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Re: worsen your strength [Re: BranShea] #166929
03/17/07 06:52 PM
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There are some for whom weakness is a strength.

Re: worsen your strength [Re: Faldage] #166933
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Tell me.

Re: worsen your strength [Re: BranShea] #166934
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Submissive character is appealing to some.

Having a weak gag reflex during an eating contest might help. (whether watching or participating <lol>)

Being fearless (even slightly less) may help one experience things never dreamt about by the timid.

Re: worsen your strength [Re: musick] #166937
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The first two: are about weakness becoming an advantage under certain circumstances. Weak in itself stays weak.

The third one: being fearless might be regarded as a strenght
but being totally fearless is unwise and could prove to be a weakness after all. It does not work well as an example anyway of what Faldage might mean.

Does Faldage have an answer of his own to this? (as we are talking indirectly anyway)

Re: "Improve its weaknesses" - Right or wrong? [Re: Zed] #166938
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Curuinor and Zed,

THANKS for your input!!

Heni

Re: "Improve its weaknesses" - Right or wrong? [Re: heni79] #166939
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I was perhaps oversimplifying a little. There are those who can use weakness to their advantage:

"Oh, I'm so weak and delicate. Could the big strong man scrape the ice off my windshield?"

Re: "Improve its weaknesses" - Right or wrong? [Re: heni79] #166942
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Hello Heni79

I tried to understand the positive better by looking for the negative.
Thanks to having been given the active negative word, I think that to improve its weaknesses cannot be misunderstood , even without the on / upon.

Improve means making better. Thus giving a positive turn to weaknesses.
It could never be understood as exacerbate, aggravate its weaknesses.

That's why I brought in the negative. Not as a distraction from your subject, but for better understanding.


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Re: "Improve its weaknesses" - Right or wrong? [Re: BranShea] #166952
03/18/07 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted By: BranShea


I tried to understand the positive better by looking for the negative.




Sometimes a contrast in elements serves to heighten the salient points of each. It works in art (and by extension, to philosophy). The Italians had a name for it: chiaroscuro. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiaroscuro.

OW!! My liver! [Re: Faldage] #166959
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...I was perhaps oversimplifying a little.

I'll just lay here, above the roaring fire, right arm toasting, my torso holding up the photoframed snapshots of Uncle Earl and Cousin Betsy. I wish someone would wind this clock.. or at least break out the lemon pledge...

Re: OW!! My liver! [Re: musick] #166973
03/19/07 10:05 AM
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Musick, I read your post with respectful, roaring laughter and have been trying to give you a bigger smile then these microscopicones. But the wordpad drawing did not hold through two transformations.
So this avangarde giant try of a smile.



............OOOOO
......... &&&&&&& ------------------> happy hairdo
.....&v!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! v&
....v ......--..........--.... v
Ov ... >@ -------- @< ....vO
...v ............................v
....v........>VV< ....... v
.....v.."!>sss sss!<".....v ----------> Ssssmile!
.......v................. v
......------^^--------



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