A comment on the last post:
You've managed to come to a variety of the same conclusions as two of the three most influential thinkers in my life (Confucius, Buddha) without knowing it
Now, this may be excessive praise* but it highlights something that once again is obvious, but I'm going to present it as though it's some great revalation** Being told things is not the same as learning them.
Last summer I went to a lecture on stall and surge. I sat there, I listened, I thought I followed pretty much everything, it was ok, not too dull, not too shiney, yeah. Now, after 4 months of slogging through the literature, peering through papers, fighting my way to an understanding of the problem, I've reread these lecture notes, and... this lecture is God*** Every thought I've spent hours wrestling with clearly explained and joined together in the most logical way to lead you through Very Complicated Thoughts very easilly.
But I'd read it before I spent months wrestling with learning stuff, and it didn't magically impart anything on me! In the same way I've been to lectures where analysis proofs / fourier transforms / lots of stuff were explained perfectly clearly and correctly, and I didn't get them until I'd spent hours tryng to do questions - even though I'd already been told everything I needed to know.
Is this just me? It's a bit depressing. It probably means that most of trying to explain thoughts to people (this LJ included) is wasted effort, because people will read it and follow it and not learn anything from it (although they may come back to it in 20 years time and say "what? That was there all along? But it took me *years* to work that out")
I suppose all you can hope to do is point people in the right direction of things it's worth spending their time learning. Odd.
By the way (I couldn't mention my praise without mentioning the flip side of the coin) someone said "she has a tendency to sound unclear in her posts". Do I? (Confused and uncertain is different to unclear). Take this as an invitation to give me some constructive critisicm about this mess that is my LJ.**** I need to learn to deal with critisicm
*But I like excessive praise. (Complimenting me is one of the easiest ways to make me like you, I must try to stop being so shallow) Thankyou everyone who's every said anything nice about this LJ. Although it is all your faults if it gets even more self indulgent.
** This is after all how the content of this LJ works.
*** Ok, not quite. If I'd discovered that then my problems would be far fewer.
**** Of course, it could just be that you can only ever sound clear to people who think the same way as you, and that you will just confuse some people whatever. But you can very easilly sound unclear to people who think the same way as you just by writing rubbish, so it's not as clear cut as that.