beginning Tuesday, November 4th 2014
Aristotle claimed that "we cannot learn without pain." I would argue one step further and pronounce that life is pain, whether you learn from it or not. Pain, of course, is a subjective matter. Each person suffers differently and each person experiences strife and injury in a completely unique fashion. We all suffer. Most of us survive. The residual effect of that suffering is the main source of our internal conflicts and one of our greatest challenges. On top of all the regret, the pain just doesn't stop coming. It goes on and on, more than most people would care to admit. Our lives are a constant drone of hurt and feelings and ruefulness. We cannot escape, no matter how we try. Deep inside there comes a haunting. It is a silence that will not leave you be. We can convince ourselves that we are happy. We can tell ourselves that this is so. Soon, the truth is clear. No matter where we run or how we deny and hide it, it always bites you in the ass. You cannot escape your experience, at least not without heavy medication or a lobotomy in good measure. We do not exist without pain.
"Hello, my name is defeat
"I am no longer defined
To my mind, grade three at
My spirituality formed early. By the time I was five years old, I grew more and more curious about God, Jesus and the idea that He (They) punished us for our sins. Thanks to Christianity, and my maternal Grandmother, for all my yearning to know more, I feared God more than I embraced Him. It was bad enough you had to face indictments here on this planet but the spectre of eternal punishment loomed over me like a halo pulled from a dung heap. Although this event may not have been so dramatic to another student, for me I was crushed and defeated. The energy I had discovered that afternoon through writing was smothered by some 1970s version of political correctness. My Mother tried all she could to make them reverse their decision but it was to no avail. The F given would stand and the suspension would as well.
Mythology is both the study of myth and the body of those myths "belonging to a particular religious tradition." It is understood that each exists outside of "ordinary human experience." It is interesting how many cultures and civilizations have shared similarities within their myths. Gods, morality tales of good versus evil, this study of the duality of man are all aspects "common within most mythological stories." They tend to have parallels and come from the same "creational force." Take the Hebrew account of the flood from the book of Genesis and the story of Noah. Many cultures, based in antiquity, from varying regions, share one version or another of this same event. Sumerian, Phoenician, and most notably Babylonian accounts have strikingly close details to the flood myth that is relayed in the Torah and the Bible. Fragments of the Babylonian account from the Epic of Gilgamesh have been found on tablets dating back to around 2,000 BCE. While there are obvious differences between the two versions, many details of the flood account are shared by both narratives.