[D-G] Philosophers of the XIX century

NZ pretzelworld at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 14:05:49 PDT 2006

also eat lots of twinkies...

here is a quote from capt.kirk regarding "sanity" vs "infinity" vs
"jump rope double dutch"
(its from http://home.ddc.net/ygg/etext/fear.htm, regarding isaac & abraham)

"That sorrow can derange a man's mind, that we see, and it is sad
enough. That there is such a thing as strength of will which is able
to haul up so exceedingly close to the wind that it saves a man's
reason, even though he remains a little queer,25 that too one sees. I
have no intention of disparaging this; but to be able to lose one's
reason, and therefore the whole of finiteness of which reason is the
broker, and then by virtue of the absurd to gain precisely the same
finiteness–that appalls my soul, but I do not for this cause say that
it is something lowly, since on the contrary it is the only prodigy.
Generally people are of the opinion that what faith produces is not a
work of art, that it is coarse and common work, only for the more
clumsy natures; but in fact this is far from the truth. The dialectic
of faith is the finest and most remarkable of all; it possesses an
elevation, of which indeed I can form a conception, but nothing more.
I am able to make from the springboard the great leap whereby I pass
into infinity, my back is like that of a tight-rope dancer, having
been twisted in my childhood,26 hence I find this easy; with a
one-two-three! I can walk about existence on my head; but the next
thing I cannot do, for I cannot perform the miraculous, but can only
be astonished by it."

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