Bartle Library, Binghamton University, NY University System, philosophy, Philosophy Culture and Interpretation
11 UG (Unter Grund)
Bartle Library, Binghamton University, New York
Some period of time after I had been dispatched from life, there came toward me a person, as it seemed, out of place.
He had on him a cloak with wide sleeves of an excellent azure color, far more lustrous than any I had ever seen. His under-apparel was green, and so was his hat, being in the form of a turban, exquisitely made, and not so vast as the Turkish turbans; and the locks of his hair came down below the brims of it.
A reverend man was he to behold. He came in a boat which was gilded in the form of a cross.
When he was within a stone’s throw, signs were made that I should come forth to meet him upon the water, which I presently did.
When I was within six yards of him, he called to me to stay, and not to approach farther, which I did obey. And thereupon the man whom I before described stood up, and with a loud voice asked, “Are ye Christian?”
I answered, “I was some time ago” fearing the less, because of the cross I had seen on the boat. At which answer the said person lifted up his right hand toward paradise.
TOMORROW: 12 UG (Unter Grund)
you wrote this so great… I had to read it twice… it has something special, I can’t describe but it feels good :o)
Waldo "Wally" Tomosky said:
Hello Easy (and family). The first 15 posts in this series (as the elevator was falling) were all mine. It was meant to show how man can change his mind when threatened by death; from being happy to utter bitterness. When the posts (and the elevator) hit the bottom floor I thought “What happens to the soul after death?” So I continued the series for another 15 floors heading towards Hell or Heaven or reincarnation. Who knows what awaits us? However, I have never died before (that I know of) and I needed to call on some experts; Dante Alegieri, Nietzsche, W. H. Hudson and others who had written about death back in the 1200’s to 1800’s. So I borrowed their words and changed them around to better fit the situation of the elevator and the possibility of being reborn or ending up in Heaven or ending up in Hell. (These are the only three possibilities that I am aware of.) So, for this post I borrowed from Francis Bacon (1561-1626): “The New Atlantis, 1627.” I should have declared this at the beginning of the last 15 posts but thought it would be a “SPOILER ALERT.”
But I will “FESS up” at the end of the series. I would think that not many people read these messages between reader and blogger so it shouldn’t spoil too many peoples view of what is (or isn’t) occurring as the elevator heads towards the unknown.
thanks for a great post… it is like candy for the brain to ponder about this questions :O)