Friday, 14 July 2017

Fortuna And The West

SM Stirling, The High King Of Montival (New York, 2011), Chapter Ten.

"'Fate and Fortuna willing...'" (p. 208)

See here. I agree that Fortuna rules. Each of us exists only because of a chance meeting between a sperm and an egg.

When Rudi's sister quotes the Histories, i.e., certain works of fiction, he replies, "'True...'" (p. 209) See here.

In the Histories, goodness comes from the West. In the Bible, wise men came from the East. For Chinese Buddhists, their wisdom came from the West and there is a Western Paradise. For many people politically, "the West" means US capitalist power.

These are a few notes that I made while reading this afternoon.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

In Tolkien's Middle Earth mythos goodness came from the West because it was from that direction that the Elves, dwarves, Edain, etc., first came to know of Eru Iluvatar and His servants the Valar, who dwelt in Valinor. But of course you knew that!