Make Light of Tragedies

“First, tragedies were brought on stage to remind you of what can happen, that these happenings are determined by nature, and that what moves you in the theatre should not burden you on the larger stage of life.” – Marcus Aurelius

No enlarged screen can take the place of theatre. Just as no amount of money can take the place of trust. Stories help us to exceed our limitations and transform our shortcomings. They become the backdrop by which we can hang our principles and values. Several years ago while living in a homeless shelter in one of the wealthiest cities of Canada, I found myself struggling to find meaning in life. That which gave me the greatest incentive for moving forward was the notion of creating a stageplay about the death of Socrates.

Socrates demonstrated the courage required to embrace death while holding to the principles required for eudaimonia. He did not compromise his values or allow himself to be bent, even while under the threat of being executed. This is no mere incidental ideal and continues to this day as a topic of conversation for all those who consider the importance of good government and what it means to be responsible.

Like a man on a mission my research kept the torch lit. How delightful to be enthused about living with grit. Providence was, is now and remains my number one drive, for only the great can be initiated into our intellectual hive. Within the depth of my psyche another became the pulse of my heart, enabling a unified cosmos imbued with beauty & art. For a universe requires time & space to repose, just as musical verse requires love to compose.

It feels as though my playscript has been idling around cyberspace for eons, yet my soul continues to muse upon its heartfelt paeans. The platonic ideas planted within my work are yearning to spring back into life, and my spirit cries for her 9 Muses to find their way back to me without strife; that we might make philosophy shine with magnanimous wonder, through the synergistic power of Jupiter’s delicate sound of thunder.

Either way the legacy that Socrates has left the world cannot be undone. Hate can continue to prod people to destroy every statue in the world but love will see wisdom through to the end. So this is me, a hopeless romantic, putting the logos out there into the world at large, willing to endure all the pettiness of men – including my own pathetic nature – so as to be the last man to hold the torch of truth, so help me Olympus!

We all know deep down that Jason’s role is to restore the golden fleece; that middle-ground by which we can preserve geometrical equality with peace. Thro’ the Stars that keep the Theatre of Ancient Greece alive and dazzling, allow me to summon the gods through Bacchanalian Channeling!!! For every cellular fiber of my being screeeeeeeeems; for the Lord of Lights to end all diabolical schemes!!!

About Philosopher Muse

An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.
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5 Responses to Make Light of Tragedies

  1. Thank you for sharing. It feels like parts of the play is coming through in this sharing. Your play was already talking to me.
    “The unexamined life is not worth living”, said a wise Greek 😉
    You sharing the examination of the potential play was worth it for me, thnx 🙂

    • The ancients championed innovative ideas right down to the very bedrock of our existence! Wisdom remains everywhere and how do we know? Because of the nature of the seeds we sow, as well as the joy that makes our souls glow! Love & light, keep it real, keep it right.

  2. Really like how you said “the legacy that Socrates has left the world cannot be undone.” So very true.

  3. In pure synchronicity I’m here reading about your cosmic play and having yesterday posted my own, well kind of. These profound words of yours stand out for me, “love will see wisdom through to the end.” Beautiful, hopeless, romantic, as a poet and writer can often be. Blessings always, Deborah.

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