Don’t faint: I am in love.
Aren’t all bloggers narcissistic?
Comment by Looney — October 28, 2012 @ 05:15
Oh, Looney. Of all people I expected you NOT to fall into the trap.
Narcissus, such a misunderstood figure. In those days they had no mirrors. So he happened upon a pond. He saw a beautiful face. That it was his he did not know. He was spellbound. So spellbound that he didn’t hear Echo calling him. She faded away. Tragedy. It happens.
What was your assertion? ‘All bloggers narcissistic’. Don’t think so, Looney. All of us are the axis on which our worlds turn. Blogging is no different to any other human communication: We put ourselves out. We take others on board. We exchange views, we give glimpses of our lives, we gain glimpses of others’ lives. Light and shadow.
And, as the cliche goes: How can I love anyone if I don’t love myself (perfection, imperfection and all) first?
Comment by Ursula — October 28, 2012 @ 06:27
I have Ovid’s work on this subject, but have been negligent in my reading. And you are correct: The Bible tells us to “love your neighbor as yourself”, which only makes sense if you love yourself.
Comment by Looney — October 28, 2012 @ 14:45
Yes, Looney. An excellent observation. Which, considering how much strife there is in the world, leads to the conclusion that a lot of people don’t love themselves and/or cant read and follow a simple instruction.
As to Narcissus: Reminds me of that other ‘label’: Oedipus complex. Defined as “subconscious desire for the parent of the opposite sex”. Leaving aside whether such desire exists (I personally doubt it), the very person (Oedipus) who committed patricide and later slept with his mother is the very one who had no designs on either. The man he killed he didn’t know was his father, the woman he bedded he didn’t know was his mother. Hey presto, what do we do? We name ‘a complex’ after an innocent. And yes, I do know we use ‘Oedipus’, just like Narcissus, as a sort of shorthand but still …
Comment by Ursula — October 28, 2012 @ 17:14
Hello! One of reasons I stopped blogging was that I could not take myself as seriously as many other bloggers seem to take themselves..However it was the biblical quotation that caught my attention. I was informed that (as quoted) this is a mistranslation….”Love your neighbour , he is like yourself ” was one offering and another was, ” Love your neighbour he os yourself.”
As for loving oneself…..surely that is not possible until one has been first loved and has understood that one is loved.
Comment by David — November 9, 2012 @ 13:14
Since I am studying Hebrew, the command comes from Leviticus 19:18 (in Hebrew), although it is quoted by Jesus in the New Testament where he undoubtedly spoke it in Aramaic, but this was translated to Greek for transmission. There are only three words in the Hebrew command. The word for word parsing would be – word one: “but you love” (implied imperative), word two: “to your neighbor”, word three: “as yourself”. This is one of the more consistently translated Bible passages.
Comment by Looney — November 9, 2012 @ 14:46
Well there you go……good to have scholars around…… it was a Rabbi that told me.
Comment by David — November 9, 2012 @ 18:14
🙂 I am going to start growing a beard so I can be a Rabbi.
Comment by Looney — November 10, 2012 @ 18:59
Just make sure you give each other some space, if only to avoid smothering each other…
Comment by Phil — October 28, 2012 @ 05:21
If anything, Phil (and you have not heard the end of this), my rein is long. Though not out of control.
Comment by Ursula — October 28, 2012 @ 06:34
Indeed, there are a few bloggers out there who I wish would be as concise as you.
Comment by Scarlet — October 28, 2012 @ 06:27
Scarlet, I hope that whoever is going to write my obituary will weave your assessment of me into their convoluted grave side speech.
Comment by Ursula — October 28, 2012 @ 06:42
Brilliant! Tell us something new though!
Comment by rummuser — October 29, 2012 @ 14:04
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