Live Now Die Later: A Book for the Sensitive Mind and Rugged Individualist
The sensitive mind and the rugged individualist are portrayed in the literature of antiquity by two brothers, the first-born and the second-born. The mind is the father of two sons. One side of us is conservative, cautious; the other side is radical and adventurous. A part of us is content with the status quo; another part of us seeks change and improvement.
The mind perceives first with the outer five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. Those perceptions are recorded and processed for future use, and thus the mind has five inner senses, the second-born son.
In the Old and New Testaments this concept is expressed through several pairs of brothers. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and Benjamin, Aaron and Moses, John and Jesus are all characters created to illustrate the mind's journey.
The eastern Mediterranean became a marketplace for the exchange of ideas that had their provenance not just in Athens or Alexandria, but made their way westward from India and China well over 2,000 years ago. The lunar calendar and the appearance of the full moon was not just vital to agriculture in Mesopotamia; it spawned metaphors that illustrated the mind at its brightest. Abraham, for example, Hebrew for "father is high," was a moon god who symbolized the full moon, i. e., the moon straight up or high. "Father" is high because the mind is the father of two sons.
Obviously, many concepts evolved independently, but migration and commerce exported and imported more than just figs and wine. Adam and Eve, the male and female of Genesis, are reflected in the yang and the yin of Taoism in ancient China. Elizabeth, Mary and Jesus are a variation of Demeter, Persephone and Dionysus.
Thinkers over the ages have struggled to come to terms with the rough and tumble of daily life. Some have even suggested that life begins in some faraway place after death. Others have tried to find the way to live now and die later.
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... Your Feet ........... ... 93 Stay Down to Earth ............. ..... 96 The Prophet ......... Keep Your Word Or Lose Your Mind . Talk Straight ........... 113 116 ...... 125 Matthew ......... 128 Mark .............. Luke ......... John ..
... earth's crust , both inhabited respectively by benevolent and not so benevolent figures . Most frightening of all is the encounter with those who are convinced the Bible or the Koran or the Talmud tells them what to eat , what to wear ...
... earth " and " in the image of God created he him ; male and female created he them " are metaphorical ways of saying that the world is as you want it to be , as you want to see it . The male and female of the Bible are your thought and ...
... earth was without form , and void ; and darkness was upon the face of the deep . And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters . And God said , Let there be light ; and there was light.1 In the time it takes the sun to rise ...
... earth , and behold , it was corrupt ; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.17 And God said to Noah , The 8.