[Ajax and Odysseus]; Achilles Armour

This dialogue is about the elements in Cynics that support virtue.  The first character is Ajax or Telamonian Ajax.  He is at one end of the heroic scale:  strong, blunt, and frank in speech.  Then there is Odysseus, who is intelligent, and has a talent for subterfuge and deceit.  Both are moulting  over the right to lead the army, since Achilles is dead.  In this spirit, I have imagined them being two different sides of the same coin:  the Cynics.

Ajax:  I see you shine your armour.

Odysseus:  Of course, the men must see me to follow me into battle.

A:  Why not throw your armour into battle and let the men do their best fighting.

O:  Your cunning wit disarms me.

A:  If you can not take my little joke, shut up!

O:  I call the men to train with me.  What do you say?

A:  Go play games, coward.  I go to war.  Those that join me will fight and be victorious.

O:  You are right Ajax.  I am not that bold, but my army will join the fight on your side.

A:  Good, I will fight with any man.

O:  You, prefer to fight alone.

At that insult, the two men part company.  Ajax bounding outside becomes enraged and starts to slaughter the animals.  Odysseus hearing the crying horses, says one last comment to those nearby.

O:  I fear Ajax’s rage will be his undoing;  his emotions will get the better of him.

Once Ajax regains his senses and realizes that he has killed all the animals, he commits suicide.

 

 

[The Old Boy and The Young Boy]; Stoics

This is a story or a dialogue about the age old advice of a student and teacher.  Each have their merits but are stuck in a role that may make grey issues harder to understand.  In this spirit, I imagine what Epictetus might say to his student Arrian.  

Epictetus:  So, who said it is good to record the past.  And why should we give a man a cheat sheet?

Arrian:  I do you great honour and respect by putting down renderings of your lectures.  People will want to recall all your good work.  And yes, I know you do not approve of my scribbling.

E:  Who am I to interfere in your noble calling to record all my lectures.  Do you still write about your lectures?

A:  I record them everyday.

E:  I think that you make more fiction than fact.  You must be the judge of all you see and hear.  Infact, you must write about all your senses and experiences.  This is done by examining the lectures from your point of view.  I call it journaling.

A:  I journal about my problem by writing about your lectures.

E:  Stop writing the book.  Spend time journaling about your day.  Bring your journal to me the next day.  Good bye.

A:  Here is my journal.

E:  Excellent.

A:  It is just a scrap about my day, what I felt about the lectures, my problems, etc.

E:  Excellent, do it again, and again:  give up writing your book!

[Good and Evil], The Reality

This dialogue is about life and death, sickness and health, but written from the perspective of good and evil.  These spirits are the supernatural elements that lend the reader an imaginary point of view.  The challenge with most dialogues are suspending one’s own belief rather than actually believing in the characters.  The Greeks were able to understand themselves and society in a much more comprehensive manner.

Good:  I will triumph over evil.  You have no power against me.  Just because you succeed by pulling the wool over humanities eyes, don’t believe for one second, I will allow things to stand as they do now.

Evil:  What?  I admit the children believe in my ways.  And the adults fall prey to the same ways.  But, surely, nothing stands in your way?  You are super real.  You can do anything.  I am just getting people to act out.  They are scared of me.  They feel vexed and hexed and look for things to happen because of their superstitious ways.  What I do is add to the dementia.

G:  I am virtue.  And when the children act as I command, I give them fruit for their labour.  They find plenty of wisdom and they will learn to disobey you.  You will become nothing but a bad memory.

E:  Well, thank you very much.  Your compliment does not fall on deaf ears.  I am feeling more real from our little conversation.  Perhaps, their artists will paint me in a fair light.  Or make a flattering image of my greater stature.

[Triumph and Disaster], The Myth

The dialogue is not composed by Triumph and Disaster, but it is written in the spirit of the old catch phrase, ‘if so and so could speak!’  In this case, Triumph is a typical Myth.  but as we know, myth is the name we give to a traditional story explaining something in our past or nature.  This myth envolves supernatural beings that are characters in the dialogue.

Triumph:  Wow, look at me, what a success, can you not salute your better.  I have come to proclaim reign over humanity.  We speak to you.  Leave this world to me and the people.  You are no brother to me, not any more.  Go home Disaster, be a friend and leave us to do our best.

Disaster:  You must submit, admit your failure, many fall to their demise.  I am also here to claim the people of the world my slaves.  We are the ones you must leave.  There is no room for two leaders in this reign of terror.  Humanity are but sheep you use to slaughter when the whim suites your will.  Why must I leave, you have been my equal, so I call on you to depart.

T:  Yes, I understand.

D:  Why then, do you think your value greater than mine?

T:  Because you destroy, I create and celebrate my doings by giving all people the taste of winning.  All you do is loose.

D:  I say my lose is more important than your gain.  My job is to cull the heard.  Men must stay with their betters and cast out the weak, sick, and errors of their ways.

T:  We are not going to claim dominion over a group of people by doing them harm.

D:  But you do as much harm as I.

T:  Then perhaps, we should both depart and leave these mortals in peace.

D:  I agree, but it is humanity that craves our presents in their lives.

T:  I see how I impose myself upon there will, do you?

D:  Yes, I will them to exaggerate my power and give them the crutch of blame to use.

T:  I also make use of them as slaves to do my bidding, why do they lay down to me?

D:  It is our false image that they use in their minds.  They see us and believe.

T:  such, silly people to imagine and act on something that has no power, yet they give all theirs to you and me.

D:  We need no quarrel brother, let’s work together as the imposters we must truly be.

Platonic Dialogue

In this next collection, I am using a dialogue to express inspiration, poetry, ideas and philosophy.  There will be fifty (or less) pieces to read, about the same length as the last collection.  Again, all I ask is your patience, I hope to finish the last piece by the end of April 2017.

I call this ‘Platonic’ because of the definition of the word, but also the same format is used in each poem.  And although the format is a dialogue, Plato is also famous for his use of it in his writing.

Being Sick With Violence

The behaviour is all about breaking someone a part.  The person who is violated becomes sick.

Violence can be a very personal experience.

This person is ashamed of themselves for being unable to protect themselves from harm.

Sometimes the anger is turned towards the people or person who tried to protect them.

Sometimes the anger is turned towards the person who harmed them.

Often, the criminal who is violent is ashamed at themselves and angry at the person when they are harming them.

Often, they know each other, often they are in a personal relationship with each other.

Often, a third party can help them overcome this kind of harm.

Education is key.  Councilling is key.

People who are directly involved need time to heal.  They also need an opportunity to decide weather they want to work together to overcome the harm.

Otherwise, each party will need the same help and support to recover on their own.

Public awareness is also needed in circumstances of this nature.

We all need to be better educated through good communication, awareness, there is good multimedia in the public library to help us learn about the whole painful experience.

There is no need to ignore or isolate from violence but sometimes it is difficult to avoid denial and hiding the violence in isolation.

It never helps to return violence.  It is usually best to leave it to professionals to restrain people who are violent.

It is best to walk away and go for help.

As crazy as it sounds, violence only makes people sick.  And when treated as a sickness, there is always hope for healing.

Being Me

My song can be used to express optimism.

I speak to myself often to hear what I think.

I’ll watch a movie when I am tired.

When I’m tired, I am really bored.

I get bored when I’m tired because I need to rest and relax and that means I can not spend much time doing the things I love:  read, write, study, exercise, hike, bike, do my chores, and live by doing what works the best way.

I am tired everyday for about 4 or 5 hours.

I’m allowing myself to go to bed early on these days I am tired, but I have a difficult time calming down to go to sleep.

So, I am learning to journal and calm down when I need to sleep.

Oh, the ‘slings and arrows’, ‘trials and tribulations’.

To love life is to live life.

And, there are many oppertunities to be with others.

And, there are lot’s of places to hang out:  home, work, friends, relatives, travel, and many other places of interest.