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komos
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Ultimately, no one can extract from things, books included, more than he already knows. What one has no access to through experience one has no ear for. -Friedrich Nietzsche
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guitarcries From: guitarcries Date: April 21st, 2002 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's so very true... even if there is wisdom to be gleaned from something, you will simply read it through the tunnel vision of your own understanding as the new wisdom flies right over your head.
komos From: komos Date: April 23rd, 2002 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh.

It's been something that's been on my mind a lot of late, partly because I don't think that as a culture we have access to a tremendous amount of real experience, and I think we end up weaker for it. There'll be more on that later, though. ;)

Oh, and thanks for dropping by. I still haven't quite gotten over the surprise at finding out that someone stopped to give a read. Feel free to continue or not at your leisure.
guitarcries From: guitarcries Date: April 23rd, 2002 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I was trying that "random" thing, which usually turns up rabid 15-yr-old girls who write basically nothing but "I love my boyfriend" over and over again in slight variations. But then it turned up you, and I thought, "Wow, someone with interesting thoughts!" :)

Yes, and I know what you mean about real experience. We sit in front of our TVs and computers and such, forgetting that we have our own sitcoms and soap operas and dramas to live.
komos From: komos Date: April 23rd, 2002 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
To some extent, I almost think that our own personal sitcoms and soap operas are part of the problem. They don't really give us what we're all seeking somehow, hence the need to escape to tv- and computer-based distraction. We're so starved for real, visceral experience that when it comes, we are so completely unprepared that we either are crushed or are simply incapable of recognizing it.

A while ago, I met a blues harp player who tried to teach me to play, but I just couldn't get the feel for it. When I was talked to him about it, he shrugged and fed me that oft-repeated line, "You can't really play the blues until you've lived them." Took me the better part of fifteen years to figure out what the hell he was saying, but I think I'm starting to get it.

Now I kind of wish I had kept practicing in spite of my shortcomings. :\

I never really understood the Nietzche quote before either. Sure, I knew what it said, but reading it again last week cast it in an entirely different light.

And on your finding your way here... It sounds like you've had a similar experience to my "random" searches, though my gouping tends to be 17-19 y.o. goth boys who write in clipped phrases about how goth is dead. Infinitely self-referential. ;)

Thanks, btw.
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