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Re: work and whatnot (05/06/01 19:46:21)
    i don't think your solutions would hit the heart of the issue which is essentially that democracy breeds materialism (you may quibble whether there is or is not a democracy, but try to be honest in the asessment!). aristocracy fosters and elevates the esteem men have for their own nobility, democracy does no such thing. yet, it can be seen that both in their own way appear to be in error regarding the order they presuppose (who is to say birth in a particular family is anything but abritrary? who can justify the rule of the mob?) "spirituality" is perhaps the partial solution to the problem of materialism taken to extremes. in other words, people would need to believe that they are not simply body - with limitless appetities. not to say that religion taken to extremes is not its own problem either - a moderate view of politics or moderate _expectation_ from politics perhaps would hold that in times of religious immoderation materialism would be a partial solution - at least if one is concerned with his life in "this" world - inasmuch as it would be difficult to detach from it - and senseless as well.

    perhaps you are optimistic? even if you identify a possible solution to the issues as you see them or to the present "crisis" if you can see it - asking people to reflect on themselves - to TAKE THEMSELVES SERIOUSLY (and, yes, this is an important fact) will not mean much if you hope by this that they will make something of themselves in light of the "revelation" you wish to offer. you can count the number of people on your left hand who woudl make something of themselves in light of self-reflection; what you will see more often than not is indignation (a sign, of course, that people cannot believe they are essentially vulgar, or living by the standards of convention). what is possible and for all intensive purposes meaningful is if you actually show in what way people desire more than to live "cosuming" or however you would describe the ugliness of the present day - admiration for heroism (for example), or respect for the mind. confirming this confirms something about men which while not "changing" the times - suggests that the times even though impoverished are not the "be all end all" so to speak. in other words, profit i would think is understanding human nature... clean air - has its place i suppose but perhaps not as serious. (i can hear it now of course CLEAN AIR! WE NEED TO BREATH DON'T WE)... with a bit of imagination i think you can see that there are more profound issues at stake.

    of course, anyone can distinguish between a wish and a fact; even a child.


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Re: work and whatnot