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Re: [existlist] Re: an Eastern fable....a Western metaphor

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  • George Walton
    That verse pales next to: God said to Abraham, kill me a son Abe said man you must be puttin me on God said, no Abe said What? God said Abe you can
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      That verse pales next to:

      God said to Abraham, "kill me a son"
      Abe said "man you must be puttin' me on"
      God said, "no"
      Abe said "What?"
      God said "Abe you can do what you want, but,
      the next time you see me comin'
      you better run"
      Abe said, "Where do you want this killing done?"
      God said, "down on highway 61"

      Lots of phones down there to be sure.
      But you better bring your own honey.


      Trinidad Cruz <cruzprdb@...> wrote:
      Well Mack the Finger said to Louie the King
      I got forty red white and blue shoe strings
      And a thousand telephones that don't ring
      Do you know where I can get rid of these things
      And Louie the King said let me think for a minute son
      And he said yes I think it can be easily done
      Just take everything down to Highway 61.

      done and done


      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary Jo Malo" <maryjomalo@y...> wrote:
      > George,
      > I lick the honey in between each phone call.
      > Mary
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, George Walton <iambiguously@y...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > From The Outsider by Colin Wilson:
      > >
      > > "Tolstoy has found a parable that brings home to the full the
      > Outsider's attitude to other men: he cites an Eastern fable of a man
      > who clings to a shrub on the side of a pit to escape an enraged beast
      > at the top and a dragon at the bottom. Two mice gnaw on the roots of
      > his shrub. Yet while hanging, waiting for death, he notices some
      > drops of honey on the leaves of the shrub, and reaches out and licks
      > them. This is man, suspended between the possibilities of violent
      > accident death and inevitable natural death, diseases accelerating
      > them, yet still eating, drinking, laughing at Fernandal in the
      > cinema. This is the man who calls the Outsider morbid because he
      > lacks the appetite for honey!"
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > That, it seems, is as reasonable a similitude for encompassing
      > the "human condition" as any other. To say "I am" is perforce to
      > imply "I was not", "I might not have been", "I may not be", "I will
      > not be". The part in the middle therefore must revolve around licking
      > up as much honey as you are able. There is, after all, no other
      > recourse...and no other reason one can think of in the shadow of the
      > abyss.
      > >
      > > So says the optimist.
      > >
      > > The pessimist, however, would, no doubt, be more inclined to
      > embrace the metaphor proposed by John Folwes in The Aristos. It
      > revolves aound imagining human existence as a man sitting at a desk.
      > On top of the desk are various telephones. Each telephone represents
      > a potential calamity one might encounter along the cosmological blink
      > of an eye trajectory from dust to dust. For example: death, sickness,
      > insolvency, lost love, impotence, missed opportunity, money woes,
      > collapsing career, family crisis, emotional and psychological
      > travail, philosphical despair, a crisis of faith, crime, war, social
      > injustice, political outrage, terrorism, prejudice and discrimination
      > etc etc etc.
      > >
      > > Life then basically consist of waiting for the next phone to ring.
      > And hoping it is one of the smaller ones...or the only one.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > george
      > >
      > >
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