The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418 Message #2264212
Posted By: Amos
16-Feb-08 - 07:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
There is a kind of semi-toxic intellectualism which is resorted to by souls too battered to be wholly themselves, which substitutes categories for perception and analysis for feelings, which can easily corrode the human spirit into dead thinkingness.
But the same information can lend great spirit to a group which embraces and debates it unafraid, while still remembering who they are inside.
Being able to handle information well astonishes people sometimes because it is a rarity, and sometimes it puts people off if they believe it is a sign of falsity or cold-heartedness--but there is no reason at all it has to be either.