Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Some Weird Teaching

A lot comes together maybe too quickly in Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword. Odin disguised as Satan lists three Powers greater than gods, demons, men or magic:

the White Christ;

A decidedly mixed bunch!

He adds that Time has many names, e.g.:

the Norns;
others beyond counting.

This notion of Time sounds like the Mithraic one. Odin mentioning Brahm is anachronistic. We can add the Buddhist "Dharma." I forgot to mention here that human beings have a unique and pivotal place in Buddhist cosmology because they alone can create new karma. Birth as a human being in a land where the Buddha Dharma is taught is highly advantageous. Empirically, I have to agree that human beings, unlike other Terrestrial species, are capable of reason, morality and meditation.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

This is only tangentially on topic, but June 28, 2016 marks the 102nd anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand in Sarajevo. That led to WW I and to Western Civilization cutting its own throat. And we are still in the Time of Chaos (as one of Anderson's stories calls this dismal era springing directly from the Sarajevo crime.


Paul Shackley said...

I have lived through over half of that 102 years. How much has happened in that time? How much will happen in the next 102?

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

As with all human life, much good has also happened throughout those 102 years, along with far too much that is bad and sheerly evil. And I don't think the next 102 years will be any different.

If I had to mention the single greatest frustration of my lifetime, that would be how LITTLE has actually been done in space since 1973. We STILL have no bases/colonies on the Moon, no bases on Mars, no O'Neill habitats, no expeditions to the asteroid belt, etc.