clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dante Dante Dante

I read Dostoevsky and Nietzsche at too young an age. I read them when I should have had impressions of a good and hopeful world. That had to be removed quickly. Jesuit education, you understand.

Then, Dante, who was hilarious. Mao. Ah, I loved Mao. There's something about arguing for the common good orchestrated by the party in the midst of a enlightened famine. Well, the famine was past when I read him but I knew about it. The family business, you understand.

I love religion. I find it an almost unfathomable depth of material for my taste in literature. The reluctant and uncaring God is a favorite theme. Also, the enigma of faith. That's bloody awesome.

I just love this picture with the ferula bearing Christ. The image portrays a victim of crucifixion as the strength ebbed. These would have lined the Via Appia after the revolt of the slaves at the end of the third servile war.

When I was a young child, I thought we were the Romans in the whole roman catholic business. You can imagine my disappointment to find out we were the guy on the cross.

I guess that explains why I love the x-ray boost of a good tamper design. I'm more of an old testament guy. No mistaking the meaning of a flood that drowns everybody not on the boat.


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Unknown said...

Are you erudite, or what? I am jealous of your knowledge. You remember "Shoes Of The Fisherman" The Anthony Quinn film as Pope? The ending was terrific. I read the book, but don't rembember it's finale being quite as impressive. From my perspective, the new testament is supposed to be a harbinger of hope. That God has not "spiritually" abandoned us. He does,however, through free will, allow nature to take its course. That is why bad things in our "physical" world happen to good people. This is what, in my humble opinion, the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was all about. Yours truly, Toe.

jack welling said...

I've enjoyed Anthony Quinn's acting. I have a soft spot for _Barabbas_.

It is heavy handed and ham fisted and somehow appeals to my sensibilities.

I'm most grateful for the tenents of religion for without them, I'd have little to use for contrast. Chiaroscuro is my literary technique of choice.