Hey there fox…
I think I am in love…
*The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.
*If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
*Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. Public libraries depend on voluntary contributions. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
*Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
*We are star-stuff.
-love, Carl Sagan
It’s all Greek to me…
I am currently reading a book titled, Greek Myths and Legend.
It really amazes me how the stories within this book are quite similar to those stories in the bible. I think that speaks volumes of the power of myth and the grip that stories have upon us, even when pesky logic try to get all up in it, the myth often prevails. I remember listening to an interview with George Lucas and Terry Gross (hearts) on fresh air and Mr. Lucas shinning his lightsaber on his conscious construction of star wars embodying myths of old.
In an interview with Bill Moyer, Lucas says, “Well, when I did Star wars, I consciously set about to recreate myths. And the classic mythological motifs. And I wanted to use those motifs to deal with issues that existed today.” I think that is pretty obvious that star wars was a hit and that these prevailing myths touch us in a way that makes us spend lots of money at the movie theaters, buy action figures as adults, and become people like Trekkies, wait that is Star Trek (I always get them confused), anyways you get the point…ps you should really watch Trekkies if you haven’t.
There is this really cool educational project done by ABC Australia, winged sandals, where you can learn and interact with classic mythological figures. You can listen to stories, play games, make crafts, ask the oracle about your future and other fun things. I asked the oracle some questions and it told me look in jars. Really it said, “I will find the answer in a jar.”
Moving to more myth, more magic and The Unicorn! I just listened to this, In our Time, podcast with Melvyn Bragg about the Unicorn.
I then made a little video about how to tell if you have a real unicorn horn or not. Check it out, it could be helpful.