A friend and I have now gone over together Xenophon’s Apology, sections of the opening of The Birth of Tragedy (in German, no less!), a very large chunk of Aristotle’s Ethics bk.3 and some key sections of bk 2. He has been kind enough to let me rant, and listen intently, and ask for clarifications when not asking solid questions about interpretation.
Thanks to him, I finally feel like I’m welcome here. I wonder if pride that is confirmed has an especial quality, as if it transcends pride and is actual credibility.