Faust Translating the Bible

When Faust translates the bible, from "In the beginning was the Word" to "In the beginning was the Act!" I believe, what this ultimately means is, the "act" posits freedom. So, the "act" is the first act of freedom first expressed, which also embodies freedom for others. This is the divine's ultimate purpose, an ever-creating … Continue reading Faust Translating the Bible

Poetry and Philosophy

How should the soul be instructed? Plato gives two accounts to lead men's souls to the harmony of justice. One account is the allegory of the cave, the other is Diotima's ladder of love. I often think of Plato watching the great tragedies, taking notes in the bleachers. Does philosophy get us further down the … Continue reading Poetry and Philosophy

Paradiso Canto 4: The Usage of the Timaeus as Comparison to Heaven

In Paradiso, Canto 4, Beatrice tells Dante, You reason: 'if my will to good persists, why should the violence of others cause the measure of my merit to be less?' And you are also led to doubt because the doctrine Plato taught would find support by souls, appearing to return to the stars... (lines 19-24) … Continue reading Paradiso Canto 4: The Usage of the Timaeus as Comparison to Heaven

Passage to the Underworld (The Fall of Mephisto writing sample)

The cavern covered the riverbank completely, and there was a pale glow of light far, far ahead on the other side of a great mass of water. The mist ahead obfuscated his eyesight, making the path ahead blurry and undiscernible. Mephisto approached the figure. He wore a dirty, dark robe, and his eyes shined like … Continue reading Passage to the Underworld (The Fall of Mephisto writing sample)

Dissonance in The Deep (Writing Sample from Undercurrents)

The angel rose from his throne, spread his wings, and shot off into the darkness, further, and further, past the dying stars and floating asteroids. Until the gravitational pull was no more, he shone his light into the darkness, but he saw nothing. He strained his eyes and shone brighter, but it was folly, for … Continue reading Dissonance in The Deep (Writing Sample from Undercurrents)