McCarthy and the Bible

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  • 15 Apr 2012 at 5:00 pm #883

    Candy Minx
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    Erghhhh every time I edit…it bounces back to the improper version by my spellcheck.

    The quote is not using the term “per human” it is supposed to be “prehuman”…

    And by the way…Evidence of prehumans settled around campfires dates further back than a million years sometimes 4 million years. Long before published versions of sacred texts. I think it’s easy to assume that wisdom comes from philosophy or religion…but wisdom and many of the customs and “essential” ideas and stories and behaviours are part of what being a human is. Yes, we can find poetry and counsel in sacred texts or philosophy that add or subtract from us as a social creature with at least a million year history of poetry, storytelling, music, incantations, wisdom sharing anecdote sharing before the bible. I believe it’s likely that the recurring motifs found between sacred texts were born around these campfires.


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    17 Apr 2012 at 2:45 am #891

    Bunny McVane
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    In regards to feet:

    “But Diel makes the revolutionary assertion that the foot is a symbol of the soul, possibly because it serves as the support of the body in the sense of keeping a man upright. He quotes examples which show that, in Greek legends, lameness usually symbolizes some defect of the spirit–some essential blemish. Jung corroborates this, observing that Hephaestus, Wieland th Blacksmith and Mani all had deformed feet. May it not be that certain talents are given to men to compensate for some physical defect?” –from a Dictionary of Symbols by J.E. Cirlot, 1962 (translated from Spanish)

    “And they are dancing, the board floor slamming under the jackboots and the fiddlers grinning hideously over their canted pieces. Towering over them all is the judge and he is naked dancing, his SMALL FEET lively and quick and now in doubletime and bowing to the ladies . . . ” BM(335)

    Sounds like a good paper topic.


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    17 Apr 2012 at 8:45 am #896

    Candy Minx
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    Richard 3, Kayser Soze, Pollyanna, Achilles, Mattie, Tiny Tim, Klara Sesemann, the Indian parable of the lame and the blind…


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    17 Apr 2012 at 9:41 am #897

    Bunny McVane
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    and don’t forget Jimmy Blevins. I think footwear goes along with feet. He loses his boot early on, and if memory serves right his feet are broken before his execution.

    I’ve been thinking about feet ever since I read Glass’s post. I’ve had a lot of foot issues in my life.


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    21 Apr 2012 at 8:24 am #966

    Glass
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    Good stuff on the feet. There is a good paper waiting there for someone, Bunny.

    Related to some ideas I’ve been pursuing regarding the Wholly Other God in McCarthy, I’ve been wondering if the judge is in some way referring to the concept of http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosis and sacrifice when he says to the kid, “Only each was called upon to empty out his heart into the common and one did not.” (BM 307, my bold)

    I also thought of Suttree wrt to this idea of self-emptying, and to make oneself nothing as in Philippians 2:6-11.


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