作者: Sleepless on November 06, 1999 at 07:52:31:
加入以下討論: 我的看法有點不同.... 作者是 Stella on November 04, 1999 at 08:46:29:
Comment on your first sentence:
When I say someone is arrogant, it is the first impression that person gave to me. Very often, it could be a compliment.
Comment on your first paragraph:
It is very true that Mr.Sunrise has great points and judging from the notes he posted on 11/5/99, he has finally conducted himself like a great scholar. Aristotle, the philosopher of realism, once stated, "the truly good and sensible man bears all the chances of life with decorum, and always does what is noblest in the circumstances." His epistemology of the wise man is challenged by the roles of Socrares in "The Apology," Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, and Medea. Although Aristotle's definition of a good, sensible man is valid in every aspect, it is certainly too much to ask from us. However, the proper decorum is worth our thinking.
Comment on your second paragraph:
"If you can't sing well, sing loud." - Forrest Gump
"If you can't sing well, don't sing." - Stella
Something significant to you may be insignificant to others. "Insignificant" does not mean it is "unimportant", it simply means it may not be of use to others under certain circumstance.
Comment on your third and the rest of the paragraph:
"Some see the glass as half-empty, some see the glass as half-full. I see the glass as too big." -George Carlin
History has developed through numerous periods of change, so has the thought of people. The world moves on with various disciplines, not just a single one. The past trends and ways of thinking are not lost; they are simply transited from one culture to the other and from one generation to the next. E.M.W. Tillyard sums it best when he stated,"The greatness of the Elizabeethan age was that it contained so much of new without bursting the noble form of the old order." History has not been forgotten. The manifestations of its legacy are best evidenced everywhere in our lives, not just in books.
Honestly, my original note to Mr. Sunrise was positive and well intended. However, you have misconstrued my note and got too emotional. In fact, I was very excited to find someone like Mr. Sunrise who combined attributes of both Chinese and western studies and explored them in depth. I was trying to pat his shoulder and say,"Hey, big bro. I am so proud of you that I really wanted to keep you here. But first, let's loose up our arrogance a bit and make people feel comfortable at home, then we will conduct our seminar or speech or whatever. What do you think?"
I am in a reminiscing mood today because I remember my first visit to this Web on 11/6/98. I have a very demanding job and many priorities in my private life, and I feel this is the time for me to say: It is the beginning and it is also the end.
The weather has been great and I may just take a random walk down Wall Street or pick up my tennis racket and paly tennis with my friends. There is a charity tennis tournament coming up to raise funds for the special children and it certainly will be fun and meaningful thing to do. Take care, my friend. Peace out.
P.S. "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" is an excellent book written by Burton g. Malkiel, an economics professor at Princeton and Chairman of Chemical Bank. A great Christmas gift for friends who are interested in Economics and Finance.