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Re: Medium & Message, Fact and "History"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0574  Tuesday, 27 February 2002

From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Feb 2002 09:51:40 -0800
Subject: 13.0558 Re: Medium & Message, Fact and "History"
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0558 Re: Medium & Message, Fact and "History"

R. A. Cantrell suggests, in his sane way, that

>If scholars would avoid true/false dichotomies, and much more
>particularly good/evil dichotomies and would hew more to an
>accurate/inaccurate, complete/incomplete line, some time might be
>conserved for we the living to enjoy a (truer) world.

But could we even recognize a "(truer) world" without some sense of the
true?  Can we have comparatives without at least some intuition of
absolutes?

Since you quoted British pop culture, I'll say that I think you're right
in claiming (with Sting) that "to look for heaven is to live here in
hell".  On the other hand, it might not be possible to escape hell
without at least some sense of a heaven.  Or to live in hell, for that
matter, without missing "the eternal joys of heaven" as Mephistopheles
does.

Yours amongst the damned,
Se

 

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