Macrocosm & Microcosm

Where the self yearns and reflects on that which is greater than the sum of its existence.

Microcosmic

Pneuma

In motion as the wind over distant waters

Warmth as a fire ever burning at the center

The breath of life, cosmic, and the self

Pneuma

In motion outward, in union and oneness

In motion inward, equilibrium of the self

Passive and inert, a divine reasoning

Funneling into the consciousness of the self

Macrocosmic

Pale glimmering of the moon, a hope

Radiant against the stellar canvas, encompassing

Immersing us all, In its beauteous silvery glow

Until it fades, only to rise again reborn

But that in itself is a reflection of you

Of warmth and the light, borrowed

That which I wish to be, Giver of life

The bearer of an unquenchable fire

For more content: https://www.instagram.com/soare_daze/

The Cave

While there are so many downsides to the “new normal” that we are going through, there are many upsides to it as well. Finding new ways to pass the time is almost a creative challenge everyday with so many limitations to what we can do.

Revisiting old thoughts, writings and discussions among other things have become something I’ve begun to enjoy doing over the past few days. History of both the now and the personal and of the ancient and the impersonal is always a fascinating journey inwards and outward.

One such discussion that I was able to recall was about “the allegory of the cave” by Plato, the Greek philosopher. Upon contemplation, to me it seemed, that the theories that he expressed is still as relevant as ever, in relation to the current events of the world.

For those that don’t know about the theory of the cave I found this in-depth summary: https://www.philosophyzer.com/the-allegory-of-the-cave-by-plato-summary-and-meaning/

In my opinion to put it in the simplest of terms, the theory posits that one should not only rely on your own sensory inputs for knowledge and truth of the world. One should also explore and understand how the universe works through contemplation and reading of what others have put forward as well.

For is life worth living if we don’t take a moment to understand the universe and why we are here in this time and space?

Aponia

Our coping mechanisms help us survive in times of strife and sickness. This is all the more relevant now that the world is stricken by a pandemic. The new normal being that we are confined inside walls of a place that we have been calling home.

But what is home? Is it the confines of our current solitary existence? Or is it the gentle breeze of the ocean on our faces while we bask in the sun’s rays? Home in my humble opinion is wherever we yearn for.

But I digress. In times like these it’s important to look back on the ideas that’s been left to us to help us cope going forward. To maintain the bonds that we created in the months and years before and to achieve at the very least a momentary state of happiness and self-love.

Epicureanism (named after the philosopher Epicurus), though a hedonistic and materialist perception of the world, its advocacy for a simple life as well as the concept that the absence of pain and fear creates the greatest pleasure (known as Aponia) sets it apart. Ultimately an idea worth pondering over.

Don’t fear god,
Don’t worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure.

Philodemus, Herculaneum Papyrus, 1005, 4.9–14

Recrudescence

The sum of all my life lay in paths

Winding forward and backwards

The future and the past coalesce

Into this one moment of clarity

Moment by moment the fog clears

To a moment that seemed like eternity

One single moment, one single step

To define how to break the circle

Reflections of the choices made and to make

To return to what once was lost

A primal need to be wholesome

The choice had made itself clear

Like a snake uncoiling itself

The path led on to a brightness and light

Although bereft of color still

Grasping to break the monochromatic night ahead