Enjoying the read I stumbled on this site looking for a little info on the German romantics' stance on True Self, and since then I've been reading for the last three days. Highly interesting and enjoyable read. I've got questions and comments, but I'd like to go through the whole thing once, possibly multiple times, before really getting into it. I'm posting here to say that your enthusiastic quote above, “At one point I was up by thirty-seven cents, but in the end I lost the whole dollar!” struck me as extremely funny. It reminds me of the kind of story Feynman might have told in "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman."