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Day: September 2, 2010

Dark Myth

Dark Myth

Mythology can be an ugly business. Mythical stories contain some of the most macabre, violent, and psychotic images known to humanity. But, think about it, what would a good story be without these pathological elements? Take the best movies ever made, for instance. The Godfather films contain what most people would consider deviant behavior. Pulp Fiction is another example. My favorite genre, film-noir, deals with very dark subject-matter, but has produced some of the most memorable tales in the history…

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More On Ficino’s Ideas of Soul

More On Ficino’s Ideas of Soul

As I delve further into Marsilio Ficino’s writings on soul, I am beginning to see that it is not a small task. To understand him properly, I think, one must have a firm grasp of Plato’s idea of soul, since Ficino borrows so heavily from him. Plato states in the Phaedrus, “Of the nature of the soul, though her true form be ever a theme of large and more than mortal discourse, let me speak briefly, and in a figure”…

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Mother

Mother

One evening, I sat on the beach here at Palmetto Dunes and gazed into the vast expanse of water we call the Atlantic Ocean. It was twilight and the moon was on the rise. The waves crashed gently, creating chaotic foam-swirls at my feet. The sound of the ocean was hypnotic, inducing a trance-like state of consciousness. On the eastern horizon, I could just make out several lights, probably from shrimp boats. The scene was quite magical and picturesque. I…

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