For the love of heroes

March 19, 2020

First they fought with heart-devouring hatred
then they parted, bound by pacts of friendship.

Homer
Iliad
Trans. Robert Fables

(Hence Hector reflects on his fight with Ajax)

The war to end wars…?

December 25, 2019

Man, when preparing for bloody war, will orate loudly and most eloquently in the name of peace. This dichotomy is not an invention of the twentieth century, yet it is in this century that the most striking examples of the phenomena have appeared. Never before has man pursued global harmony more vocally while amassing stockpiles of weapons so devastating in their effect. The Second World War – we were told – was the War To End Wars. The development of the atomic bomb is the Weapon to End Wars. And yet wars continue. Currently, no nation on this planet is not involved in some form of armed struggle,  if not against its neighbours then against internal forces. Furthermore, as ever escalating amounts of money are poured into the pursuit of the specific weapon or conflict that will bring lasting peace, the drain on our economies  creates a  rundown urban landscape where crime flourishes and people are concerned less with national security than with the simple personal security needed to stop at the store late at night for a quart of milk without being mugged. The places we struggled so viciously to keep safe are becoming increasingly dangerous. The war to end wars, the weapons to end wars, these things have failed us.

Alan Moore
Watchmen

It would never work putting women in charge of the world. Can you imagine it? In any conflict, countries would ignore each other, give each other the cold shoulder, the ultimate but very feminine snub – which would be simply terrible! Men have had thousands of years of experience in ending conflicts, usually with the deaths of millions – they are expert at it!

 

I am always between two worlds, always in conflict. I would like sometimes to rest, to be at peace, to choose a nook, make a final choice, but I can’t. Some nameless, indescribable fear and anxiety keeps me on the move. On certain evenings like this, I would like to feel whole. Only a half of me is sitting by the fire.

Anaïs Nin
The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

witchythings

THE LIMA BEAN SERENITY SPELL
This spell is to be used following or in the midst of a domestic argument. This will promote peace and harmony, and resolve conflicts. You will need:
• a needle and red (silk) thread
• three lima beans
• a fire (at the end)
Pierce the three lima beans and string them onto red (silk) thread. Carry them with you for three days. On the fourth day, burn the beans and thread. This will bring you the peace and harmony you need.

Judika Illes
The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells