|Originally posted by Lira |
Old texts are often a pain in the arse. I like the ideas behind Goethe's Faust but I can only read this kind of stuff for so long
Really... "forbear thy howling, comrade so noisy, ever growling"!? How hard is it to translate that into contemporary English and just say "shut the hell up, you stupid annoying dog"?
it shocks me that a linguist can hate poetry
it's not about what's said, it's about how it's portrayed, that's the joy of the written word isn't it??
btw: do you read the last page of books so you don't have to get stressed about what might happen?
similar to plato's ideas, it's about exploration of your own beliefs more than the discovery of a real alternative...
in terms of plato, it's more about how you conceptualise the real world. if you're an anti-realist (as i am) you should find plato's insights pretty interesting... it's metaphysical angle i disagree with (the idea of absolute truth), but i think the casting of complete doubt upon everything we know is completely relevant. an anti-realist could essentially claim to be in the cave. there is no objectivity, just shadows of a truth we can't grasp because of our human condition.