- Feb 2, 2019
Interesting thoughts on the proverbial existentialist crisis:
I do not understand what you are trying to convey with this sentence.timf said:The pain one bears in seeing the futility of life is not so much the burden of genius as it may be the warning sign that one has missed something important.
Are you talking about objective higher meaning/purpose, or self-created subjective meaning/purpose?timf said:If one is unable to consider the possibility that there might be meaning and purpose, is he not as dogmatic as the most obstinate religionist?
Graf von Leiningen said:Is then not all we are left with blind faith?
Given the choice of blindly believing or not believing at all, why should one choose the former?
Would it not be more rational to believe that there is no objective meaning instead of blindly believing in it?
I was just paying homage to Neechee, you insatiable nitpicker!Graf von Leiningen said:For that, you would have had to know that he had been alive in the first place.
That's a rather reductionist view of rationality.Graf von Leiningen said:Would it not be more rational to believe that there is no objective meaning instead of blindly believing in it?
Agreed. And elitism can work both ways. It depends on who's being the elitist. One can be an educated world travelled person and look down on those who are not, and inversely one can be a farmer from the Midwest with no formal education or worldly experience and look down on those who have attended university and have lived in other countries.timf said:For the "higher person" to achieve sublimation (intoxication) in art seems not too different than a "lower person" finding enjoyment in a monster truck rally. I do not see that seeing oneself as elite offers anything helpful.