Friday, May 6, 2011

Antigone's Arete

Tossed up by
the deep–sea-cold 
alone shell blown by
 'Winds of change' 

 
sails well across 
white-cap breakers 


Cast -off by its owner
destiny unknown –
dreams change
doubts departing


dancer upon
waves of light 
without reserve



 Sirens singing
Yes to ‘Arete’
fragile heart abates,



 Calm is the soul
that is emptied
of all self.

Fin

 write a poem in 55 words
Antigone's Arete
Tossed up by
 the deep – sea- cold
Alone shell blown by
 “Winds of change”
sails well across
White-cap breakers
Cast -off by its owner
Destiny unknown
Dreams change
Doubts departing
Dancer upon 
Waves of light
Without reserve
Sirens singing
Yes to ‘Arete’
Fragile heart abates,
Calm is the soul
that is emptied
of all self.
Fin


The noun 'Arete' is Greek for 'excellence, goodness, virtue'. Its application to life is seen in one's living up to one's full potential. It also is seen in one's handling adversity with courage and strength.

The goodness or virtue of a person.   Aretē is therefore identified with what enables a person to live well or successfully, although whether virtue is then just a means to successful life or is an essential part of the activity of living well becomes controversial.

Antigone's Arete is shown by her giving Polyneices a decent burial in defiance of Theban King Creon's non burial order. She shows it again, after her arrest, when she says that Creon's order doesn't come from Zeus, the supreme god of Thebes. So she recognizes, and never backs down from, life's guiding principle of obeying god given laws.

According to Aristotle the various virtues consist in knowing how to strike a mean between opposing vices of excess and defect. Greek thought also paves the way for the Christian ideal that the fullest development of aretē for human beings consists in a self-sufficient life of contemplation and wisdom.
The Sanskrit word kusala is used in Buddhism to represent the same association of goodness with the skill of being a good human being.



photos Chiluly glass taken in Tacoma, Wa,   #4 & 5 The girl from Atlantis Vogue May 10 voyons-voir #6 Rodney Smith woman on plater

25 comments:

  1. "Calm is the soul
    that is emptied
    of all self."

    I wonder when I will reach this state? Sometimes I think that the self consumes me and entwines my being.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  2. Beautifully written and superb pictures,
    Thanks for sharing.
    Yvonne.

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  3. this is a wonderful meditation toward a higher level of existence and acceptance....very beautiful joanny

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  4. Dans les profondeurs de l'océan, nul doute que l'âme doit être déchargée de tout. Il suffit alors de se laisser porter...

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  5. stunning words.

    enjoyed your art/poetry taste once again.

    elegant 55.

    Happy Mother's Day to Moms around you. Blessings..

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  6. Thank you for the explanation you gave for the word "arete". It would be good to posess the knowlege of arete, wouldn't it?:)

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  7. This is so beautiful, as always, Joanny.

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  8. very inspiring! glad i stopped by to receive this wisdom.

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  9. Calm is the soul
    that is emptied
    of all self.

    Like I have become now.. hahaha
    Of course I am still vivacious but definitely much contained!

    The images.. sigh!
    It's a delight to come to my 1st (and still) fave blog.. your images are so captivating!

    Hugs xox

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  10. I enjoy calm....when I can get it. Got it here.

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  11. Thank you for the enlightenment, beautiful.
    Joanie,
    I am wishing all beauty and peace for Mothers Day.
    yvonne

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  12. Joanie,
    What kind of shell is that it is gorgeous.
    Thanks for the beautiful images and Poem.

    Happy Mothers Day

    yvonne

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  13. hmmmmmm.........i'm afraid i've never been very good at "balance" as our friend aristotle proposed - but perhaps he won't mind so much 'cause i have so much fun with excess!!! ;)

    always such magical sights and sounds to be found here!

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  14. Professor Joanny...
    I brought you an apple!
    This was most intriquing!
    I LOve Greek Drama 55's
    Thanks for Playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  15. Calm is the soul that is empty of all self....now that is something to take with and remember :) XO, Kelly

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  16. Joanny how beautiful!! The shell is just magnificent!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  17. I love this poem Joanny. Filled with essence of life and its beauty.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Wish you a lovely weekend.
    Greetings from,
    Berit.
    PS. You inspire my creativity.

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  18. Interesting myths story... and so lovely words in your 55er
    Calm is the soul
    that is emptied
    of all self.
    how good that is!

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  19. A beautiful poem of 55 words dicadas mental balance that allows us to live happily.

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  20. I love the combination of pictures with your words in this one.

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  21. How wonderful and poetic! What lovely images. You always create a special mood in your post.

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  22. You create a very special atmosphere here. Just gorgeous, Joanny, as ever.
    (I have given you a Kreativ Blogger Award over on my blog.)

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  23. just dropping by to see what's new in your corner of the world - hope your day is filled with sunshine!

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