Posted by Lilly from D007072.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 2:40PM :
In Reply to: Borderline Case posted by andreas from p3EE3C31C.dip.t-dialin.net (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 2:17PM :
: Sounds already pretty much of escapism with an immanent tendency towards apathy.
xxx There's nothing wrong w/ escapism if practiced in moderation.
: Such a self-isolation is only a variation of the self-centeredness which at the other end of the power scala produces corporate greed.
xxx There is nothing wrong w/ self-isolation if practiced when necessary & appropriate. Just as man is a social creature, so can he also be defiantly independent. One can not share every aspect of oneself to others - we are all isolated from each other to some extent. We can not communicate perfectly, & the arts are representative of this condition of constant exchange between the individual & that which surrounds him/her. Corporate greed is an ugly extreme which I, & many other people, feel is ultimately unhealthy & not natural.
It appears to me that this society that surrounds me has lost touch w/ nature, perhaps as a way of escaping, mentally, the idea of the inevitable, which is the cessation of physical existence on this earth. I think this is an unhealthy form of escapism b/c it is practiced too much.
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