I just found three more have welcomed me, I thought this "thread" had died.
Dear professor, it is a joy to have you on this discussion board.
My pleasure, I'm sure.
It is a pleasure for me to welcome you on behalf of me and the other Italian member of the forum (i. e. Lumen). I am 21, and study Political Sciences and International Relations in the Catholic University of Milan. I am considering actually to go on and get a Ph. D. myself, and then teach somewhere (UK?)
A joy to hear from my Italian brethren. That may or may not be wise, our great universities are less liberal than the Ivy League abominations, our less-than-great universities probably more so.
I am sure a man of your wisdom and culture will prove an invaluable contributor to all the discussions in here.
I try to be a humble man and look what everyone insists on doing.
Your presence here also helps, I think, to close the gap between generations, and that is an extremely necessary thing, in a time as ours that sadly sees old people (at least here in my country) as more often than not only annoying and boring persons that should not be listnened to or taken too much care of.
An appalling sentiment, as a young man we always had great admiration for the aged, and I always thought that if I lived long enough I would have that admiration returned. Little did I know that it would be the other way around. Has anyone read Romano Amerio? He spoke well on this cult of youth.
Delighted to meet a true gentleman and sorry for the late welcome. I thought people like you only existed in Jane Austen books, at least by your style -- wow, I wish I knew someone who wrote and talked (do you talk?) like that...
Delighted, in return. For my generation, we were still very much raised by Victorians, and yes, Victorians acted in very much the same way as Jane Austen depicted them.
Well, you know one now, and yes I do talk, but it is rather difficult to accomplish when my primary means of electronic communication is typing.
Thank you, Longinus.