Greatness  

rm_the_taker 44M
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8/21/2006 12:23 pm

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Greatness


I am reading 'Shakey' right now, a biography about Neil Young. One thing that struck (besides record EVERYthing) is where he spoke about greatness. It is hard to define, like lightening in a bottle, but you know it when you are near it. His thought is that is what fans are really after, a touch with greatness, something larger than life. I think sometimes that is what a lot of people are looking for on AdultFriendFinder. Nobody is looking for a pedestrian experience.

The question is are you great? I've lived long enough to know I have it, and some other people I have met along the way, call it magnetism, call it what you will. There are some people who can singlehandedly make or break a party, depending on if they feel like putting out the energy.

The problem it seems is it is dangerous for your health. I read one theory about how society is an organism and sees anything that reshapes the collective (eg. Jim Morrison) as a virus threat and there is a tendancy to restore balance. NY and Dylan both seemed to shy away before the enevitable, Cobain and Hank didn't. It seems strange to me that it is an energy flow you can choose to turn on and off. So are you great? are you 'larger than life'? have you had to turn it off for self-preservation? Instead, have you decided to burn out rather than fade away?

sage454 38F

8/21/2006 1:36 pm

In order to be great, you have to be responsible for solving your own problems and deal with the consequences with the choices we make.
Winston Churchill once said,
The price of greatness is responsibility. If the people .....had continued in a mediocre station, struggling with the wilderness, absorbed in their own affairs, and a factor of no consequence in the movement of the world, they might have remained forgotten and undisturbed beyond their protecting oceans: but one cannot rise to be in many ways the leading community in the civilised world without being involved in its problems, without being convulsed by its agonies and inspired by its causes."
In other words one has to take the challenge and accept the responsiblity, the worse are good people who do not do not act and just talk about what they are about solving problems. Great people act and take responsiblity of the consequences. That is greatness.


rm_the_taker 44M
60 posts
8/21/2006 3:45 pm

Easy for Churchill to say, they sat on the sidelines quite a while, but I see your point. (And I am not sure it takes a great sense of responsibility to stand up against mass genocide, most 7-11 nightshift prime-ministers could have made that momentus decision for 8 bucks an hour.)I am just am not sure if it is worth losing your life for. It might be smarter to become a farmer...


sage454 38F

8/21/2006 8:48 pm

Yet one must fight for their beliefs and accept responsibility and the consequences. If one does not fight and does not take the responsibility and "passes the buck" who will make the change?


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