And then there's the old nostrum: judge not lest you be judged. I think even that old troll, Jesus Christ, have that hid blessing. & look at what harpooned to him, as Joyce might have put it. It is good to hear from you Carrol.
Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi Nancy,
>> by "we" I meant society.
>> I did not mean to subsume you ( maybe not even me) in moral relativism.
>"Moral relativism" is an inevitable outcome of "moralism"; the remedy is to
>drop the illusion of an abstract set of principles prior to and independent
>of human activity.
>In reference to the particular behavior at issue here, we find it
>despicable, and "we" here almost certainly includes Eliot himself. And since
>he was also a moralist himself, the result was probably a good deal of
>internal conflict, perhaps finding expression in his writing.
>P.S. The interesting exchanges between you and Nancy are somewhat cluttered
>by trying to respond to the trolls on the list. Their attempts to "defend"
>what Eliot himself almost certainly did not lead nowhere but a buzzing