This is an anecdote about theater history and knowledge acquisition.
When I was a lad, I saw Judith Anderson, who plays the Nurse in this film, on stage in the leading role. Anderson, in her prime, was a much better Medea than Caldwell. My favorite Medea was Diana Rigg’s, which I saw on Broadway back in the 90’s. Now that was amazing. But that is another story!
So, as an impressionable ten year old, I saw Dame Judith, on stage, sometime in the mid sixties. The next morning, over breakfast, before school, I discussed the play with my parents. I asked a naïve question, about the play, which changed my life.
" After Medea killed the kids," I asked my mother, quickly, trying to catch an idea before it disappeared," she tells Jason that she loved him more than she loved them. What did she mean?"
My mother corrected me," Medea says to Jason,’ I loathed you more than I loved them’."
" What does loathed mean?" I asked.
" Hate," my mother replied, " to loathe someone is to hate them." I had seen that mix of emotion in my mother’s eyes before, I had heard it in her voice, felt it in my gut. I was shocked. How could you hate someone more than you love your own children?
I have pondered that question for decades. I became aware that you can hate the same person and love them at the same time. I have, in my ripe old age, become aware that what most people call love is pretty much the same thing as hate, that they are coming out of the same energy. Relationships suck. Deviant Logic.
Eric Weiss, I like a lot. He read one of my astral porn stories and said it resonated with his philosophical views. He knows Gebser, Whitehead and Aurobindo really well. He is a good scholar.
I am perhaps a sloppy scholar and tend to read fast and more than one book at a time. I also make it a habit never to re-read anything. I have a pretty good memory of what went down but most of the need for a good memory is staring to vanish as we have our devices to remember everything for us.
Reading for me has been a means of survival. I read voraciously because my enemies were many and I needed to figure out how they think. I was lucky and managed to find loop holes in their arguments. Sharing knowledge, rather than quick information, continues to be a big challenge in our current mania for mash ups.
So, Mad AI, keep up the good work and I will see you on the Astral-