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Re: Hamlet and Oedipus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0442  Friday, 23 February 2001

From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Feb 2001 23:19:22 -0800
Subject: 12.0433 Re: Hamlet and Oedipus
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0433 Re: Hamlet and Oedipus

 Stephanie Hughes wrote (I edit liberally)

>Oh, dear. A relativist! Shudder. Well, at least it's a profound
>relativist.  (They're the ones who like to see Mussolini get credit for
>making the trains run on time, right?)
>
>Of course we should examine the truth behind our ikons. I don't think
>what I said suggests we shouldn't.  But where in former times there was
>a drive to make some faulty human into a semi-divine, now we have gone
>to the opposite extreme.  The recent trend seems to me to be to tear
>down every image of value, to demonstrate that in this brave new world
>where all men are created equal, all are created equally pathetic, all
>liars at heart, or drunks, or womanizers, and as a corollary to this
>view, all acts, however brave they may appear on the surface, have
>dreadful consequences. This is a terribly grim and desolate attitude and
>not good if we wish to raise hopeful, energetic, eager young people.

<etc.>

Good heavens.

I seem to have gotten onto the Ayn Rand list by mistake.

MD Aaron
 

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