cultural myths and misery

S.K. Harrison skh23ca at
Mon Dec 10 20:33:09 EST 2001

> From: "Rex Teague" <DibbleGardens at>

> Thanks for the reply Sean, so often my posts go
> unanswered! 8<(

I'm sorry to hear that Rex.

> With a string of English grandparents in my
> heritage I've been steeped in irony. After many

> years of Internet participation I've learnt 
> that irony is not a universal art but I still 
> fall into the trap. So not 'petty' or even 
> pedantic, the missing part contained the ironic

> twist in the tale/tail that conveyed my _light_

> intent.

Since accessing the net in '98, I have posted
with and without sarcasm and have made some
grevious errors at times as a result--though I do
persist 'cuz it can be done well.

My saviour for more than untimely sarcasm came in
the form of Virginia Shea's online book
Netiquette. If you haven't read it, you may
discover some use for it. You can find it here:

> > In spite of your accusation, I made no
> > sweeping claim for the sole value of 
> > scientific knowledge.
> Good... there is an old adage that science
> should not be left to scientists.


I doubt I will become a researcher in the natural
sciences, or graduate with more than a smattering
of first-year courses in those fields. But I do
intend to remain as aware of their claims as I
can, so that I can criticize them if necessary. A
psych professor of mine exhorted us, from day
one, to question everything we were told, even if
the claimant was recognized as a leader in his
field. I cherish that advice.

> To be frank I haven't attempted to fathom your
> posts in full, their emphatic tone confuses me.

Thank you for this feedback. I'd welcome any
elaboration you care to provide, but as you will.

> > Spare me your moralisms.
> Methinks you are too quick to apply labels, I
> use emoticons in an attempt to express intent. 

In this light I will look over your comments 
when I can access Lyris again.

> Masanobu Fukuoka is a major inspiration for me.
> As my last call in this thread I'll include a 
> favourite quote from "The Natural Way of  
> Farming".
> "There is no need for philosophy in the farming
> village. It is the urban intellectual who 
> ponders human existence, who goes in search of 
> truth and questions the purpose of life. 

I too love Fukuoka and hope to integrate some of
his approaches some day, i.e. the unpruned trees,
semi-wild vegetables, and of course his no-till
clay-pellet grain-seeding.

In spite of that, I want to create a life that
has not been fitted to any pre-fab historical
template, whether of a peaceful farm-villager or
otherwise. Therefore, I will persist with
philosophy in the spirit of that unknown person
who was said to entertain six impossible ideas
before breakfast.


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