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Effectively, you've nailed it in my case. I very much like the diary and it did conjure up memories of the sixties and seventies in Paris- which i felt unnecessary to burden ET with. Thanks for inducing a pleasant reflective mood.

I do agree with you on your description of the monologues touted as debate. There is a quote from Nietzsche that is appropriate:

Opinions and fish.-- Possessing opinions is like possessing fish, assuming one has a fishpond. One has to go fishing and needs some luck--then one has one's own fish, one's own opinions. I am speaking of live opinions, of live fish. Others are satisfied if they own a cabinet of fossils--and in their heads, "convictions."

or again:

Every one who wishes to display his wit thereby proclaims that he has also a plentiful lack of wit. That vice which clever Frenchmen have of adding a touch of dédain to their best ideas arises from a desire to be considered richer than they really are. They wish to be carelessly generous, as if weary of continual spending from overfull treasuries.

I realize of course the gathering was English playing mock-French.

After quotes like that in the spirit of your diary, one prefers to curb one's witty fossils, even if provoked then in the comments by a call to dialectics. I am partial to mere rhetoric and find dialectics an intellectual sham, if not imposture.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jan 10th, 2013 at 04:53:13 PM EST
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