More and more these days, when I am in mixed company, If I mention in conversation analogies or sayings which pertain to the topic of conversation with respect to many of the classic philosophers, I see more and more quizzical looks such as "Huh?" "Who?" or "Whoa! that's like, deep
I find that two things are true:
1. In American society, by and large, Meaningful books,and especially Classical books as well as Philosophy in general are;
for the average person, simply not much part of the mainstream.
2. We have as a society, reduced most of the deeper arts and subjects to sound bites or cliff notes.
It is how this generation typically absorbs information these days. I could point to the titanic success of the "Dummies" books as validation of this point.
My attempt was not to present a definitive collection, containing and all, be all, but rather exposure in that if interest was piqued, then of course further investigation would perhaps follow.
With respect to MA, how did you first learn of it?
From a spot on T.V.? Or a book? or a demonstration?
You weren't asked to examine the whole art before you investigated further, yes?
This is my point.
Also, I think one of the largest social issues Americans face is one of less time perceived.(Or at least management thereof)
But everyone has at least 30 minutes to explore the fascinating world of Philosophy, no?
That being said, I would argue it is
better to "Get a generalization" than nothing at all.