15 UG (Unter Grund)
Bartle Library, Binghamton University, New York
Now, if my words have been absorbed, you can contemplate much of this without further help.
But I will go on, because, in your universities, it is taught, that the Angelic nature is, as such, an overstatement. The soul remembers and wills, and I wish you to see, in its purity, the truth that is confused down there – – – on earth – – – , by the equivocations in such lectures.
These Angelic essences, since they first gathered joy from God’s face, have never turned their eyes from Him, from which nothing is hidden, so that their vision is never changed by any new object, and there is no need to recall anything to memory, because of alienated thoughts.
So humans dream, down there, when not asleep. They are certain that they speak the truth, or of certain other things.
There is greater error and shame in the latter.
THERE IS AN OLD ADAGE THAT THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING;
AND SO IT REPEATS.
And now – – – a confession:
The first 15 posts in this series (as the elevator was falling) were all my own writing. It was meant to show how man can alter his ideals when threatened by the unknown; 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, Friedrich Nietzsche, W. H. Hudson, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Lord Chesterton, Nikolai Gogol and Francis Bacon; all who had written about strange occurrences between 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.)
In fact, I even went so far as to change Gogal’s baptism scene to include French characters from Laclos’ “Dangerous Liaisons (1782).”
I should have declared this at the beginning of the last 15 posts but thought it would be a “SPOILER ALERT.”
So now, at the end of the series, I have finally fessed up.
BUT HOLD ON; I AM NOT YET DONE WITH YOU!
I am leaving for several weeks of brook trout fishing in the Adirondack Mountains. Therefore I probably will not be posting (but sometimes I don’t tell the truth or I simply omit things) so then again … I may post something.
If you enjoyed the 30 posts on “GOING DOWN” you may want to sample some of my writing on Amazon. The samples are the opening pages of each book and they are for free, and, if you like what you see … then at the end of the sample pages Amazon has been so kind as to offer you to purchase them.
But woe be it unto me to suggest such a thing and promote my books here; this statement speaks for itself. (I always wanted to use that phrase but could never find a place where it fit so aptly).
I realize you have been waiting, with bated breath, for the links to my books no matter where you live. So here they are in marketplaces around the world.
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Well, I have blathered on long enough. I go now to smell the balsam trees, watch the furry creatures and, most likely, to fall on my ass in the middle of a cold mountain stream.