clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Not Enough to Go Around

At left, a photograph of the Tusculum bust of Julius Caesar believed to be an accurate portrait from life. The photograph is here thanks to the generosity of Gautier Poupeau of France as taken at the Exposition at the Grand Palais. Wikicommons provides the source the the terms of use.

I like Caesar.

I was disappointed as a child to learn Roman Catholic didn't mean what I thought it meant and the poor bastard up on the cross was supposed to be the hero.

Didn't work for me.

I'm not a fan of religion. I can think of a lot of reasons to kill a man, even kill a man's child. Religion isn't one of those reasons.

I don't have characters moved by faith. I don't like illusion and I don't like my protagonists to be subject to illusion.
Deceit? Sure.

Not illusion.

Religion is a lot like hope to me. Hope is not a method and I'm first an implementation type of guy.

So was Caesar. Solved that whole problem of Gaul.

There's something to like in pragmatism - even if it gets you killed in the end.

We're all gonna die.

Even Gods die.

Meet any Ahura Mazda worshipers lately?  He had a pretty good run in his time.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I can completely understand your opinion of religion...too many terrible deeds done in its name.

I'm a fan of Caesar, too. :) Loved the Shakespeare play, although I think the Bard took a lot of artistic liberty.

Hope you have a good weekend, Jack!

jack welling said...

Happy happy.

We all look a lot better on stage ... especially after we're dead and not around to mess up the illusion!

I'm thinking of going for the whole Prospero look myself. I like the reformed scheme bit at the end of the play.