Scorpio for this week:
America’s former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky addressed an assembly at my daughter’s high school. He read from his translation of Dante’s Inferno and took questions from students. After hearing Dante’s description of the nether regions, one boy asked Pinsky what his personal version of hell was. The poet said that each of us creates our own hell. The fearful and negative interpretations of reality with which we infect our imaginations constitute curses that we cast on ourselves. They terrify and enslave us so thoroughly that most of the difficult outer circumstances we encounter are mild in comparison. Your next assignment, Scorpio, is to work on dissolving the hell you carry around in your own mind.
I love Robert Pinsky, especially his translation. 🙂 That said, I guess I need to ditch men again and get back to enjoying myself. Men make my life hell, I’d be a lesbian, but women do the same. And I guess, the idea of being in a relationship and being happy in one is hell. Of course, he has a point. If you imagine the worst, then the reality can’t be THAT bad. Which is one reason why I loathe society. The unfortunate part, is that my expectations are regularly lived down to, it’d be nice if I could find more than a few people who could prove me wrong on a regular basis.
(yes, I’m a cynic and a misanthrope, in the event you haven’t figured that out yet. oh yeah, I have a bit of nihilistic tendencies as well.)
it’s not men. or women for that matter.
it’s always POV.
get someone who understands where you are coming from, and you being able to do the same, and at the very least you will have a very good friend.
i know that doesn’t help. ;D
I know how you feel about others, and finding your expectations unrequited. Sometimes, I look around me and wonder how we can tout the age we live in; we somehow traded civilization for the economy, culture for Nintendo. People walk around more worried about trends and fashions, fun and parties and who’s who than their own thoughts and how they might grow as a person.
I’m sorry that you feel the way you do, more sorry that you have grounded and well based cause. We live amongst the watered-down, so diluted that they taste of spirit and soul; all we have is the dream of finding the pure source, and books telling us of what that was like. At least we have that…