Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Rise and Fall


  1. I am thinking of three sayings:
    "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."
    "What goes up, must come down."
    "In this life, nothing is certain but death and taxes."
    The words "rise" and "fall" were used here, but I suppose "birth" and "death" could just as easily have been substituted, don't you? The image is about mortality - of everything. Every person, every nation, every notion. It all ends. Is that really true? If your person, nation, or notion is remembered and spoken of forever, did it really fall?
    Take for example the Roman Empire. We all hear about its "rise and fall". But two thousand years later, we still hear about this. We study it, we learn from it, we even mimic it. Does that not indicate immortality? Or, instead, reincarnation?

  2. Man, you are one smart chick! Great points - especially about the resurrection/reincarnation capping off the birth and death themes. Everything (even societies, etc.) has a life cycle, and if lucky, an afterlife too.