What is the duty of the artist, poet or storyteller in the face of horror?
The actual philosophy of Stoicism is not actually mentioned, but the question is important.
The lame rides a horse, | the handless is herdsman, The deaf in battle is bold; The blind man is better | than one that is burned, No good can come of a corpse. This passage is one I have used often to overcome the media created nonsense that our ancestors were busy seeking […]
Sorry, this old soldier could not pass this one up. Measure people by what they can do. There are many links in each chain of your tribe. That I am able now does not mean I will be able later but keeping my mind sharp is still my job. Never give up. Or, if you prefer:
‘We have an expression in prize fighting: “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit.” Well my friend, you’ve just been hit. The getting up is up to you.’ – From the film: The Ghost and the Darkness
Whatever I may have thought, people came seeking me out so it is time to come out of my shock and rage and get back to work, whatever that will turn out to be. I have been reminded a great deal of two of my ancestors who fought in WW2. They will be toasted again and remind me of what I have to do.
There are times that fatalism DOES help. You step back, decide what you can do, and get to work. I honestly think we may do better in such circumstances.
Anger as a tool for Healing — mainer74 – A different Heathen look on Anger focusing on Thor and Thurisaz.
It is dogmatically accepted in post 1960’s Western thought that anger is universally wrong, much as the axiom that violence never solves anything, the statement’s dogmatic acceptance has allowed it to somehow become a pillar of a society that it never built, and whose contributions have been as much negative as positive. Anger has […]
I do separate the terms. I would not agree with some of the disparaging comments but stopped using Asatru some years back.
Especially the end:
That’s why it is so especially heinous to see these people being berated and belittled by those who should be their source of strength and inspiration. These people mustered up the strength of will to face the world, and then the courage to ask for help from their fellows, only to be called weak by the very thing that should be helping them to carry on. When we see those among our community asking for help, the last thing they need to hear is ‘Get over it’.
The proper answer is right there in our own tradition.
“You are wanted, you are needed, and you are accepted as you are.”