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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Preface Many people hope their problems will all fade away if they simply " believe in Jesus . " No approach to life could be less realistic , nor farther removed from the original meanings of the ancient writings that became known as ...
The common theme is simply that in order to live life to the fullest what you see , hear , touch , taste and smell must be a reflection of who you are on the inside . The outside world must conform to the inside world , and you and you ...
You should see yourself as physically and mentally fit and you simply need to follow the path that takes you there . Several key figures portray the mind as it moves across a landscape of self - discovery and the quest for wisdom .
As an integral part of the structure , the rib is referred to as an arc.5 The authors of Genesis simply used a handy metaphor . Anatomy dates back to highest antiquity . It is common knowledge that Egyptian priests practised the art of ...
And there was a famine in the land ; and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there ; for the famine was grievous in the land.46 When you are reluctant to have faith in your instinct , spontaneity , natural curiosity or when you simply ...