Paolo Magnone p.magnone at AGORA.STM.IT
Tue Jun 1 16:33:55 UTC 1999

In reply to Lars Martin Fosse's message of 1 Jun 99, 16:55:

Dear Lars,

I hope you (or anybody else, for that matter) did not take offence at
my remark on "old" people. Nothing personal was intended, all the
more as I perfectly know you "cope", having been on this list for
some years now, and enjoyed many of your former contributions.

I was just playing with your words to bring home the idea that,
rather than falling back on the somewhat dispiriting role of parents
or grandparents, we should strive to continue as children, proudly
owning the *blame* that the ancient oriental wise men imputed to
Solon: "O SolOn, SolOn, HellEnes aei paides este...".

(Need it be said: I am not talking against parents or grandparents :-)

Best wishes,

Paolo Magnone
Catholic University of Milan
pmagnone at
Jambudvipa - Indology and Sanskrit Studies

> > Paolo Magnone wrote:
> >
> > I am afraid the kind of weariness Lars M. Fosse is referring to
> >
> > > that parents have at the end of the day when the kids have been
> > > howling, kicking and screaming for the last 5 hours.
> >
> > is typical of *old* people that do not know how to cope with new
> > challenges.
> Oh dear! By "old people" you probably mean grandparents. I was rather
> thinking of young people in their twenties. Haven't you seen them: no
> sleep for two nights, pale and haggard as they try to be nice to children
> screaming blue murder and making all sorts of impossible demands? Not like
> grandparents, who are always patient and benign, because they know they
> can drop the little buggers in their parents' arms as soon as they get to
> be completely intolerable. Paolo, you must be *very* young.
> And by the way, I have been "coping" for about two years now, I have spent
> far more time on debating with people I disagree with than most others on
> the list, and I am still coping, thank you. But I admit to not having the
> stamina of the very young any more, having almost reached the hoary age of
> 50.
> Best regards,
> Lars Martin Fosse

Paolo Magnone
p.magnone at

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