Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 08:40 pm
[CENTER]A decietful slave,
or a brutal master;
to avoid her is folly,
to befriend her best.[/CENTER]
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Victor Eremita
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 08:50 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
What is a girlfriend you've taken for granted, but suddenly blackmails you to do her bidding, so you have to get on her good side?
NeitherExtreme
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 09:02 pm
@Victor Eremita,
Victor Eremita wrote:
What is a girlfriend you've taken for granted, but suddenly blackmails you to do her bidding, so you have to get on her good side?

Hehe, not quite what I was thinking, but that sure seems to fit the riddle anyway... :shifty:
Victor Eremita
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 06:14 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
Well what did you have in mind?
Didymos Thomas
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 06:19 pm
@Victor Eremita,
Jeopardy style responses, sounds good to me.

What is: yourself.
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sarathustrah
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 06:44 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
i wonder... to me it sounds like choice...

a deceitful slave or the master... deceitful slave sounds like how choice can seem to be something you get to control... but in the end is what we choose just the direction that all of our experiences and thought processes add up to...

but to think this way you must "avoid her folly"... you cant operate by thinking you dont have any control over anything...

so you befriend choice... you just choose... not wondering if you could have ever chose anything other than what you end up choosing...

but i highly doubt im even close to right... i can never get the real answer to riddles...
do i even make sense to anyone else lol?
Fido
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2008 07:16 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
NeitherExtreme wrote:
[CENTER]A decietful slave,

or a brutal master;
to avoid her is folly,

to befriend her best.[/CENTER]

My wife. Was it cicero who said: as soon as a woman becomes your equal she becomes your master. I wonder if he meant mistress. Anyway. That's cool. My wife is a grade A organizer and I am not. I let her do all the heavy brain work so I can do filosophy. And she is hot. With skin as soft as melting butter. Oooh! I think I better go check her out.
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NeitherExtreme
 
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Reply Mon 8 Sep, 2008 05:26 pm
@sarathustrah,
sarathustrah wrote:

i can never get the real answer to riddles...

Hehe, I can never figure them out either. (Maybe that's why I decided to make up one?) I normally figure myself to be pretty decent at abstract reasoning, but riddles always make me feel stupid.

If no one gets it soon I'll admit defeat and give the answer, though I was hoping this one could be figured out with a bit of reason.

All good guesses so far though! Both "yourself" and "choice" have some depth and fit pretty well...
NeitherExtreme
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 06:16 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
What is: Reason. Smile
Fido
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 08:06 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
NeitherExtreme wrote:
What is: Reason. Smile

Ratio as opposed to religio, and I trust it comes from the word Res, which means: thing, in latin, since it is only effective as applied to material things, and not moral concepts, which I suppose, have their own reason based mostly upon what works for people.

If that is supposed to be the answer, I still think my wife fits it better.
iconoclast
 
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Reply Thu 11 Sep, 2008 08:31 pm
@Fido,
is the answer: truth

to enslave truth is deciet,
to be mastered by truth is brutal,
to avoid thruth is folly, and so -
to befriend truth is best.
NeitherExtreme
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 11:46 am
@Fido,
Fido wrote:
Ratio as opposed to religio, and I trust it comes from the word Res, which means: thing, in latin, since it is only effective as applied to material things, and not moral concepts, which I suppose, have their own reason based mostly upon what works for people.

If that is supposed to be the answer, I still think my wife fits it better.

Yep, that was my answer when I wrote it anyway. You can pick your own if you want. Smile

A decietful slave,
...Often people use "reason", intintionally or not, simply as a tool to defend their own assumtions. The funny thing is, they often become totally convinced that they're right, when in reality they're just piecing nonsense together into a house of cards.

or a brutal master;
...I don't know if I have to explain this one. Those that see reason or logic as the ultimate or only standard end up very disconected from themselves and their humanity.

to avoid her is folly,
...Goes without saying.

to befriend her best.
...The best thing I can figure is to just see reason as one of the valueble but limited aspects of life.
NeitherExtreme
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 11:47 am
@iconoclast,
iconoclast wrote:
is the answer: truth

to enslave truth is deciet,
to be mastered by truth is brutal,
to avoid thruth is folly, and so -
to befriend truth is best.

Even though my answer's different, I think we're thinking along the same lines here. Smile
Justin
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 02:04 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
Interesting riddle indeed. Thanks for explaining it.
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Victor Eremita
 
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Reply Sun 21 Sep, 2008 07:30 pm
@NeitherExtreme,
NeitherExtreme wrote:
Yep, that was my answer when I wrote it anyway. You can pick your own if you want. Smile


Thanks, I stay with the dominating girlfriend response. :bigsmile:
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