The Storm and Stress

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Summary:

Prologue begins in the hospital bed with the protagonist hooked up to machines looking upon a tempest outside his window. He attempts to get up but he is weakened and his leg is in pain so he hits the floor. Hearing a sound he turns around…

The meta-story is based on Greek mythology. Prometheus has a son with a mortal woman and hides the boy away so that no one can discover his plan. Years later, Zeus, looking darkly upon humanity, decides to do them in again. Prometheus, humanity’s once savior, decides to step in and tells Zeus of a possible future where humanity once again praises the divinity with awe and piety. Zeus reluctantly affords Prometheus time if he can change the course of human history before it’s too late.

Daniel Daedalus awakes from his basement apartment where he thinks he can sink no lower. The love of his life has left him. He doesn’t really know much about the world. He has gone about life in a haze not knowing if life has a point, that life has a point. In this moment of reflection and the great contempt he promises to himself to take on the examined life and understand the mysteries within it. As the story unravels we find the hero protagonist living as though he were on the isle of the blest, contemplating questions of first importance.

He begins to read voraciously starting with homer and making his way through history chronologically. Prometheus, watching his son struggle with life, wants him to see beneath the surface of these great works, so he makes a pact with Morpheus the god of dreams. Morpheus admits to Prometheus that have something oddly in common, for they both have a certain sight. However, the ruling principle in Morpheus’ vision is shrouded in mystery. Morpheus agrees and Daniel’s dream world begins to haunt his subconscious where visions and allegories unravel in his psyche throughout the story. 

Prometheus decides to further accelerate his education and traverses the earth and sky in search for gods that will come to his aid in teaching Daedalus. They do: Athena, god of wisdom; Apollo, god of prophecy and poetry; Eusebeia, god of piety and prayer; Urania, god of astronomy; Dionysus, god of wine and religious ecstasy; and Psyche agree. By chance, at a café, Daniel happens to cross paths with a group of intelligentsia, who are the gods disguised as men and a woman, who plan to give wise counsel in their special way. The group consists of a wise philosopher named Frank; a psychologist named Spencer, a physicist named Albert; a man of the cloth named Henry; a poet named Percy; and a drunken woman named Nima, who takes a liking to Percy the poet. Prometheus, also known as John, the god of foresight, takes on the role of the historian, because without hindsight there can be no foresight. They talk about all topic about the nature of metaphysics, history, depth psychology, and philosophy itself in the first part of the tragedy. Meanwhile, John and Daedalus breathe life into Plato and Aristotle. He meets a young woman who attends college named Nausica and they begin to fall in love.

What Zeus did to the once noble titan race didn’t sit well with old Prometheus.  Zeus begins to grow weary and restless of Prometheus’ plans and demands an update. However, Prometheus keeps Zeus in the darkness, because he has plans for Zeus, who rules more by might then by right. As the story moves on Daedalus goes on an intellectual and psychological odyssey. Then tragedy strikes and Daedalus comes into contact with his shadow and what really has a grip on his life. The mind becomes a labyrinth and something is not right with reality, but he can’t quite put his finger on it. Will he make it out alive and will Prometheus’ plan come to fruition?

Part 1

Preface
Prologue
1. Cosmology
2. Homer: The Wrath of Achilles
3. Homer: Odysseus’ Return
4. Café Metaphysics
5. The Dawn of History: Herodotus and Thucydides
6. Depth Psychology Hidden Within Greek Myth and Tragedy
7. Socrates: The Unexamined Life is Not worth Living
8. Philosophy the Crucible of Criticism
9. Plato: Can Meno Be Taught
10. Plato: A Friend in Phaedrus
11. Plato: The Allegory of the Cave
12. Plato: The Symposium and the Ladder of Love
13. Aristotle and Moral Virtues
14. Aristotle on Friendships
15. Aristotle and the Divine Life
Part 2
16. Age of Reason: Descartes and Francis Bacon
17. Milton’s Paradise Lost
18. David Hume: The Great Sceptic
19. Thomas Reid: The Father of Scottish Common Sense Philosophy
20. Immanuel Kant and the Pure Intuitions
21. The Romantic Rebellion
22. William Blake Unshackled
23. Lyrical Ballads
24. Frankenstein’s Creature
25. The Faustian Bargain
26. Tennyson’s In Memoriam
27. Darwin’s Origin of Species
28. Thus, Spoke Nietzsche
29. Matthew Arnold: Literature and Science
30. William James: The Psychologist’s Philosopher
31. William James: The Principles of Psychology
32. Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Discursive Turn
Part 3
33. The Shadow
34. The Break
35. Like Water Running Through My Fingers
36. Reflections in the Darkness

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