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  •  Idealism is a human characteristic (2+ / 0-)
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    erratic, liz

    To imagine something symbolically that currently isn't and then direct effort to make it so, that is idealism. Without it we wouldn't be human.

    "Man is the symbol-using (symbol-making, symbol-misusing) animal, inventor of the negative (or moralized by the negative), separated from his natural condition by instruments of his own making, goaded by the spirit of hierarchy (or moved by the sense of order), and rotten with perfection" -- Kenneth Burke, Language as Symbolic Action

    "There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." -- Niels Bohr

    by paxpi on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:59:53 AM PDT

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