An old, but surprisingly simple insight

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PostMon Jan 09, 2012 10:50 pm » by Tertiusgaudens


Let´s start with old lines, which hit the nail on the head:

Ecclesiastes 1
Everything Is Meaningless
1 The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem:

2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

3 What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
8 All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.


Those lines belong to the most bulky complex in the bible - the book of Ecclesiastes. Very deep, very reluctant, very sober. I wonder the book came into the canon, but I`m glad it did.

I want to come to cults in the Roman Empire. We have:

Roman religion (including urban cults of the city), Roman mythology
Greek religion
Egypt religion
Judaism
Etruacan religion
Celtic religion
Mithras cult, Mithraism
Isis cult
Mystery cults
Christianity
Fratres Arvales
and some others.

Anybody with interest may have a look here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of ... man_Empire) for having a short look upon the decline of the Roman Empire.

This took place 1500 years ago. After this there was the rise of modern European nations including the "baby" USA.

I see similarities today to times of the fall of the Roman Empire. Like there, we have countless cults and religions. Like there, we have many movements within the nations.

I see a time has come of a downfall of old European structures and fundamentals. People become crazy. At the end of Roman times there was panem et circenses, bread and circuses.

There is a good advice even in the old bible, which is not bad at all. Amos 5:13: Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil.

What do you think?
Hope is the thing with feathers...
Emily Dickinson

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