Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Aristotle Said...

When Aristotle was asked, "What is a friend?", his reply was, "A single soul dwelling in two bodies."

20 comments:

The Knight said...

"Fleur de la cour"

klaus s said...

A simple truth.

Ashmodai said...

A lovely blog. :)

Mossy said...

This lady kind of reminds me of the big S.
:O)

Anonymous said...

For ten points, name a clever blogger who enjoys mythological figures.

Dave said...

Ah what a wonderful comment and how accurate.

Sophia said...

Knight,

Your family. :) My family.

Sophia said...

Hi Klaus,

Isn't it nice that truth doesn't have to be difficult? Facing it at first maybe it is, but once you've seen its face it is almost like second nature.

Sophia said...

Thank you, Ashmodai. I will return the favor by seeing more of your blog. Some I can't read as it's in German, but I have been able to read some of your poems.

Sophia said...

Hi Mossy,

It is an image I've always liked. Who wouldn't like the chivalry of knights? :)

"God Speed" is also a nice painting by Edmund Blair Leighton

Here it is: http://www.topofart.com/images/artists/Edmund_Blair_Leighton/paintings/blairleighton001.jpg

More of his paintings are here: http://www.artmagick.com/pictures/artist.aspx?artist=edmund-blair-leighton

Sophia said...

Anonymous,

What's the score?

Well, there's me and then there's Siegfried. Siegfried has shown an interest in mythology from the first time I met him in 2005. At that time he was Castor and Pollux, and over the years he's been various other mythological beings.

So, do I get 10 points or 20? :)

Sophia said...

Hi Dave,

It's been said in other ways. These are variants of Aristotle's response:

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

klaus s said...

hi sophia,

it is your nature.

klaus.

Mossy said...

Yes you get 20 point for getting the answer right twice, and 20,000 points for being you.

A justed said...

A differant view:

A flower blossoms and opens to a new view the light has brought. Yet many around and some very close have still to respond to the light. Care should be taken to not cast too big of a shadow.

"everything to all, in their own time..." a justed

Sophia said...

A Justed, Just Ed, Ted A'Jus,

I would like to have a better understanding of what you've said in your comment.

Is this allegorical for letting others find Truth on their own?

It takes a special skill to look at a photograph and see symbolical meaning that others aren't aware of. But on second glance, and with your words in my awareness, I can see.

A justed said...

Wow...

From Occam's Razor to allegorical, haven't we travel far fast.

I am honored that you think my observation is worthy of further thought. I will try to expand on my thoughts on this for you.

As all we see is merely reflection of light rather than what is... it seem that what we think is largely a reflection of our life experience. I believe in nature we can find most answers. Also if we observe closely it often replicates most of life's situation. Then the question is... in any given situation how does nature cope?

One of my life's challenges has been not how to tollerate others as much as how to endure the inability to help others. Offering aid when needed but still allowing others to be as they are.

I believe in "surrendering to what is"(the second key) but there is a delicate balance when it comes to friends, children and loved ones. To watch pain and suffering, knowing and or sometimes offer a way and then totally accepting with love, support and understanding as they choose their path. This is especially difficult with your children, as there is an inherent feeling of guardianship for their well being.

So as I saw a flower just beginning to enjoying the light with other buds, right by it, still closed up tight. It seemed a little sad to me.

A justed

Sophia said...

Hi A justed,

When you say it's difficult to endure the inability to help others, is it because sometimes others just don't want the help or are set in their ways? And this is why it ends up being "everything to all, in their own time"? So, even if it takes, say, reincarnation into many lives, eventually the job will get done?

I can see what you saw in the flower photo, however, when I looked at it beyond just seeing it as a photograph, I saw an elder beside his/her students. Kinda like Master Rose and the Grasshoper Buds. :)

A justed said...

Well said.

I believe there is a dichotomy to "Surrendering to what is" and the supportive roles we play in people's lives. Maybe with pratice we'll do both well.

Your more comtemplative view of the picture seems to reflect you and your web site. Don't you agree?

It is late. Thanks for the inspiration & conversation.

A justed

Sophia said...

Thank you for your conversation, as well. Goodnight to you.