is the view that only the self can be known.
L.solus (alone) & ipse(self)
That is of little comfort when homo escapeons like us are stuck here on Earth with 6 Billion other selves (selfish elves).
Since we need to pretend that we understand others in order to: stay sane, make a few friends, and avoid conflicts with idiots, we have invented simple methods to pigeonhole people.
The Socratic axiom that the goal of Life is to 'KNOW' thyself (mental masturbation) is a disturbing and time consuming affair that really interferes with our leisure time.
My Camusian obssession to pursue the absurd desire for clarity and meaning in a world that offers neither negates my inner child's desire to just sit and be entertained. What a drag.
In order to streamline things and free up a little more time to blog, we can compartmentalise people according to the time honored 'funny' theory of HUMORALISM aka the FOUR HUMOURS that was developed by Hippocrates and Aristotle, and later refined by Galen, Paracelsus and others.
The basis of this theory is that the body is composed of 4 main fluids or humours each of which directly affects personality: Blood/Phlegm/Yellow bile and Black bile.
Therefore logic would dictate that there are only 4 basic kinds of people:
(too much Blood) the Artisan; too happy, courageous, hopeful and amorous. They are also innovative, artistic, exploitive hedonists!
Hence the phrase why are you so bloody happy?
(Phlegm) the Guardian; too passive, calm and unemotional.
They are also traditional industrious wealth obssessed hoarders!
Not to be confused with being Flemish (of which I am 1/4.)
(too much Yellow Bile) the Idealist; too angry, and bad tempered. They are also religious, hyperesthetical dogmaholic moralists!
Aha, the joyless puritanical (choleric) cleric!
Melancholic (too much Black Bile) the Rationalist; too gloomy, despondent, and sleepless. They are also skeptical, anesthetical, curious theorists! How pedestrian, ordinary and banal. Puh-leeze!
VERY SCIENTIFICKLE I MUST SAY!
but way, way,way too much information to digest.
Remember the Myer's cognitive function(1958) types that made a big comeback in the 80s. C'mon these humours were repackaged into 16 Personality types (ISFJ or ENTP etc) that were combinations of your natural predisposition towards....
INTROVERTED or EXTROVERTED
Your natural energy orientation is Introverted or Extroverted
(I or E)
Do you take your cues from people and activities or or live in your imaginary world?
SENSORY or INTUIITIVE
Your method of understanding is naturally Sensory or Intuitive
(S or N)
Do you live in the present based on specifics or speculate on what ifs?
THINKING or FEELING
You make choices or form judgements by Thinking or Feeling
(T or F)
Do you deal with Facts or react according to your unpredictable hormonal and pharmaceutical mood swings?
JUDGING or PERCEIVING
Your reaction to the outside world is Judging or Perceiving
(J or P)
Do you enjoy being a Neurotic Obssessive Overachiever or prefer the Whatever/Sh*t Happens laissez faire route?
As you can see this is all getting far too complicated and however unscientific and interesting it may be we just don't have enough time to categorise everybody with all of this fancy schmancy malarky.
(Too many notes!... my favorite line in the film Amadeus)
Thank you Oscar Wilde for compressing it all into 2 categories.
People are either
Isn't that easier?