Eternity in one song

You know it’s a good song when you can step into eternity and you don’t even have to leave your room.

When you wade in the melodious waters that flow effortlessly and emerge yourself completely.

When time has no meaning or hold over you and you feel as though you have spent a perpetual lifetime in a four minute song. 

  

Most Emotional Soundtrack Avatar The Last Airbender- Flow Like Water

https://youtu.be/tvR8p4pP84A


*personally I didn’t care for this movie adaptation (LOVE THE ORIGINAL SERIES!!!!) but this track is one of the most incredible pieces that has ever blessed thine ears*

The Valley of Fear

Reading: The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (4th and final Novel)

Originally published: February 27, 1915

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.” Sherlock Holmes 

“It is, I admit, mere imagination; but how often is imagination the mother of truth?” Sherlock Holmes 

“The interplay of ideas and the oblique uses of knowledge are often of extraordinary interest.” Sherlock Holmes

“Watson insists that I am The dramatist in real life,” said he. “Some touch of the artist wells up within me, and calls insistently for a well staged performance.” Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes and Providence

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Is Sherlock Holmes represented as Agnostic?

Agnostic: Being agnostic is admitting that there is not enough evidence either way to prove or disprove an all-powerful creator. This would be a person who may not make any official claim to believing in God.

If Sherlock Holmes is agnostic, which way does he lean?

The problem of evil: This is the question of how can there be an all-powerful, all knowing, all loving god that allows such evil to exist in the world? This tends to lead to an atheist’s point of view.

The problem of beauty: This is the question of how can there not be a god that allows such beauty in the world? This tends to lead to agnostics and full on believer’s point of view.

Which side does Holmes lean towards more?

The problem of evil, yet being unaccepting that the world is ruled by chance:

“What is the meaning of it, Watson? What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable. But what end? There is the great standing perennial problem to which human reason is as far from an answer as ever.” The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

Here Holmes is asking that basic question all humans inevitably ask, “what is the meaning of life?” He speaks of the evil of the world, yet seems to imply that it should be impossible for existence to be determined by chance… or at least he hopes.

The problem of beauty, yet still scientific:

“There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion. It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from flowers.” The Naval Treaty

Here Holmes is acting in an unusual manner, compared to his usual demeanor. He is stating that religion is reasonable and quite possible, due to the loveliness of a flower. “What a lovely thing a rose is!” Here Holmes is in a much better mood than when he went on about the problem of evil, and it came down to the simplest of things.

Which side does Sherlock Holmes lean more towards?

I believe Sherlock Holmes is a man of science who has a great power of reasoning and deductions due to his observation and logical skills. I believe Sherlock Holmes is a scientific and rational man who doesn’t care about trivial facts or commonplace knowledge and also likes to smell the roses. Sherlock Holmes is a great philosopher with a massive intellect who believes that life is stranger than what man could invent and that he wishes to be above the commonplaces of existence, meaning that he’s looking beyond what he knows and understands, which is a lot by the way. Sherlock Holmes is proven to be a man who deep down believes that science can only go so far, that it eventually comes to an end where it stops explaining how and needs to be explained with a why. This is a man who said that “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” And in that case, he even said that religion can be reasoned to an exact science, but even when it can’t, there is still something to it. Sherlock Holmes is a man who often, when explaining how he came to his incredible conclusions, stated that the simple things in life, the small and seemingly unimportant things, are the ones that are most often overlooked; they are the ones that hold all the answers that are most important and hold the key to discovering more than what is a seemingly obvious fact, which he states can be the most deceptive. This man who believes that the smallest of things are the most important in discovering truth is what proves the existence of a creator that allows flowers to have color and smell, instead of believing that all this beauty is all random. This is a man filled with logic and a mind that calculates like a machine that doesn’t want to believe that the universe is ruled by chance.

This is a man whom I believe, believes in science and believes in a creator, or at least hopes for one. Mr. Spock said that “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” I think Sherlock Holmes knows this and follows it.

“One can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower.” Mr. Spock

“It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from flowers.” Sherlock Holmes

The flowers are proof enough of providence, or at least hope for it.

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Albert Einstein

What do you think?

Hades

Beliefs that fascinate me  

Hades was the god of the underworld. He was known as the god of the dead and of wealth. Hades was the son of Cronos and brother of Zeus. After Hades and his other siblings helped Zeus overthrow Cronos, they divided the kingdom into three sections. Zeus got Olympus and he ruled over all, Poseidon got rule over the seas and Hades lucked out when he “drew the short straw” and got rule over the underworld. The underworld is located deep within the earth (which is why Gaia was angry with Uranus and sent Cronos to finish him) ruled by Hades and Persephone (who stays with him for half the year). The underworld is a place where souls go after their bodies die on earth. Hades is in charge of the proceedings of the underworld but he rarely if ever does anything himself. Hades is aided by his servant Cerberus (three headed dog) who stands guard at the entrance of the underworld. He will let everyone enter but will never let anyone leave; Hades is a very greedy god and wants to keep the souls in his possession. The souls are sent there because Hades has to decide where they will go. Once in the underworld, the souls will be approached by three judges, Rhadamanthus, Minos and Aeasus. It is then that the fate of these souls will be determined. It will be decided to whether or not they will be able to go to a better place or to be punished for all eternity. To enter the underworld, one must cross the Styx river on Charon’s ferry (which there is a toll for). Once on the way, there are three places a soul might end up if guilty of worse crimes during their time alive on earth. If one was to sin against the gods, they would end up in a place of eternal torment. This place was lower than Hades; this place was called Tartarus. This place was for the most vial of souls. Asphodel was where a lot of souls would end up. This place was for the soul who would end up endlessly wondering on a plain of flowers. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t Tartarus. The third place was Elysium. This place was where the souls who were favored by the gods went. It was a place for the heroes, a place of eternal bliss. This place is often called The Elysian Fields. Hades was known for being stern and had little if no pity for the souls in his domain. He did not care for prayer or sacrifice and he tended to stay in the shadows. This being said, his impact on society was interesting. People had a great fear of displeasing the gods but no one more than Hades. Most couldn’t even say his name in fear that they would die earlier than they were meant to; people started calling him Plouton, which means the god of wealth. The Greeks were very big fatalists so they took this stuff seriously. Hades being the god of the underworld, or afterlife, people tend to make a big deal of trying to lead good lives and focused a great deal on what their afterlife would be like. People were very concerned with death and how they would prepare for the afterlife. Their burial and trip to the underworld was very important. The Greeks believed that at death, the spirit would leave the body and travel to its final destination. Burial was a big part of that. They had a three step burial process that they believed would help them. Step one was something close to what we call a wake. They would clean the body, giving it nice clean clothes (It also depended on wealth of the deceased). The second step was to put coins in the mouth of the deceased and tied the mouth shut so they would not fall out. These coins were the payment, or toll to catch the ferry across the Styx River to the underworld. The third step was important. The living had to take the body to its final resting place. Once the body arrives, the people would leave trinkets and sacrifices to help them when they’re in the afterlife. Though not greatly involved with daily worship, Hades was a big part of Greek society and how they contemplated life and death.

Works Cited

Hades. (n.d.). Retrieved March 10, 2016, from http://www.greekmythology.c…

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. (n.d.). Hades. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from http://www.britannica.com/t…

 

Who you really are

You are not the things you’ve succeeded at and you are not the things that have limited you. Your true identity, the only one that matters, is that of that one small voice inside you, the one small child  that yearns to be free of titles and the labels that try to tell people who you are and just wishes to be accepted by the gracious hand of redemption.