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    salt of personhood

    This is quite a phylosophical writing.
    By "no self there to meet", is it himself or any universal self?
    And what do you mean by "salt of personhood"? Is it something to enhance personhood?

    ex)The other day an acquaintance of mine, a sociable and charming man, told me he had found himself unexpectedly 'alone' in New York for an hour or two between appointments. He went to the Whitney Museum and spent the 'empty' time looking at things by himself. For him it proved to be a shock nearly as great as falling in love to discover that he could enjoy himself so much alone.
    ...He is about to be launched into his own inner space, space as immense,
    unexplored, and sometimes frightening as outer space to the astronaut. His every perception will come to him with a new freshness and, for a time,seem startlingly original......
    What had he been afraid of? I asked myself. That, suddenly alone, he would discover that he bored himself, or that there was , quite simply, no self there to meet?.....
    ..."Music I heard with you was more than music." Exactly, And therefore music 'itself ' can only be heard alone. Solitude is the salt of personhood. It bring out the authentic flavor of every experience....

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    Re: salt of personhood

    I've read the original online (All Sounds To Silence Come: The Rewards of Living a Solitary Life). By "no self there to meet" the author must have meant either that he was there all alone with no other people around, no one to mislead or confuse you.

    "With another human being present vision becomes double vision, inevitably. We are busy wondering, what does my companion see or think of this, and what do I think of it? The original impact gets lost, or diffused."

    "The salt of personhood" must imply that solitude can bring a lot of excitement into life, can help you appreciate life, help you perceive its enigmatic ways.

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    Re: salt of personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I've read the original online (All Sounds To Silence Come: The Rewards of Living a Solitary Life). By "no self there to meet" the author must have meant either that he was there all alone with no other people around, no one to mislead or confuse you.

    "With another human being present vision becomes double vision, inevitably. We are busy wondering, what does my companion see or think of this, and what do I think of it? The original impact gets lost, or diffused."

    "The salt of personhood" must imply that solitude can bring a lot of excitement into life, can help you appreciate life, help you perceive its enigmatic ways.
    Who wrote this stuff. Dear oh dear. The word is 'philosophical' but I don't think it's appropriate for this vapid and inarticulate nonsense.

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    Re: salt of personhood

    I have read through it twice, and find it well written and thoughtful. Well, de gustibus...

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    Re: salt of personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I have read through it twice, and find it well written and thoughtful. Well, de gustibus...
    aut bene, aut nihil. (Chekhov)

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    Re: salt of personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    ... Well, de gustibus...
    My thought exactly when I saw your recommendation of Tolkien in another trhead.

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    Re: salt of personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This is quite a phylosophical writing.
    By "no self there to meet", is it himself or any universal self?
    No, "no self" is literal. If it was himself or a universal self or any other self, it wouldn't be 'no self'.
    Compare: "He had no car". Would that be a Ford, or a Hyundai, or some other brand?

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    Re: salt of personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Who wrote this stuff. Dear oh dear. The word is 'philosophical' but I don't think it's appropriate for this vapid and inarticulate nonsense.

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    I'm embarrassed to say that I hit "Like" on your post without actually reading the blog to which the thread refers. Having read only the short quote given, I agreed with you entirely. Then I clicked on the link and read the blog and have changed my opinion! I really liked it. It actually made me think long and hard about the times I have lived alone, my friends who live alone (some love it, some hate it) and other friends who are staying in bad relationships simply because they are too scared to be alone.

    Each to his own though, as we find ourselves saying time and again here!

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    Re: salt of personhood

    I can be a bit quick on the draw (Feel free to unlike!)

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    Re: salt of personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I can be a bit quick on the draw (Feel free to unlike!)

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    Oooh, no. I never go back on a like. They're like blog posts - once written and published, stand by them, no matter what!

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