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Local Rebel
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0 posted 02-15-2004 01:03 AM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Brad tickled a memory of this by Nikos Kazantzakis, the Greek poet and novelist:

quote:

"Blowing through heaven and earth, and in our hearts and the heart of every living thing, is a gigantic breath -- a great Cry -- which we call God. Plant life wished to continue its motionless sleep next to stagnant waters, but the Cry leaped up within it and violently shook its roots: ‘Away, let go of the earth, walk!’ Had the tree been able to think and judge, it would have cried, ‘I don’t want to. What are you urging me to do! You are demanding the impossible!’ But the Cry, without pity, kept shaking its roots and shouting, ‘Away, let go of the earth, walk!’

"It shouted in this way for thousands of eons; and lo! as a result of desire and struggle, life escaped the motionless tree and was liberated.

"Animals appeared -- worms -- making themselves at home in water and mud. ‘We’re just fine here,’ they said. ‘We have peace and security; we’re not budging!’

"But the terrible Cry hammered itself pitilessly into their loins. ‘Leave the mud, stand up, give birth to your betters!’

"‘We don’t want to! We can’t!’

"‘You can’t, but I can. Stand up!’

"And lo! after thousands of eons, man emerged, trembling on his still unsolid legs.

"The human being is a centaur; his equine hoofs are planted in the ground, but his body from breast to head is worked on and tormented by the merciless Cry. He has been fighting, again for thousands of eons, to draw himself, like a sword, out of his animalistic scabbard. He is also fighting -- this is his new struggle -- to draw himself out of his human scabbard. Man calls in despair, ‘Where can I go? I have reached the pinnacle, beyond is the abyss.’ And the Cry answers, ‘I am beyond. Stand up!’"




If we draw ourselves from the human scabbard -- what is next?

Brad
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1 posted 02-15-2004 10:12 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

LR,

No offense attended, but I keep thinking of Buffy's musical. "Where do we go from here?"


Curious if you've read Sterling's "Distraction"

Perhaps, the next step is becameral?
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2 posted 02-15-2004 01:39 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Well I don't know why I would be offended... I think Kazantzakis begs a little, um, derision...    

What passed for being deep and esoteric in the sixties looks a little pretentious and melodramatic in ought-four... if not a lot...

But, no, I haven't read 'Distraction' -- probably for the last decade or so I ingest my fiction via movies or television -- most of my reading goes into research, education, news, or net-poetry..

But, from what I've heard about it -- it's about the political art of spin...

Is it your contention that the ability to shape the truth into whatever we want it to be is a characteristic that will be emphasized through natural selection?  Hasn't it already been?  

I'm not sure what the context is of your reference to the next step being bicameral?  Expound please?

Looking at just some basic steps in evolution though -- the study of canine genetics has shown that the domestication of that species also resulted in changes in the human race -- about the time the agressiveness was bred out of the early cousins of wolves it also seems to have diminished in humans and we became more gracile -- was this because our proximity to a somewhat symbiotic 'protector' species permitted it?

The same studies also show that dogs understand human social situations/cues even better than our nearest genetic cousins -- chimpanzees...

Looking at the changes in environment, education, technology, and the move from rural/agrarian society into city/techno cultures -- I think it's a curious question -- what are the traits that will begin to dominate as we develop further -- or -- will we all regress into Jerry Springer guests?

Just looking at the American Television/Prosperity generation and its resulting pandemic obesity problem -- will we develop into blobs or will our genetics learn how to handle the land of plenty -- if it does -- what would happen to the genome if a time of calamity did strike?
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"If we draw ourselves from the human scabbard -- what is next?"

A butterfly, I hope  
 
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