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Posted by Charlie ( on June 15, 2003 at 16:21:24:

In Reply to: Re: ON EMOTIONS posted by Josie ( on June 15, 2003 at 14:43:57:

Dear Josie,

I disagree with stoic philosophy on many tenets, one being that they completely try to disengage themselves from emotions. I don't believe that the emotions should be treated as leftover waste. Emotions serve a purpose, and we can never numb ourselves from them, as was the Stoic aim. They also believed in an isolated existence and obedience to the external world, since there belief was they had no control over other people's perceptions. I distance myself from that idea as well. Probably the only point of Stoic philosophy I value is their emphasis on virtue, but even that is an offshoot of Aristotelian thought.

Whether or not my ideas have been spouted off before only serves to back up my perceptions of reality. However, I come to my ideas through my own evaluations and do not purposely try to distort the truth in order to defy a pre-existing system of thought, and on the flipside, I do not blindly accept a truth to preach a pre-existing system of thought, then pawn it off as my own. What I write are results of my own evaluations and integrations of reality through conceptualization, and more conceptualization of those concepts. The body of human thought passed down through mankind is so large that it is very likely your ideas have been thought before. If not, then you have achieved something timeless. I do not claim to be so great, but only claim to be myself.


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