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Nothing so blatantly ruins or detracts from the heart and spirit (and in turn arts and music in their various forms), than an obsessive preoccupation with money and worldly success. Yet many would have you believe that if there is not big money in or going into whatever it is, it cannot possibly be any good. This mentality along with the shutting down of free and fair competition by organized crime, I humbly submit, is one of the reason why culture, at large and generally, has gone, lavishly no less, to the junk in recent decades and people notwithstanding continue kidding themselves otherwise. In fact much of this same problem and attitude stems from persons who indeed hate heart and spirit (and all good art and music), and this in the service of that munificent benefactor, you guessed it, lord Mysterion. As someone once said, you cannot serve God and Mammon. And if this is too much, the least one could do is show some modesty and restraint in their avarice, tempered by a healthy respect for sportsman like honesty and fair play.
Every and any thing or event has its own "finger-print," so to speak;" just as all persons literally do; so that there is nothing on some level that is not inimitably unique. (Or so it could be reasonably maintained.) This is perhaps all the more true of people and animals, and even plants as well, because they all - if given the chance - are capable of manifesting some form of joy and wonder, albeit fleeting.
Homer's, Vergil's, et al., is the idealized version of what happened, and for that reason, and since he did so well with the subject, can be allowed a few flaws in the small details and unobtrusive historical inaccuracies (but not too many.)
Remember - true poetry (at its heart) is music; so it always helps to improve in that department.
["How To Sing Any Song - Voice Lessons - Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy"]
With Jackie Paper, Pete, and Beanie that, by my count, would make at least three of them.
["Peter Paul & Mary - Puff The Magic Dragon (with Lyrics)" - with pictures by ♫♪♥○MiraCulAko○♥♪♫]
Even though I still can't get him to stop following me around, he hides and refuses to openly identify himself or meet me in the open. To speak truly, I have no doubt he must be one of the most vicious, duplicitous, and rightly hated persons there ever was. Yet despite this, he and others think him superior and that he knows better.
"By hounding, torturing, vandalizing, hacking, and doing things to people I will gain the advantage," says he, "and it will help ME, and not YOU -- muuhh!!!! [i.e., so there!]"
"Enough!," I cried.
"I do things MY way, not YOUR way!"
All of which reminds us that an intelligent person trusts someone who is honest, compassionate and courageous. A fool, on the other hand, trusts someone who SEEMS wise and is powerful. So that at the very least and despite his penchant for anonymity, it can be said of him that he has followers of his own; indeed some of whom are considered quite respectable.
As raised, they were far from being properly educated, loved or cared for. So, not so very surprisingly, when they worked the minimum wage job at the fast food restaurant, they provided less desirable service and less than delectable repast. In consequence of which they now are roundly cursed and despised on Yelp.
Let us therefore first discuss the question of sleep, and afterwards in what way the soul encounters death. Now sleep is certainly not a supernatural thing, as some philosophers will have it be, when they suppose it to be the result of causes which appear to be above nature. The Stoics affirm sleep to be “a temporary suspension of the activity of the senses;” the Epicureans define it as an intermission of the animal spirit; Anaxagoras and Xenophanes as a weariness of the same; Empedocles and Parmenides as a cooling down thereof; Strato as a separation of the (soul's) connatural spirit; Democritus as the soul's indigence; Aristotle as the interruption of the heat around the heart. As for myself, I can safely say that I have never slept in such a way as to discover even a single one of these conditions. Indeed, we cannot possibly believe that sleep is a weariness; it is rather the opposite, for it undoubtedly removes weariness, and a person is refreshed by sleep instead of being fatigued. Besides, sleep is not always the result of fatigue; and even when it is, the fatigue continues no longer.
... For the soul, as being always in motion, and always active, never succumbs to rest—a condition which is alien to immortality: for nothing immortal admits any end to its operation; but sleep is an end of operation. It is indeed on the body, which is subject to mortality, and on the body alone, that sleep graciously bestows a cessation from work...
...If you only regard it as the image of death, you initiate faith, you nourish hope, you learn both how to die and how to live, you learn watchfulness, even while you sleep.
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Treatise on the Soul