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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... thee will I establish my covenant ; and thou shalt come into the ark , thou , and thy sons , and thy wife , and thy sons ' wives with thee.22 What you think must " come into the ark , " that is , the chest where the heart resides , if ...
... thee ; 43 And I will make of thee a great nation , and I will bless thee , and make thy name great ; and thou shalt be a blessing.44 Abraham , who has been identified as a moon - god , 45 was not a " patriarchal " figure as some have ...
... thee alive . Say , I pray thee , 46 Genesis 12 : 9-10 thou art my sister ; that it may be well 17.
... thee.47 You underestimate your own powers of reason until the deception reveals itself to you and beckons you to return to the center of your soul from which life forces spring eternal . Abraham and Sarah represent thought and feeling ...
... thee.51 Previous ways of thinking are not necessarily all bad , as long as we recognize them for what they were and move on . We cannot allow ourselves to get involved in a tug - of - war between the future and the past . 50 Genesis 13 ...