Heaven and Hell (and Aspiration)

Harry Chapins song "Taxi" contains the words:

"Oh, I've got something inside me, to drive a princess blind.
There's a wild man wizard, he's hiding in me, illuminating my mind.
Oh, I've got something inside me, not what my life's about,
Cause I've been letting my outside tide me over 'till my time, runs out."

The poignancy of these and other verses of this song is beyond words. We each contain within us a poet, a dancer, a lover, a slave, a master, a jester, a god-man, and a tragic hero.

Perhaps in actively and consciously seeking the highest, and feeling the power of the universe within us, we must also experience the fall of Eve. I wish it were not so.


"The curtain rises on the scene,
With someone chanting to be free.
The play unfolds before my eyes,
Descends the actor who is me.

It's such a rainy afternoon,
She sits and gazes from her window.
Her mind tries to recall his face,
A feeling deep inside her grows.

The sound I have heard in your hello,
Oh darling, you're almost part of me.
Oh darling, you're all I'll ever see."

(above by Justin Hayward, Moody Blues - "The Actor")

"I've been so far from here,
Far from your loving arms,
Now I'm back again, and babe it's gonna work out fine.
Can't you feel our souls ignite
Shedding ever changing colours,
in the darkness of the fading night,
Like the river joins the ocean,
as the germ in a seed grows
We have finally been freed to get back home."

(above by Genesis, - "Supper's Ready" on "Foxtrot", the music transcends the words here.)

I'm not intimately familiar with Joseph Cambell's writings, but my own suspicion is that the core myth of the human condition is what I call "The Lost Cosmic Connection". This myth forms the literal, figurative and experiential (on many levels) core of human life.

Think what aspiration really is.

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