Nov 202010

In the Cult of Dionysios, after all the ecstatic dancing was concluded, the dancers finished off with an equally ecstatic frenzy of tearing apart and eating the raw flesh of a goat, small deer or other similar animal. Sparagmos is the ritual dismemberment or tearing apart of an animal, whereas omophagia is the act of eating raw flesh. This was a communion ceremony where the worshiper took in the raw nature of Dionysios. These rites were practiced up to the 5th century and well into Roman times.

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Nov 202010

noun. The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps.

Also a musical genre which draws wide dark emotional elements from horror films, gothic music, industrial music, heavy metal music, and/or ambient music/dark ambient. Horripilation music is always centered around the attempt to make the listener generally experience dread, fear, terror, and/or horror. Its sound often involves feelings of intrusion from an evil force, fear of the mysterious, event or personage, sometimes of supernatural origin, on the mundane world and the consequences thereof. [Wikipedia]

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Nov 202010

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”

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Nov 202010

Haeccitas is a philosophical term associated with the philosopher Duns Scotus used to indicate the “thisness” of things, the singularity of a situation, the phenomenon of the here-and-now, the flesh that you can feel and feels pain. I first ran across this in an terrific article by Marina Warner in TLS “Apocalypse and its aftermath” (August 17, 2005).

Quidditas is a philosophical term referring to the essential “whatness” of a thing, or the ultimate substance of which that thing is made. The term was coined by the medieval Scholastics to describe a concept of “substance” they encountered whilst translating Aristotle.

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Nov 202010

The one who understands having grapsed that he is capable of achieving everything sufficient for the good llife immediately and for the rest of his life walks about already ready for burial, and enjoys the single day as if it were eternity.

Philodemus (1st century BCE philosopher)

For epicureans, the only relevant criterion of completeness, and the only relevant project is the achievement of ataraxia, the pleasurable state of complete absence of pain.

I am not an epicurean. There is no possibility of living a life without pain. There is only the possibility of accepting it and moving on from there.

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