I d hoped these posts would be a bit more regular, but here is another. Last time I talked about dealing with setbacks. Today I d like to talk a bit aboutMessage 1 of 5 , Jun 2, 2008View SourceI'd hoped these posts would be a bit more regular, but here is another.
Last time I talked about dealing with setbacks. Today I'd like to
talk a bit about conflict. One of the unfortunate effects of many of
the social experiments of the sixties is this overwhelming opinion
that conflict, in and of itself is inherently bad.
Conflict is a gift from the gods. Conflict prods us to action and
provides us with the potential of an energetic response to it.
The choice we make in how to respond to conflict is what can be
interpreted as "bad" or "good".
If your boss informs you that they don't think your work is of
sufficient quality, you can use that conflict as motivation to improve
your performance or look elsewhere for employment.
You could also break their nose. I would discourage this, as
satisfying as the contemplation of it might be, in most situations
it's probably not going to be a good move.
These choices are one example of something that separates ordinary
folk from those on the Heroic Path. It's far easier to blame
something than it is to pick up the burden and be strengthened by it's
I find it interesting that you should begin to talk about conflict today. When I think of conflict I envision the 10 of Swords from the tarot and Eris, theMessage 1 of 5 , Jun 3, 2008View SourceI find it interesting that you should begin to talk about conflict today. When I think of conflict I envision the 10 of Swords from the tarot and Eris, the Greek concept of strife. As a priestess of Hers I find that life can seem "rife with strife" (pardon the bad rhyming, couldn't help it). I have been actively practicing with Her since 2003 and have found that I have a new appreciation for Her energies. Much akin to stress, strife/conflict has it's place in our lives. To be considered is the Buddhist concept...that we create our own suffering by wanting what we do not possess. Now all these things aside I like to think of it as this: We are human and fallible and it is that fallibility that makes us human and gives us the capacity to do better and to learn more. Without making mistakes we cannot see our folly from our successes and in seeing these things we may learn (note: "may"). Therefore we should have an appreciation for these inherent and yet uncomfortable feelings. The creation of conflict and its resolution is a step forward and a lesson learned. So take joy in your conflict and view the challenge as a chance to succeed or at the very least learn.
Here s a good discription of both Arete (aka excellence) and its companion concept Agon (aka competition) that I have found in my meanderings. Arete isMessage 1 of 5 , Jun 3, 2008View SourceHere's a good discription of both "Arete" (aka excellence) and its
companion concept "Agon" (aka competition) that I have found in my
Arete is simply excellence and the striving for excellence in all
things.. Arete means the act of offering all actions as a sort of
sacrament to excellence, of devoting one's life to finding
excellence, identifying it when it offers itself, and achieving it in
You can't ACHIEVE excellence in all things, but you have to TRY. And
why would you NOT want to?
Every action you do not try to do this with you actually insult.
Eating -- eat as if it were your last meal. Prepare the food as if
there were no more food!
Sacrifices to the Gods -- You must make each sacrifice as if the
lives of your family depended upon your energy and devotion and focus.
Loving -- Yes, love as if it were the most important thing in the
world, but make it - like all other things - just one star in the
constellation that is Arete.
The Agon is simply the comparison of all things like, one to the
other, and the judgement of all of those things as equal to, greater
than or lesser than. All things in the universe take part in the
dynamic of agon.
Is a manure salesman alive today a better man than the Heros were
even though they are dead and he is not? One must be able to compare
men - and women - and that is why both Agon and Arete are needed. The
final judge is you -- you were created with eyes with which to see,
hands with which to hold and weigh, a heart with which to feel and a
mind to learn the rules of judgment.
This judgment must be approached with Arete in mind.
... *applauds*Message 1 of 5 , Jun 3, 2008View SourceOn Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 8:31 PM, Anne <eriseanlady@...> wrote:
> Here's a good discription of both "Arete" (aka excellence) and its*applauds*
> companion concept "Agon" (aka competition) that I have found in my
... This description was actually found in the novel Ilium by Dan Simmons. It actually goes into further depth about the concept of Agon, but I m prettyMessage 1 of 5 , Jun 3, 2008View Source--- In HerculesInvictus@yahoogroups.com, "bronto sproximo"
>This description was actually found in the novel "Ilium" by Dan
> On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 8:31 PM, Anne <eriseanlady@...> wrote:
> > Here's a good discription of both "Arete" (aka excellence) and its
> > companion concept "Agon" (aka competition) that I have found in my
> > meanderings.
Simmons. It actually goes into further depth about the concept of
Agon, but I'm pretty sure I encapsulated it fairly well.