“At one stupendous evolutionary moment in pre-history, one of nature’s creatures separated himself from the unconscious flowing and burgeoning of nature and became conscious of himself. Prometheus stole fire. Atom ate the apple. Man sundered his bond with nature and set himself on a course of conscious individuation. In his mythologies, man has forever after felt guilt about that sundering. For when he became conscious of himself, man was able to choose between good and evil, and he realized that he was flawed, striving for good but prone to evil. He had taken a momentous step forward, but something in him, and in his myths, still longed for the half-remembered union with unconscious nature, that innocence lost long ago.”—Owen Lee, author of Wagner’s Ring: Turning the Sky Round
I’ve become so obsessed with this anime, Gankutsuou. It’s an anime version of The Count of Monte Cristo, but that’s not it’s selling point. The show samples real-life patterns overtop its animations, creating multiple planes of movement. It’s so beautiful!
"I do not think the gods delight in ambrosia or nectar or Hebe filling the cups and I do not listen to Homer who says that Ganymede was carried off by the gods for his beauty to serve as cup-bearer to Zeus. Homer imagined these things and attributed human feelings to gods: I had rather he had attributed divine feelings to us." - Cicero, “Tusculanae Disputationes”