From: Sophie Brissaud
> I've followed this conversation with much interest but what
> I'm the most aware of is the absolute power of relativity.
> And I don't find this confusing at all, rather the most
> comfortable thing to live in.
To me this topic is fascinating, and you do make some great
points that each deserve to be fully addressed. And although
it's very tempting to quote Gorgias and engage in convoluted
streams of logic, I'm starting to think that -in the context
of this list- this thread is maybe getting too philosophical...
I have opinions about West/East (even though I can't demarcate
any geogaphic borders). But they are opinions. I *know* nothing,
even though I sound like [I think] I do; but neither do you, or
anybody else. So-called "facts" (which enjoy a highly unhealthy
reverance in the West) are merely opinions which are strong
enough to bypass constant re-evaluation.
You talk of tolerance, but you -and others- restrict that
to tolerating *opinions* (at best). Where I feel there is
a much bigger need for tolerance is in modes of expression.
Even after nearly four years of participation, many people
still can't handle how I go about my business. Not really
because it's wrong, but because they're inflexible. I refuse
to abide by Western conventions of communication/interaction,
because it's against my nature. Even so, on *my* end I try
very hard to accomodate the modes of expression of others.
That's as far as tolerance can be expected to go, but many
people don't seem to even come close.
Believe me when I say that I listen to everything everybody
has to say (even though 90% of it is crap) and when I express
myself forcefully, it's simply because to me tentative behavior
and qualifiers like "IMHO" are a superfluous, sometimes even phony.
I'm not here to change anybody's mind about anything (since I'm
not a politician), and I'm not here to make friends (even though
I've been fortunate to make many) - I'm here because I enjoy it,
and if that's too annoying for some people, tough.