Gendanken: "God, you're such a little Christian- can't say fuck, cunt, or order chicken-fried-baby around you people." I knew you would like that! Gendanken: But I'll leave you alone, professional courtesy. Oh my goodness! Gendanken: Headnoise ok..... but for Spinoza? How about I say that you perhaps you judged too quickly? You suppose that might be a possibility? Gendanken: I had no clue Durant was influenced by Spinoza. Who'd a thunk? Durant was not the only one. Shelly loved Spinoza, and Lord Byron was to write a preface to Treatise on Religion and the State; however Byron's death prevented it. Lessing liked Spinoza. Goethe reportedly said that his was precisely the philosophy that his deepening soul had yearned. (Of course, we modern folk are far too in-the-know to speak in such a manner.) Coleridge and Wordsworth liked him also. Kissinger said that Spinoza and Kant influenced him the most, and that puzzles me. Kant I understand, but why would Kissinger be so influenced by Spinoza. Guess I do not know Kissinger. But I do not measure Spinoza by the opinions of others. I knew none of this when his words impacted me to joyful tears. Gendanken: No, schizophrenics really do develop this condition where they have to keep writing, and keep writing and writing and writing and talking to themselves as they write, called hypergraphia. I suppose you are saying, "they can develop...." as I have known quite a few, and I never noticed this trait that you mention, but then I should have read a book about it, huh, I mean besides "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden?" I think that was about schizophrenia. I know it is a misunderstood affliction, that has to do with hearing and seeing things that we "normal" folks do not, and that it is far more common than most folks think, or is it? I do not trust labels. When I was around those people, I would wonder if maybe they were "tuning into another diminsion, or something." A friend of mine used to run a halfway house for people from two menal institutions. I would say that at least a third of them were thus diagnosed. In your description above, would that not be similar to Van Gogh's last days, when he became so obsessed? “ Gendanken wrote: "No shit. its only when opinions concur that we call things 'good'. A sham is life, a tale told by an idiot." The sham is life, yes, original. The tale told by an idiot is Shakesperean. (Macbeth) Yeah. Gendanken: Uhm..dude, no I don't. I am not a dude; never have been! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Gendanken: Good, then it awaits. Oh brother! The last two days have been a bit trying, but all better now. I passed answering this last night, because I wanted to go there first, but then I was sidetracked, and never got back. So, tonight, I thought I had best answer this before it became lost in history, or something like that. I doubt that I will do much more tonight. It is 11:28pm here. Chow!