|Ellen, you are a gem darling, you truly are. Quibbles on details, but fails to grasp the wider points. So you sat a row in front instead of behind, you heard some conversations--I think you forgot that you talked to person X and Y about A and B when event T happened. That's nice. Its quite astounding that you barely see any "scratches", considering in the years I have seen you post, you commented on AR's "naiveness" (read: failure to see the "signs" and recognize things in others), her unwarranted jumps to psychological conclusions about others, her quickness to moral judgment, her unwarranted anger, a statement that includes "I shudder at the thought of psychological counseling by that woman", and on and on. I consider these "scratches", wouldn't you? Yet, in that same time frame, I don't remember any compliments from you, and I have a good memory. |
One question: are these "flaws" real or not? Another question: why do some people obsess about these flaws, pick at them with razors, blow them up and then obsess and pick at them some more? William Perry recently commented on the phenomena concerning many Objectivists (which doesn't apply to you considering your last post, at least not as an Objectivist) and their "anger" towards Ayn Rand and he is taking time to understand why. I have seen this and thought a lot about it too, and part of the answer is that anger is too pure and clean for what this is.
But it does not surprise me that you don't see this, moral judgment is like emotional repression, it works in both directions. The person who rails against the moral judgment of others and refuses to exercise their moral judgment, even in the most egregious of cases, is also usually the same person who fails to see viciousness in themselves and others (I am not talking about you specifically here, Ellen). However, Ellen, just look at the leaps you made about me two posts ago.
I mean, for Christ's sake I am in law school. Do you really think my concept of ~justice~ consists in judging people as "abstract concepts"? When I was in Criminal Law class and was studying mens rea and looking at general criminal intent--the different levels, how it is applied, how to discern it from cases, etc.--what do you think I was thinking? "Bah, this stuff is for non-philosophical evaders. That person, he's an Attila, off with his head. That guy over there, he's a Witch Doctor, life in prison..." Ah, but you felt compelled to make that judgment, and insinuate I was following in the "general pattern" of Ayn Rand. That's some analysis and Great Leaps you came up with there, really.
Oh, I am sure I will be regarded as the bad guy and "mean" and whatnot. The truth is that people have been getting away with this crap (like the comparison made) for years and don't expect to be called on it. I want to share a quote from Victor Hugo that I have been staring at on my wall for the past couple of days:
"To strive, to brave all risks, to persevere, to be faithful to yourself,
to grapple hand to hand with destiny, to surprise defeat by the little terror it inspires,
at one time confront unrighteous power, at another to defy intoxicated triumph,
to hold fast, to hold hard--such is the example which the nations need,
and the light that electrifies them."
I italicized the part that is relevant here. What is posturing as confronting unrighteous power is nothing more than intoxicated unrighteous power. Ah but this is about "chances to learn" here, yeah learning, that's what this is. To applaud comparisons to Islamic fundamentalists, as if comparisons of Objectivists to fundamentalists and cultists is something new and insightful, that's learning for ya. That is, until next week when somebody does it again--applying it to new contexts--with others heaping praise on just how profound this great New Idea is.
If this is so great a comparison, so just, so right, I wonder how many will have the guts to go to one of the accused and tell them this? Ellen, you post on Solo sometimes, why not go tell Linz or Diana that their psychology is comparable to that of an Islamic fundamentalist, albeit in a "very narrow sense" (wink wink). We shall see.
Anyway, my own energy expired long ago with this thread, so I am now done. Thanks to Landon for the earlier compliment and to those who messaged me privately, much appreciated.