“THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER” PART 2

The Sun now rose upon the right: Out of the sea came he, still hid in mist, and on the left Went down into the sea, And the good south wind still blew behind, But no sweet bird did follow, Nor any day for food or play Came to the mariners’ hollo. And I hadContinue reading ““THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER” PART 2″

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 1

ARGUMENT How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the Cold country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to hisContinue reading “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 1”

INTRODUCING “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER”.

ARGUMENTHow a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to his ownContinue reading “INTRODUCING “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER”.”

IMAGINING AN UP-TO-DATE PLATO’S CAVE.

I made the claim a few week’s ago that Plato’s cave, along with the Tower of Babel, are two ancient stories that help to tell us where we are in the modern world. (I also included Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” but it is hardly ancient.) What is the state of modern knowledge?Continue reading “IMAGINING AN UP-TO-DATE PLATO’S CAVE.”

“THE EYE IS THE LAMP OF THE BODY”: PLATO AND JESUS ON TRUE SEEING.

Both Plato and Jesus demonstrate the need to see clearly. Following the last post on Plato’s Cave here is a poem based on one of the miracles of Jesus. THE SIGHTING John 9 Out of the shame of spittle, by the scratch of dirt, he made an annointing. Oh, it was an agony- the gravelContinue reading ““THE EYE IS THE LAMP OF THE BODY”: PLATO AND JESUS ON TRUE SEEING.”

PLATO’S CAVE

Look carefully at the above image ( with thanks for this to WikkiMedia) which presents a picture illustrating Plato’s allegory of the cave. Note the hunched figures bound so they look in one direction. They see, point to and talk about reflections on the back wall of a cave. The light reflected is caused byContinue reading “PLATO’S CAVE”

“THE TOWER OF BABEL: AN UP-TO-DATE VERSION”

And the most powerful rulers on earth gathered together and said: let us now speak one language. For now that we know the laws of Science and the power of Technology we shall defer to neither God nor Nature. And we shall make the poor peoples of the world give up their traditional agriculture andContinue reading ““THE TOWER OF BABEL: AN UP-TO-DATE VERSION””

GUEST POST: “THE TOWER OF BABEL” (2)

BY RAY INKSTER Genesis 11 begins with the story of the Tower of Babel-but why on earth was it include in the sacred text? In the first eleven chapters of Genesis we are in the realm of myth, which is the expression of the truth in story form. the book itself reached its more orContinue reading “GUEST POST: “THE TOWER OF BABEL” (2)”

THE TOWER OF BABEL

I here use the King James ( or Authorised) version of the story: “And the whole earth was of one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said to one another,Continue reading “THE TOWER OF BABEL”

OLD STORIES THAT TELL US WHERE WE ARE NOW

Myths are not factual but they incorporate profound truths. The Biblical myth of the Tower of Babel speaks of the usurpation by Man of the place of God, claiming power which he is unable to maintain, leading to disintegration. Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, devised what might be called a myth-the myth of the cave-though,Continue reading “OLD STORIES THAT TELL US WHERE WE ARE NOW”