See the monkey climb the tree
Everything he needs is there
Protection from the limbs
Fruit for the taking
Perhaps it is the center of his world
Where friends and family gather
They talk amongst themselves in glee
Swinging from vine to vine
No poison in the river, a good year
And the plain is fertile yet
And plows don’t mow the field
And weapons are not yet… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 25, 2010 at 12:57am —
These new feet, high arched and sprite
White as the bone beneath,
Having traversed streams and cobbled walks
Were made for old paths in high places
This cold heart, having eaten Fear
And pumped the blue blood of the Ancient
Into Red with the rising and falling of the lung
Now bursts into flame, a fire bringing Courage
This stale brain, grey and useless as polluted snow
Having been engendered by the twin serpents
Rising from the Ancient… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 25, 2010 at 12:37am —
Marc Chagall, painter - Informed by the Bible, Chagall found that in the Biblical Universe, men could float through the ether willy-nilly, defying gravity and the laws of physics. Chagall's use of color and whimsical flight of fancy motifs (men and women in loving embraces, floating over houses and livestock), animals floating through the air with smiles on their faces, and so on, are a reminder that religion need not be taken so… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 25, 2010 at 12:00am —
Or Grayling contra Comte-Sponville.
Years ago, Andre' Comte-Sponville wrote a little book entitled 'A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues' in which he enumerated the clasiical and developing Virtues and supplied explanations and examinations of each. His book, though thorough and technically proficient left me with somwhat a cold feeling. Something was lacking, though at the time, I couldn't quite put my finger on what that something was.
Enter A.C. Grayling with this… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 24, 2010 at 9:41pm —
Chabon knocked around the title 'Jews With Swords' for this novel, and the title would have been as accurate for this nice little novel. Two gentlemen of the road embark on an erstwhle adventure that winds up being more than they bargained for. Along the lines of nineteenth century Fantasy Lit by writers such as H. Rider Haggard, the book is graced with wonderful illustrations that portray the adventure as one reads it. Along the way, money is made, lost and made again, a supposed deposed… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 23, 2010 at 6:18am —
Artes Liberales. Not to be confused with Artes Illiberales. The latter, in the scholastic age, were considered servile and mercantile or describing craftsmanship. The former, however, were studied by the elite, and were the highway to an education for the free man.
The Artes Liberales are divided into first a trivium, and secondly a quadrivium. The first, the trivium, includes Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric, these three being the… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:51pm —
These are some of the people who get it in my book and some short reasons I think why. I may not agree with their stances, their views, but in my book, they warrant recognition. Some are imaginary (film characters), others are dead, but I speak of all of them as if they were real and alive. In his book 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance', Robert Pirsig describes quality as 'something you can't altogether define, yet you know it when you see it'. The following are those folks who have… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:48pm —
Ireland was populated by the Fir Bolgs, a race of rather large uncouth beings who were known for their dullness. From a cloud of glory, the Tuatha De Danaan descended and claimed the land. Considered gods who themselves were 'sons of Danu', a goddess who was consort to the great Creator, the Danaan were said to have brought crafts and sciences to the island of Ireland. The Mils, from up North, swept down led by their poet Amergin and took over the land from the Tuatha de Danaan. Amergin decided… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:44pm —
During the Enlightenment, philosophically and spiritually, authority and the divine rights of Monarchy were overthrown and democracy ennobled the citizen, who now became free. A new Virtue, Liberty, was innaugurated and the enlightened man sought it and preferred death to the loss of it. Whether your leanings are to the crown or to liberty, you now live in a world where your inaliable rights as a human being have been fought for, won, and continue to be ensured.
After the horrors of… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:41pm —
From Robert Bly's The Sibling Society...
'The work by Bowlby, Winnicott, and Kohut supports the idea that children are basically "warmth-seeking mammals." They attach themselves to whatever object seems to offer warmth and comfort, even if the promise is mostly illusionary, and even if "the object is hostile or frustrating to them." Children "will search for the faintest flickers of light, even if the light illuminates nothing, and even if it carries little warmth." They search - if… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:34pm —
I've been reading Kenneth Grahame's 'The Golden Age' and one thing that strikes me is the impersonal nature of Nature Grahame presents. Grahame uses the death of a bird, where the wind still happily whips throuigh trees and deer simply hop over the carcass to bound on their merry way to point up the fact Nature is impersonal and uncaring in some ways. Later, one of the childeren wishes another for him to be Nature's Ally.
Now more than ever it seems we are needing to come to grips… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:25pm —
It's been over eight years now. No newspaper, no radio news, no television media, except the incidental stuff I've picked up through being in the public and at home as my wife and child have taken in the 'stuff' on a moderate level.
I was to the point I was tired of being constantly barraged with violence and murder, supposedly a representation of the world at large.
I decided to live my everyday life and see what 'stuff' I would encounter from day to day. Would I or mine be… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:22pm —
The old man asked the younger what was troubling him. 'I am bad' answered the young man. 'Why are you bad'? 'Because yesterday I stole bread.' 'Ah, but today, what did you do today?'
The amazing thing to me about the human experience is that we are not static beings. What we did yesterday may have bearing over what is done today, but there are new beginnings, new starts, turning of corners, breaks from the past, we constantly are learning anew and have the…
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:17pm —
In the pythagorean tradition, Reason is the ability of a soul to perceive Beauty. What is Beauty? When one works day in and day out, raises children, supports a spouse, keeps house and pursues a career, when does one have the time to be Reasonable and enjoy Beauty?
This is one sign of modern times not spoken of in many Religious texts, but is covered more in schools of philosoophy, from what I see, where man at certain times must race at breakneck speed in order to keep up with the… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 11:03pm —
Tim Wallace-Murphy provides an illuminating sweep through masonic history, viewing the past through the lens of the craft, providing sketches of personages of note and various movements and even schisms that have been made manifest in the 'world's oldest secret fraternity', or as Wallace-Murphy highlights, a peculiar organization that makes good men better by means of allegory and ritual.
The author begins in Greece, citing the general move toward understanding the cosmos in a… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 8:33pm —
In the first half of this book, Jung uses the dream analysis of a mentally ill patient to draw conclusions based on what he calls universal archetypes. Jung flagrantly filters this person's dream symbolism through his own alchemical bias, where personally I could come up with all kinds of different interpretations that seemed to me just as valid. But I'm no Jung. So moving on. The flip side to the coin, for the first half, is you do get a nice exposure to the tenets of alchemy along with… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 8:30pm —
Titus Burckhardt, whether fixing his attention on the proper philosophy, or the proper architecture, or the proper occultism, brings a liberal yet formiddable intelligence to whichever of these works he sets his hand to.
Burckhardt, when laying out a sacred temple, would have it oriented north-south with one door leading in and one door leading out, ensuring it's earthly and squarely relationship to it's heavenly and circular origin. The language and ideas both sound archaic due to a… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 8:27pm —
Hair and skin color, such are accidents in the objective we can have no control over. We cannot for the most part change much of the Universe we live in, but there is Hope, as we can focus on what we CAN control, our subjective response to the objective Reality that greets us each waking moment. Epictetus lived as a slave and philosopher, steeped in Stoicism and eschewing popularity for living a virtuous, simple life. With true Stoic resolve, Epictetus admonished us to accept fickle Fortune… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 8:22pm —
In modern Western society, we take it for granted what is real lies outside ourselves and is objective, substantial. Highlighted by Plato, however, the 'Real' was subjective and consisted of ideas...the world then emanated from Mind. Living in Alice's Wonderland, us Westerns have lost grasp of this vital Truth and have spent centuries chasing various rabbits down various holes. Comical. Beginning with Orpheus, Godwin traces this perennial philosophy through such luminaries as Pythagoras and… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 8:20pm —
Thomas Moore, influenced heavily by Carl Gustav Jung, and a contemporary of the archetypal psychology school that sprung from Jung's pshyoanalytical movement, puts on quite a breathless show here with this wonderful book.
Moore's thesis is that the soul, as Jung said, should be considered polytheistic, answering to many different archetypes, rather than being One Big Thing cobbled together from the Many. The archetypes include the Father, the Mother, the Puer Aeterna (eternal child)… Continue
Added by Kevin Fuller on March 22, 2010 at 5:30pm —