Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Rhythm of the Seas

I went to a party last night with a couple of boys who sounded remarkably like ancient Greek philosophers. I learned, for instance, that our purpose as humans beings is to try and understand three things in life:

A. the rhythm of the seas

B. The essence of rock (in the geological sense), including all precious and semi-precious stones and geological processes

C. Other human beings

Another young gentleman proposed that “the essence of wetness is water,” not the other way around, as has been the popular belief among philosophy scholars. Also, I learned that male falsetto, when properly executed, approximates the sound of an opening orchid in spring as it releases its energy into the universe. Or, if the performer’s voice is hoarse from smoking too many cigars, it shares instead in the energy of an early morning fog rising off the bayou in August (or maybe a prairie bog).

Compare this with the thought of some ancient philospshers:

Anaximenes of Miletus: “As our soul, being air, holds us together, so do breath and sir surround the whole universe”

Empedocles of Acgragas: “the sea is the sweat of the earth”

Epicharmus of Syracuse: “The fire of the soul is derived from the sun”

And they were coming up with this stuff with apparently no relation to these ancient philosopher guys. Haha


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