Today we are driven by genetics. How fatalistic is that? The old argument of “fate vs free will” is thrown out when it applies to science. Remember science was, in Ancient Greece a member of the Muses. The drifting of the imagination to create new concepts is probably connected to the weather. How do we think when it is cold, hot or engulfed in a natural disaster? The five senses also are connected to the Muses, whose mother was Mnemosyne, aka Memory. But they also created forgetfulness to balance out their Mother. Can we compare Alexa to the talents of sound coming from Calliope, the muse of a beautiful voice?
European and American culture have a plethora of artists. The style is as different from each country as it is from each individual. It is as hard to separate our individual understanding of the culture, as it is our exposure to it. Passion defines the viciousness of war, torture and ugliness. What would Terpsichore, the Muse of dance, think of the “me too” movement?
The mysteries of Dante, Goethe and the writer of horror movies are degrees of our perception of genius. A lecture I heard at the Wolfsonian by the director Tim Rogers was about Art Deco and Death. The fashion of the minimal classical lines may have been a contretemps to the unknown despair of radium poisoning thru makeup, and the prevalence of syphilis caused by unprotected sex. It goes back to the unfiltered waters that created wine as an antidote to dehydration. Also a gift of the Muses to remember to forget.
Stalin tried to erase History. Clio, the Muse of History was not amused. Treasures that are handed down from generation to generation connect us to the cycle of the human dilemma that repeats itself. The library at Alexandria is still being sought after to enlighten us on much ancient knowledge we sense we have lost. The female philosopher, Hypatia, murdered by the Christians was the daughter of the last Librarian of Alexandria, Theon. He was the man from the Mouseion, the house of the Muses, an astronomer and perhaps astrologer, who studied eclipses. History creates parameters that are reinvented with each generation. Elizabeth the first encouraged Shakespeare to demonize Richard the second. Things of value are given to grandmothers for safekeeping. These gossips, the Celtic word for godmother, may tell stories to remind us of the wisdom of repetition. And also to remember if you remain silent, the narrative is reinvented.
Perhaps the reason, other than control of the mind, that religion denigrates astrology or any soothsaying, is the despair that arises from pertinent facts being interpreted. We all know we can interpret information in any way we like. The rub in morality is to remember to not need to convert others to our way of thinking. When does it become essential to decide between fighting and leaving?
The psychic who imposes an opinion is letting himself open to antagonism. The key word being imposing. It can be a tremendous comfort to hear what you want to hear. Religion figured this out. The rub is, what is sin? The word root is from the Latin, sinistre. It comes from the idea of left handed being the feminine, unconscious, emotional and unreliable. This gives way to how fickle we see emotions to be, but long for them to enhance our lives. To embrace the metaphysical means, it is hard to gage the perception of reality. If our minds control our existence, we must admit that our emotions govern our habits.