Saturday, January 02, 2010
(fm the BC thread "Starting the New Year with a Bang")
Pascal (the derivative),
Betrayal has always been and will remain a problem ...
I cannot decide whether it is character or the ability to recognize it that has become the trait most dear
It is a common error to believe that we are more sophisticated than people were in the past. We know very little more about love loyalty good evil betrayal and hate than people did hundreds or thousands of years ago. A person with any education at all, which excluded most pre-Reformation agricultural labor but often included more than we acknowledge, specifically when illiteracy does not equate to stupidity and where there was a strong tradition of unwritten communication, may have been more capable than their modern counterpart of intelligently discussing the concepts of loyalty and betrayal in the past. The readers or audiences of Shakespeare and Dante certainly could. These issues were as vital then as they are now. Our advantage is in plumbing and if we thank that makes us see other issues more clearly then we are like the kid who measures the value of his own opinions by the price of his father's car.