At 02:25 PM 12/5/2003 -0500, TAK wrote: >Rather, he seems to believe either: (i) that there is no "key" presently >available (if "available" means being accessible merely by adhering to >some pattern or form established by others), or (ii) the key is available >to everyone but, for the most part, one person's key will not work for >another, and must be discovered through communion with the experience of >being alive. Tom - If the latter (ii) is true, how do we even discuss it? Nevertheless, something like it is what Eliot proposes in his dissertation: that the truths that are true are private. >Put a little differently, he appears to be more of a modified Nietzschean, >advocating that the way to find the "key" is purely individual (although, >unlike Nietzsche, he seems to allow that, for some, that "individual" way >may involve choosing a traditional, perhaps traditionally religious, path.) "A modified Nietzschean" - now there is something to try and get your head around. Eliot, too, while he proposed the matter of private truths also espoused the catholic (or Catholic, I can't remember whether he capitalized it; not, I think) over the material (there are finally only two views of the world tenable, the catholic and material, etc). Another instance of tradition and the individual talent? Ken A.