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Getting (a bit of) philosophical December 4, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Culture History Mythology, Editorial.
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Some thoughts due to the coming Christmas Season and the Christmas Spirit of Peace on Earth. Humanity, consider yourself warned!

One day out hunting in a wood, Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and commander of the Greek expedition to Troy, killed a stag and boasted he was a finer hunter than the goddess Artemis who, in retribution, held the Greek fleet windbound in the harbour of Auvlis. In return for a fair wind to carry the Greeks to Troy to avenge the abduction of Agamemnon’s sister-in-law Helen, Artemis demanded a blood sacrifice, Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia.

Having conquered Troy and recaptured Helen, the king returned to Mycenae, whereupon, to avenge the sacrifice of her daughter, his wife Clytemnestra savagely stabbed him to death in his bath, before butchering his concubine, Cassandra, with an axe.

Eight years later, Agamemnon’s son, Orestes, encouraged by his surviving sister, Electra, returned to avenge his father’s death by beheading his own mother and her lover, Aegisthus. To exact revenge in turn, Orestes was hunted down by his uncle Menelaus, pursued by the female furies, the Erinyes, and brought to trial before the Areopagus in Athens.

Does this sound familiar?

Conservative educationalists have got a point > we’ve still got a lot to learn from the Greek classics.

The fate of the house of Pelops, told by Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides, warns us what happens when humans get caught up in a revenge cycle. Let’s think of the possible story the Greek playwrights could spin from the struggles and wars between different nations or countries in the modern days.

Is the tragedy and pathos highlighted by heartbreaking personal loss, replaced again?

So what’s the solution, if not?

Unsurprisingly, the Greeks provide an answer > for a revenge cycle to end, an occupant of the throne needs to die in his or her bed. Only a natural death can hand a successor the legitimacy, unity, stability and time needed to build a case.

But how much time is needed? Turning a clepsydra and counting may not be a realistic solution. Time!

How much time do we need? How much time do we have?

To forgive and to be forgiven. How much time does the Christmas Spirit needs to shine its everlasting light on Earth? How much time does Peace needs to arrive, once for good, on Earth?

Do you read me? Can you answer me?

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Comments

1. aeren - December 21, 2006

well, i think that this Christmas spirit has distract people’s attention from the very point of Christmas, the birth of the Saviour. Now we think for Santa, for presents and for other things but not for the main thing. we r missing the point. The one thing i am asking for is “How do u celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus when He is not born in u?” why should we show love to our beloved ones only few days in the year when we have all the days in the year. So, give presents to ur close ones whenever u wish with or without reason ^_^ peace on earth, have a Christmas filled with love

2. aeren - December 21, 2006

i mean “warm” ^_^


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