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W. B. Yeats, Ideas of Good and Evil (1903)

ideas of good and evil

I thought, so far as I can recollect my thoughts after so many years, that if a powerful and benevolent spirit has shaped the destiny of this world, we can better discover that destiny from the words that have gathered up the heart’s desire of the world, than from historical records, or from speculation, wherein the heart withers. Then I met with a seer who could say to me, ‘I have a vision of a square pond, but I can see your thought, and you expect me to see an oblong pond,’ or, ‘The symbol you are imagining has made me see a woman holding a crystal, but it was a moonlight sea I should have seen. The Accusation of Sin produced its necessary fruit, hatred of all that was abundant, extravagant, exuberant, of all that sets a sail for shipwreck, and flattery of the commonplace emotions and conventional ideals of the mob, the chief Paymaster of accusation. The ancients, he says, ‘consecrated a cave to the world’ and held ‘the flowing waters’ and the ‘obscurity of the cavern’ ‘apt symbols of what the world contains,’ and he calls to witness Zoroaster’s cave with fountains; and often caves are, he says, symbols of ‘all invisible power; because as caves are obscure and dark, so the essence of all these powers is occult,’ and quotes a lost hymn to Apollo to prove that nymphs living in caves fed men ‘from intellectual fountains’; and he contends that fountains and rivers symbolize generation, and that the word nymph ‘is commonly applied to all souls descending into {120} generation,’ and that the two gates of Homer’s cave are the gate of generation and the gate of ascent through death to the gods, the gate of cold and moisture, and the gate of heat and fire. ’ Dante, who deified law, selected its antagonist, passion, as the most important of sins, and made the regions where it was punished the largest. He kept the doors too, as it seems, of those less transitory minds, the genius of the family, the genius of the tribe, or it may be, when he was mighty-souled enough, the genius of the world.

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The Real Meaning of 'Good' and 'Evil'

ideas of good and evil

He lived in Ireland, where everything has failed, and he meditated frequently upon the perfection of character which had, he thought, made England successful, for, as we say, ‘cows beyond the water have long horns. I myself had no knowledge of {46} casting an imagination upon one so far away. I had a conviction, which indeed I have still, that one’s verses should hold, as in a mirror, the colours of one’s own climate and scenery in their right proportion; and, when I found my verses too full of the reds and yellows Shelley gathered in Italy, I thought for two days of setting things right, not as I should now by making my rhythms faint and nervous and filling my images with a certain coldness, a certain wintry wildness, but by eating little and sleeping upon a board. It's not even in the top 10 anymore. May we not learn some day to rewrite our histories, when they touch upon these things too? In Mont Blanc, a poem so overladen with descriptions in parentheses that one loses sight of its logic, Shelley compares the flowing through our mind of ‘the universe of things,’ which are, he has explained elsewhere, but thoughts, to the flowing of the Arne through the ravine, and compares the unknown sources of our thoughts in some ‘remoter world’ whose ‘gleams’ ‘visit the soul in sleep,’ to Arne’s sources among the glaciers on the mountain heights.

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The Real Meaning of 'Good' and 'Evil'

ideas of good and evil

I have read of it in ‘Paracelsus’ and in some Indian book that describes the people of past days as still living within it, ‘Thinking the thought and doing the deed. If we do not, we may go mad some day, and the enemy root up our rose-garden and plant a cabbage-garden instead. ’ The Gael of the Scottish islands could not sing his beautiful song over a bride, had he not a memory of the belief that Christ was the only man who measured six feet and not a little more or less, and was perfectly shaped in all other ways, and if he did not remember old symbolical observances - I bathe thy palms In showers of wine, In the cleansing fire, In the juice of raspberries, In the milk of honey. Lessons of Good and Evil in The Inferno In The Inferno, Dante explores the ideas of Good and Evil. And, is Dante's view of Jason and his sentence in Hell appropriate? The oneness of the Creator- an Idea so simple that many find it hard to grasp- who had created a beginning with purpose, implied the oneness of all his creation, and thus the promise of an eventual coming of shalom a dynamic of all things working together for the good, not a cessation of anything- except evil.

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Ideas of Good and Evil by W. B. Yeats

ideas of good and evil

Anakin knew that someone important to him would die if he didn't become strong enough to protect her. I know how to empathise and this means I'm not evil. Radical values can be seen as either a very old or a very new view: that the only intrinsically good thing is a flourishing ecosystem; individuals and societies are merely instrumentally valuable, good only as means to having a flourishing ecosystem. Thus, evil does not exist, and is relative to man. Now it is a picture of some great room full of merriment, now of the wine-press, now of the golden threshing-floor, now of an old mill among apple-trees, now of cool water after the {84} heat of the sun, now of some well-sheltered, well-tilled place among woods or mountains, where men and women live happily, knowing of nothing that is too far off or too great for the affections.

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Ideas of good and evil (Book, 1914) [ecpmwarez.com]

ideas of good and evil

Â’ Indeed all he writes seems to me like the make-believe of a child who is remaking the world, not always in the same way, but always after its own heart; and so unlike all other modern writers he makes his poetry out of unending pictures of a happiness that is often what a child might imagine, and always a happiness that sets mind and body at ease. Among all that speak English in Australia, in America, in Great Britain, are there many more than the ten thousand the prophet saw, who have enough of the written tradition education has set in room of the unwritten to know good verses from bad ones, even though their mother-wit has made them Ministers of the Crown or what you will? Shelley could not help but see her with unfriendly eyes. Â’ and these lines are perfectly symbolical. These doctrines are - 1 That the borders of our minds are ever shifting, and that many minds can flow into one another, as it were, and create or reveal a single mind, a single energy. The violinist had played it, or something like it, but had not written it down; but the man with the wind instrument said it could not be played because it contained quarter-tones and would be out of tune.

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Do Good and Evil Exist?

ideas of good and evil

This applies to dictators like Stalin and Hitler, and to serial killers and rapists. His mind, like the minds of so many students of these hidden things, was always running on masonry and discovering it in strange places. This leads us to a surprising conclusion: that, since every being, in so far as it is a being, is good, if we then say that a defective thing is bad, it would seem to mean that we are saying that what is evil is good, that only what is good is ever evil and that there is no evil apart from something good. From that day to this I have been busy among the verses and stories that the people make for themselves, but I had been busy a very little while before I knew that what we call popular poetry never came from the people at all. The real evil lies in the lie. On the afternoon when I had been thinking so intently I had suddenly appeared there amid a crowd of people in a hotel and as seeming solid as if in the flesh.

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Ideas of Good and Evil by W.B. Yeats

ideas of good and evil

He then attempts to defend the concept of the flexibility of good and evil. It means being able to see beyond the superficial difference of race, or nationality and relate to a common human essence beneath them. Mackail says, I think, that they vexed him and wearied him. The member of the group, whom I have already so often quoted, has alone praised worthily these illustrations to the first eclogue: ‘There is in all such a misty and dreamy glimmer as penetrates and {193} kindles the inmost soul and gives complete and unreserved delight, unlike the gaudy daylight of this world. Five hundred years ago witches were drowned because they it was thought they were possessed by the Devil. It was a bad time she took for telling me that, it was shutting the door after the house was robbed. We had no Gaelic, but paid great honour to the Irish poets who wrote in English, and quoted them in our speeches.

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Do Good and Evil Exist?

ideas of good and evil

Even ‘great Plato’ is there because he knew joy and sorrow, because life that could not subdue him by gold or pain, by ‘age or sloth or slavery,’ subdued him by love. We thought something must have happened to you last night, that you had {45} been run over maybe’ - or some such words. This idea is carried forward in the view and has given rise to the movement and parts of the. A counter-argument is that only a tiny fraction of humans could do this—and they would be self-selected by ability to do on others for instance, the ability to create large spacecraft to flee the planet in, and simultaneously fend off others who seek to prevent them. The evoker of spirits said they must be making some kind of masonic house.

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Dante's Divine Comedy

ideas of good and evil

‘You promised me a thing that was hard for you, a ship of gold under a silver mast; twelve towns and a market in all of them, and a fine white court by the side of the sea. And therein are mixing bowls and jars of stone, and there moreover do bees hive. ’ So when man’s desire to rest from spiritual labour, and his thirst to fill his art with mere sensation and memory, seem upon the point of triumph, some miracle transforms them to a new inspiration; and here and there among the pictures born of sensation and memory is the murmuring of a new ritual, the glimmering of new talismans and symbols. If these poets, who have never ceased to fill the newspapers and the ballad-books with their verses, had a good tradition they would write beautifully and move everybody as they move me. He cannot even think of nobility and happiness apart, for all his people are like his men of Burg Dale who lived ‘in much plenty and ease of life, though not delicately or desiring things out of measure.

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