Monday, April 19, 2010

FLG Will Tell You What It Means

Rufus F writes:
I had intended to get to the soul in the Republic, but veered a bit. I’ll get to that next time. (I’m not sure what it says about me that my interest in the soul was apparently derailed by my stronger interest in the subject of women.)

What it means? It means you are a shitty reader of Plato.


Alpheus said...

Is this R.S. McCain Rule 4 ("make some enemies")? Or is it just the thymos component of your Platonic soul?

FLG said...

It's certainly not the make enemies thing, as that is about hitcounter, which I don't particularly care about.

I guess thymos could describe it. But primarily my problem is that his readings of stuff piss me off. And worse yet they piss me off so much and in so many places that I don't even know where to begin a takedown, and frankly, have trouble mustering up the strength because when somebody is that wrong I have zero faith it's even worth my time.

So, in the end, his readings annoy the shit out of me, but he's also too far gone to even bother explaining why.

This is the same guy, remember, who was concerned about Oedipus' fatal flaw.

FLG said...

Despite being, apparently, one of the few people who thinks The Republic is almost entirely an allegory for the individual soul and consequently the nature of the Just City itself shouldn't be taken literally, it pisses me off to no end when people in fact read it precisely in that literal manner.

Alpheus said...

Sorry -- I didn't mean that comment as some sort of rebuke. I was really just kidding around.

I know what it's like to be unable to stop reading something that irritates me (Dowd, Blow, Rich, Krugman . . .).

FLG said...


It's not you; it's me. His writing drives me nuts!

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