Posted: Jan 12, 2019 7:49 pm
by Cito di Pense
archibald wrote:What interested me were the ways in which having a highest ideal might be, psychologically, like having a god.

There isn't a highest anything unless you're talking about a statistical sample. But hey, people can have a nice convo about my highest can beat your highest. A Smith & Wesson beats four aces, and even if you have a S &W, somebody's always going to come along and outgun you. Without that kind of joking around, "highest ideal" just means "this year's model". People change. God is supposed to be something unchanging, so maybe that's the direction you might take it, but we all know how people just sometimes give up believing in god, and more often give up their highest ideals when nobody's looking. Maybe you could find a way to make an analogy between somebody's pet platitude and god, as a way of figuring out what people denote by their 'gods'.