The Necessity of Solitude

February 5, 2013 at 4:30 am (Literature, Quotes) (, , )

I found the perfect little passage for the first week of February.  Enjoy.

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Society is commonly too cheap.  We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.  We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that old musty cheese that we are.  We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war.  We meet at the post-office, and at the sociable, and about the fireside every night; we live thick and are in each other’s way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.  Certainly less frequency would suffice for all important and hearty communications. 

-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Angry, Angry Indra

May 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm (Hinduism, Literature, Mythology & Religion) (, , , , , )

Sometimes I worry that I’m the only one who thinks mythology is funny.

Like tonight, I’m sitting in the breakroom eating some yogurt reading the Ramayana.   Hope you guys aren’t tired of hearing about that book because I’m really not tired of talking about it.  And here’s what makes me laugh: William Buck portrays Indra as one really crank dude.  Every few pages Indra is stomping around and throwing thunderbolts, and not in that regal way the Greeks portray Zeus either.  I mean Indra is just crabby and I think this is hilarious.

Early on Buck writes, “In heaven above, Indra turned and sighed and hissed like an angry snake.  His fine robes were burnt and torn, his face and chest were covered with dried blood.  He was angry; he heard Vasishthas’s [a Brahmin/priest] call and it made him still angrier” (11).

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