Tuesday, 13 December 2016
We can do something similar with religions provided that we recognize them as stories:
" '...we who are educated, do not take ancestral myths for literal truth, as if we were Christians. They are symbols.
-copied from here.
"The faces of war are two."
-Poul Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), p. 275.
Anderson refers to the "face" of technology, organization, strategy, tactics and philosophy, then to the "face" of individual experience. See here. But the faces of war are many. It is personified as Ares in the Homeric epics, as Mars in the Aeneid and as Tyr in the Eddas and is an impersonal process in much military fiction, including military sf, as we have discovered.
Hindu texts identify Atman with Brahman, i.e., each individual soul with the transcendent, whereas the Buddha taught anatta, no-soul. Both affirm that our sense of separate selfhood is illusory. The most important event in history is the Enlightenment of the Buddha or the Resurrection of Christ...