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to set the darkness echoing

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to set the darkness echoing

TKP, September 14

Written by Pranaya

September 14, 2013 at 1:55 AM

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  1. “To attempt to leave a mark for long is just hubris, like drawings in the dirt, soon to be swept away in the wind. But to not even attempt would be even worse.”

    Achilles died striving for fame, for glory. He gave up the tranquility afforded by a farm near the sea, all with a hope that his name remain. Yet when Tiresias encountered Achilles in the afterlife, he recounts his woes and regrets for giving up a tranquil life.
    If our attempts to become immortal, through being a homo faber, are, like “drawings in the dirt” then why even attempt? What is the justification of doing something with the hope of remaining? Did God create the world or the prime mover sets things in motion with to hope that mortals will cherish their striving?

    Beautiful eulogy, but to do something with a hope to leave a mark seems hubris. Perhaps immortality runs counter to compassion. There was no compassion when Achilles or Quixote strove for immortality. The alchemy through words, that Heaney created might not have been driven by a need to remain.


    May 14, 2017 at 6:32 PM

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