our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a


Verdict Expected in Death of Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie just hours prior to her being crushed in Rafah, Gaza Strip, March 16, 2003 trying to protect a home from demolition. Photo courtesy Rachel Corrie Foundation


The soul descends into generation, after the manner of Kore
She is scattered by generation, after the manner of Dionysus;
Like Prometheus and the Titans, she is bound to body.
She frees herself by exercising the strength of Heracles;
Gathers herself together through the help of Apollo
And the saviour Athene, by truly purifying philosophy;
And she elevates herself to the causes of her being with Demeter.

~Damascius, the last head of the Platonic Academy in Athens, 6th century AD. from The Seven Myths of the Soul by Tim Addey, The Prometheus Trust