Friday, August 5, 2016
Michael Tsarion - The Posthuman World
Popul Vuh - " Let us make him who shall nourish and sustain us. What shall we do to
be invoked, to be remembered in Earth? We have tried with our first creatures, but we could not make them venerate us. So then, let us try to make obedient, respectful
beings, who shall nourish and sustain us. "
Leonard Shlain (recounting Plato's Symposium account) - " Zeus gathered the gods
in council to express his concern that these unusual creatures would one day
challenge their hegemony. He was loathe to exterminate them with his
thunderbolts, though, because there would be no one to bring the gods offerings,
he solved the problem by putting each creature into a trance and then
splitting it down the middle. Upon awakening, each half only dimly
remembered what it had been prior to being cleft in two. Zeus explained to the
assembled gods and goddesses the cleverness of his scheme. These
creatures would no longer pose a threat to the gods, because
they would dissipate their considerable energy by spending the rest of their days
searchig for their missing halves. "