[ExI] Tenser, said the Tensor
thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Mar 24 16:56:15 UTC 2009
At 01:23 AM 3/24/2009 -0700, Lee wrote:
>>Yes indeed. Something I try to urge on people who revere "ancient
>>teachings" and "ancient wisdom" makes the same point: Yahweh was an
>>*early, primitive* god, and the wise men and women of ancient
>>India, China and Greece represent *young punks offering mostly
>>uninformed guesses* about almost everything they address that isn't
>>still self-evident and uncontroversial.
>Quite right. But maybe I'm missing something. Shouldn't
>that be past tense? I.e., "the wise men... *were* young
>punks offering mostly uniformed guesses"?
No, because that is what they now represent to us. You can quite
properly say, "In HAMLET, Shakespeare offers a ripping good tale of
blood and mayhem to offset his boring poetry," even though the old
guy's been gone these many years.
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