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Friday, 24 February 2006

Keep Death Behind You


Death leaves beasts free.
Only we humans foreknow it. Animals
keep death behind them, & before them, God.
And when a beast passes, it passes in
eternity, as rivers run ...
[Rilke, from 8th Duino Elegy]

Thursday, 23 February 2006

Thursday, 16 February 2006

The Superhuman


The beauty of the
Superhuman came to me as a
shadow.
Ah, my brothers!
What are the
Gods to me now!
[Nietzsche TSZ II:24]

Thursday, 9 February 2006

Wednesday, 8 February 2006

The Birth of Dionysos


And Zeus, snatching the sixth-month abortive child from the fire, sewed it in his thigh ...
... and at the proper time undid the stitches and gave birth to Dionysos, and entrusted him to Hermes.
And he conveyed him to the couple Ino and Athamas, and persuaded them to rear him as a girl.
[Apollodorus]