Sunday, 12 June 2016
The Wisdom Of Hadding
I hope that readers of these posts also read the comments. Recently we have discussed the Bible and the Paris Commune. We start with Poul Anderson but from there we can go anywhere. The sky is the limit. And we need more points of view.
"'...what I've seen in my life whispers to me that sometimes the gods themselves must go by strange roads toward ends that are unknown to men.'"
-Poul Anderson, War Of The Gods (Tor Books, New York, 1999), p. 152.
He senses this partly because he is himself an incarnated god without yet realizing it. I think that what he says reflects the processes of spiritual growth. We learn by sometimes taking wrong roads.
"'We cannot let the harm done to a goodly folk like the Niderings go unavenged. Otherwise lawlessness will spread like wildfire, along with trollery and everything else unhuman. Could this be why the gods hold back their help?'" (p. 153)
The gods do not help us because we must help each other? Or because they are not there? Either way, theists and atheists must agree on practical measures for the good of society. In Ys, Rufinus worked for Gratillonius who cooperated with Corentinus. In the twentieth century, a Jain taught Gandhi who inspired Martin Luther King.
"Softly Thorfinn voiced the words of old.
"Kine die, kinfolk die,
"And so at last oneself.
"This I know that never dies:
"How dead men's deeds are deemed.
"'True,' said Hadding." (p. 161)
That is a good verse but I think that its second line is redundant. I imagine that, at some multi-faith gathering, I am invited to contribute short readings or recitations to express traditions with which I have some sympathy.
For Norse Paganism:
"Nine worlds I knew, the nine that are in the Tree..."
Then the above minus line 2.
For materialist philosophy:
"Nothing is eternal but eternally changing, eternally moving matter and the laws according to which it moves and changes."
"Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
"A bubble in a stream,
"A child's laugh, a phantasm, a dream."
For the Bible:
"I said, "Ye are gods.'"
something from the Gita on karma yoga.
Addendum - For Mithraism:
"Tene Mithra, etiam miles, fidos nostris votis nos." (See here.)