But someone named Brian McCarthy, apparently he's Australian, left a comment I can really work with. Here is his purple prose:
Brian McCarthy said...
Kudos to your friend who made the comment "That's harsh!" He must be a true friend, because I mostly want to take you out behind the barn with a shovel.
I find that Mahler's symphonies have become MORE relevant in my life as I grow older, not less. Mahler's insights into himself and the world become more amazing as time goes on, and I stumble on these insights myself.
If you think you "grew past" Mahler, you've become an arrogant and self-centered individual, that's for damn sure.
Brian, I'm really happy you like Mahler's music. Otherwise I would have had to think you're some kind of a mean, crabby thug.
I'm also glad to hear that you continue to find Mahler's music a source of new ideas and personal growth. That means you're open to change, a thinking person of sorts. Otherwise I would conclude that you are some sort of idiotic moron.
Also, your comment about the shovel makes me think you're a violent hothead, someone who shoots your mental wad a bit early. But anyone who can listen to an entire work by Mahler must have the makings of a patient person. Your attention span is probably way above normal. Try using that talent in the rest of your life, especially when online. To say it in Californian, "Dude, chill out. Why did you stop meditating?"
You seem to have trouble accepting that my own personal musical tastes have grown in a different direction than yours. So here's a newsflash : people change. Nothing is forever. Even Mahler.
Of course, if you're an intolerant religious-style fanatic who thinks everyone must believe just as you do then I can only feel sorry for you.
Finally, Brian dearest, you didn't leave any hint as to how old you are. I'm guessing you're not too long out of a college where some incompetent professor gave you the idea that you already know everything you'll ever need to know. I'm hoping you are really young, because that would make forgiving your stupid comment easier.
Oh, one more thing. It's perfectly acceptable for us to have diametrically opposed ideas and both be correct. Learning this could be an important step for you towards avoiding being a crazy jerk. Remember, the cat is both dead and alive at the same time. It's fine for you to question that idea, it's not simple; it's not popular. Please try to reflect on it.
To help your reflections I'd like to suggest some music. It's by an Austrian composer who lived about a century ago. His name was Gustav Mahler.
Macca, my name is "Ocker". I am not an "ocker". I'd appreciate an apology. Maybe we can still be friends.
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