November 28th, 2012

16: Imprints of Death

Light, happy thoughts about childhood and innocence and…death. Other breezy issues: Does the universe’s bigness bring comfort or dread? Does avoiding irrational exuberance bring us closer to the truth of reality or deny an element of our human perspective? Some issues with distortion in this one (on Brave’s side). It’s only bad in one spot, otherwise it’s fine. Apologies for that.

Note: Brave says that during Roman triumphs, a eunuch or slave would whisper “This too shall pass” or something like that. According to wikipedia: “The words that the slave is said to have used are not known, but suggestions include “Respice te, hominem te memento” (“Look behind you, remember you are only a man”) and “Memento mori” (“Remember (that you are) mortal”).”

Links:
Memento Mori
The Story of the Taoist Farmer
Marc Maron: Todd Hanson (“Don’t Ruin Birds For Me”)
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die
Here’s a few links regarding terms like “collateral damage” and other military/intelligence speak: Collateral Language: Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamiam; Warspeak: Linguistic Collateral Damage; Pentagon Language Translation Guide

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