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I was nurtured on Greek Mythology and the classical epics. I lived and breathed Homer. Other mythologies – the Russian, the Norse, the Persian, the Indian, Egyptian, etc. – all came later. First and foremost were the Greeks, and they were all living in my head as though I were Zeus and they were a clamoring Chorus of Athenas.
Isn’t it a remarkable coincidence almost everyone has the same religion as their parents ? And it always just happens to be the right religion. Religions run in families. If we’d been brought up in ancient Greece we would all be worshiping Zeus and Apollo. If we had been born Vikings we would be worshiping Wotan and Thor. How does this come about ? Through childhood indoctrination.
We’re often afraid to do anything unless we know we can do it extremely well. But we get to Carnegie Hall by practicing. I remember how freeing it was several years ago to read in an interview with Joan Baez that some of Bob Dylan’s early songs weren’t so wonderful. We have this image of genius springing fully grown out of Zeus’ forehead.
No one would wish a bad marriage on anyone. But where do we think good marriages come from? They don’t spring full blown from the head of Zeus any more than does a good education…Why should a marriage require fewer tears and less toil and shabbier commitment than your job or your clothes or your car?
Zeus most glorious and most great, Thundercloud, throned in the heavens! Let not the sun go down and the darkness come, until I cast down headlong the citadel of Priam in flames, and burn his gates with blazing fire, and tear to rags the shirt upon Hectors breast! May many of his men fall about him prone in the dust and bite the earth!