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Melvin Moss
12-28-1997, 08:40 AM
Thanks for your efforts in placing all these materials on th eweb.
Now, as an emeritus professor, let me tell you that your enaging in
academic acitivities during a holiday is but a symptom of a very common
malady: deep enagement in the academic life. The intellectual life, in
gneral, the academioc life in particular, and science ( with a capital S)
in specific detail, is NOT a JOB, it is a VOCATION, in precisely the way
the Catholic church defines thos who seek a "regious" life.
In some very deep sense, "a normal life", and all that entails, rally
does not occur for those who have this vocation...and a similar problem
face s the true artist, and anyone who finds themselves totally dedicated
to their way of life. Rejoice in it, and don't ttry to make some oneelse
eventually very unhappy. M.L.Moss ( Columbia University, New York).