negatation of her favorite philosopher . May you see him as a poet and I see him as a priest?
      > > This is how people of minds should contribute. Bill
      > > Whoops, got an extra ta in there. Bill
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