Not yet fully formed

Not yet fully formed

A wonderful comment by Zorba regarding the mental development of his boss.  Not, perhaps, a line to try on your own boss, however true it may seem. See also his equally crushing comment on his boss’s behaviour towards the workers.   “I hope you don’t mind my...
Career choices

Career choices

Here Zorba points out the choices his boss has to make, since you can’t prattle about socialism and be a capitalist at the same time, or at least not without some hypocrisy. See him also put his boss in his place as far as mental development is concerned. “Look...
Untimely-awakened street

Untimely-awakened street

‘The youth’ mentioned here is Jesus, not yet aware of or ready for his destiny, though it pursues him through dreams and rude awakenings. May your street, your sleep, and even your life, be free of untimely awakenings. ‘The youth, still standing,...
Thickly-foliaged cedar

Thickly-foliaged cedar

Another reference to the magnficent cedar, a source of scented sap and sunset-watching shelter. ‘The day grew dim. They lay down under a thickly-foliaged cedar and watched the sunset.’   Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien...
Tear-shaped pellets

Tear-shaped pellets

This is a Biblical land and so perhaps the tear-shaped scented cedar sap pellets came from Lebanon.  Elsewhere the cedar provides a sheltering spot to watch the sunset. ‘The sexton threw tear-shaped pellets of cedar sap into the censer to deodorize the...
Dying for a song

Dying for a song

A surprising, refreshing view of God as one who forgives singers as sinners because he just loves their song. “Shrewd devil, you know very well that God pardons singers no matter what they do, because he can simply die for a song… ”   Source: Nikos...
A sweetened world

A sweetened world

This is a beautiful description of a moment of understanding or enlightenment.  Wherever you are, and whatever you are grappling with, may you have moments when the world about you sweetens, grows circular and fills your grasp.  And death vanishes into the bargain....
When does a world disappear?

When does a world disappear?

When does a world disappear? When inequality goes too far. Inequality seems much in the news these days, an apparently growing bane regardless of how well people are doing at either end of whatever spectrum. This stark and extreme example sums up the iniquity of...

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