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To: marron; Alamo-Girl; hosepipe; omnivore; Coyoteman; YHAOS
Of course there are philosophers and then there are philosophers. Some are engaged in trying to explain or identify truth, and these are the greats, there are the ones who even after a hundred generations we can still read with profit, because the questions are still current, even with all of the water under the bridge since then.

To read these guys, and to attack the same problems with modern eyes is to become part of a 3 thousand year old conversation that is still ongoing....

To be ignorant of the big questions is to be just one more of the herd, unaware of your destination and purpose, unaware of who is directing your steps and with what motive.

So beautifully said, marron! Human beings are still asking the same questions about themselves and their place in the universe that they have been asking since the dawn of recorded history. The essential questions do not change. This is the irreducible core of the humanities, especially including philosophy.

Thank you so much for your very kind words, dear marron, and for your beautiful essay/post!

199 posted on 06/05/2007 7:47:06 AM PDT by betty boop ("Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." -- A. Einstein.)
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To: betty boop; marron; Alamo-Girl; inquisitor
[.. Human beings are still asking the same questions about themselves and their place in the universe that they have been asking since the dawn of recorded history. ..]

Humans are born totally needy.. as a parasite..
Some may never stop being a parasite.. but grow up as takers..

To become a "giver" maturity is required..
What is maturity?.. A Sacrificing of self centeredness to everything else..
The "Center of the Universe", then, is other than personal and becomes timeless..

Thoughts of "God and/or Eternity" can become relevant..
And questions about each can be interesting and not boring..

200 posted on 06/05/2007 8:35:03 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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