Monday, November 14, 2011
Achilles, "what lasting thanks in the long run for warring with our enemies, on and on, no end? One and the same lot for the man who hangs back and the man who battles hard. The same honor waits for the coward and the brave. They both go down to Death..." - Iliad Book 9
The words of the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains for ever...What has been is what will be and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun." - Ecc. 1
David Horowitz, "Man's longing for God can be understood as the need to be released from the pain of being human, even if that pain is paradise itself. To live eternally in paradise without knowledge of what we lacked, even if it was knowledge of evil, even if it was evil, was unhappiness to us. To end our unhappiness, we chose to die." - The End of Time, p. 21
And Achilles is blind to the irony of his own words later on when he says, "how (Agamemnon) mortified me, right in front of the Argives - that son of Atreus treating me like some vagabond, like some outcast stripped of all my rights!" - Ironic b/c maybe that is the human condition; we are all vagabonds, outcasts stripped of our rights.