Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Mental Snack (9)


Share your thoughts...

"I will show you fear in a handful of dust." ~ T.S. Eliot

4 comments:

Shantello said...

Reminds me of 'Sandman.'

Vatche said...

That's a funny thought, I haven't read Sandman yet, but it's on my reading list. The quote comes from a long poem by T.S. Eliot, I recommend you read it. The poem's title is "The Wastelands." Thanks for the comment, Shantello!

~im just only me~ said...

Isn't this in the "The Burial of the Dead" section of The Waste Land?... I often think of this quote in relation to Genesis (or Catholic Ash Wednesday rites) in which God tells Adam "Remember, Man, that thou art dust and unto dust you shall return...", and that the fear in this dust is the fear of non existence and ultimate lack of meaning. A sort of existential fear, I suppose. That everything in the world, even and most especially a handful of dust, can remind us of our mortality and its potential meaninglessness. Anyway, that's my little take on it...

Vatche said...

What a great thought, ~im just only me ~. I see that too, when I read it, but also it can be an allusion to the Bible's Ecclesiastes 12, specifically the line, "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."

Also, your idea of "That everything in the world, even and most especially a handful of dust, can remind us of our mortality and its potential meaninglessness..." is a very beautiful thought indeed and one that makes me ponder. Thank you for sharing, always.

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