Dagens vedvarende tanke / Today’s persistent thought


29 November 2021:

«In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me: But whoso shall cause one of these little ones which believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him [better for him] that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.» (The Gospel according to St. Matthew, Chapter 18, verse 1 through 6, English Revised Version)

Note, dear reader, that the verb here usually translated as «stumble» or «sin» is actually, in the original Greek, a future form of σκανδαλίζω, which can also mean «ensnare». Now, is there anything that is taking place, or that is about to take place, that might «ensnare» (or entrap) the innocent children? I will let you think about that for a while.


17 November 2021:

SOCRATES: For, O my friend Alcibiades! if a man have the power of doing what he pleases, and at the same time want intellect, what will be the probable consequence of such arbitrary power, to himself, if he is a private person, and to the state also, if he governs it? As in the case of a bodily disease, if the sick person, without having medical knowledge, had the power of doing what he pleased, [135a] and if he tyrannized so as that no person would dare to reprove him, what would be the consequence? Would it not be, in all probability, the destruction of his body?

ALCIBIADES: It would indeed.

SOCRATES: And in the affair of a sea voyage, if a man, void of the knowledge and skill belonging to a sea commander, had the power of acting and directing in the vessel as he thought proper, do you conceive what would be the consequence, both to himself and to the companions of his voyage?

ALCIBIADES: I do; that they would all be lost.

SOCRATES: Is it otherwise then in the administration of the state, or in any offices of command or power? If virtue be wanting in the persons who are appointed to them, [135b] will not the consequence be an evil and destructive conduct?

ALCIBIADES: It must.

Taylor, Thomas. Plato: The First Alcibiades: A Dialogue Concerning the Nature of Man; with Additional Notes drawn from the MS Commentary of Proclus (Plato by Thomas Taylor Book 2) . Kshetra Books. Kindle Edition.

An ancient bust depicting the famous Athenian Alcibiades. What a face! Image credit: Wikimedia

3 October 2021: The ancient myths are like a language we cannot understand without first learning the meaning of its most important words: The names of the gods.

Orpheus Leading Eurydice out of Hades, by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. Image credit: Creative Commons

22 September 2021: Those who fear dying due to an excessive love of themselves and the world shall indeed lose their lives; the present one in slavery to their lower selves and the tyrannical masters they deserve, and the life to come because they are rightly destined for damnation, but those who have the courage to let go of everything worldly, if that be required of them, and who fear only the Lord, shall gain both this life and the next, for they shall live and die in this life in freedom and with dignity, regardless of what despots do to their bodies, and they shall have won eternal joy in Heaven, in the habitation I, their Rightful King, have prepared for them, when they depart.

Paraphrase of the words of Christ, as quoted in the Gospels

The amazing sculpture of the Lord, Jesus Christ, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Image credit: Creative Commons.

Is this the head of one of the foremost philosophers
of all time? Bronze bust, a copy of an ancient original
assumed to depict Plato. Dear Plato, a new Platonic
academy, in accordance with your sprit, shall rise
again from the ashes of Corruption, boldly shaking
off the shackles of Modernity, and rendering it Null
and Void.

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