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the myth of Tantalus, revisited

According to Greek myth, Tantalus is eternally tantalized… Whenever he tries to grab one of the fruit dangling above him, it leaps from his hand. He stands neck-deep in a pool of water.  But if he tries to take a … Continue reading

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fable of the woman who wanted to feel deeply

We built a research station on our Moon… Beautiful both in design and function. And the resident scientists were also beautiful—beautiful in the way they worked.  Immersed.  Relentless.  Devoted. Nonetheless, they’d take a break occasionally and gather by the big … Continue reading

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fable of the race between the workhorse and the speed horse

So why did the slow workhorse want to race the speed horse? Well, having heard the story of the tortoise and the hare, she had hope. As for the speed horse… She agreed to the contest because she wanted people … Continue reading

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the fable of Fox’s choices

Many or most know about the fox and the sour grapes… We know how the fox leapt and leapt and leapt, but despite his fierce effort, couldn’t reach that luscious bunch of grapes dangling above him. “Those grapes are probably … Continue reading

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the fable of the dog who sees beauty

One day, while the dog lolled in the grass on her back… …a cool shadow suddenly dimmed the sunlight. The dog looked up to find a big cloud towering above her.  The puffs of white piled one on top of … Continue reading

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More Than Words

  If the words of our new mythology need to provoke spiritual feeling… Then perhaps we should consider this haiku: The sky is high: the tips of tendrils have nowhere to cling.         — Takahama Kyoshi (trans. Bownas/Thwaite)  When I first … Continue reading

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A Sin Becomes a Sacrament

  While reading Simon Blackman’s philosophical examination of Lust*… I reflected on my own experience of this so-called “deadly sin”… To me, Lust seems less deadly than four of the other seven sins—greed, gluttony, envy, anger—and no more harmful than pride … Continue reading

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