Camels With Hammers
Philosophy, Ethics, Atheism, Nietzsche
Oh I loved this! I cried and cried. (I cry very easily.) I was cheering for the protagonists, and cursing the forces that would tear them apart, and I gasped when it looked as if one or both would die with their love unfulfilled, and I cried happily for the happy ending.
Is this the Basic Plot? The Fundamental Story? The dramatic situation of the 36 possible that we identify with the most, and recognize most readily? The love that should be easy and simple made difficult and complicated by outside and intrusive forces, and then a terrible struggle that brings the lovers closer than they would have been otherwise?
I wonder if there is something built into us that makes us so instantly sympathetic to lovers in a struggle. Even if we have not ourselves had such a struggle, we very easily can empathize, and we cannot resist cheering for and caring about the lovers.
I wish an easy journey for all lovers, even though it often is difficult. Emma and Paul are very lucky to know each other.
Someone wasted a notepad.
(Also, I wasted several minutes)
As always it’s a pleasure to read what Richard has to say and a displeasure to read what John has to say. And I’m quite certain both want it exactly that way.
I find your certitude surprising and dismaying.
As I displease you so, and you take such a dim view of my desires, I feel the need to ask: Do you wish for me to cease commenting here?
Really? You really don’t realize how regularly negative you are around here?
But to answer your question, no, I don’t wish you to cease commenting. There’s a place in the world for contrarians, tomato throwers, and cynics. I may not always find it pleasant but I am proud of the fact that my comments sections are places where smart people challenge me vigorously rather than always pat me on the back. It’s the way a truly philosophical and rigorous blog must be if it is to be worth reading and (on my end) worth writing.
So, far be it from me to be too thin-skinned for my critics or to drive them away with hostility. But I’m not above needling you back on occasion.
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