Fever, chills and general crap feeling are here at the Tac Cave. So Its lots of soda (for the sore throat) and mama like treatment from the crazy sweet hottie hot one
Apparently Iron Kahuna has run into more of what Bigun and Tac termed 'annonyn-a-ass'. You know, those wonderful comments left by unknown cowards which are either insulting, hurtful or all of the above. Kahuna refered to the Milton poem 'Paradise Lost'. First making sure Bigun and I weren't the a-holes he was talking about :) , then making sure he wasnt refering to some show on ABC, I finally concluded that this poem was truly amazing. I became enthralled with the Milton classic and some of the interesting critiques, especially that of CS Lewis(Narnia Chronicles)
435 Pages! Separated into 12 books. Milton desired to bring the 'fall of man' biblical story to a more accessible level through his prose. He explored deeply the history of Satan, the unique sinless relationship of Adam and Eve, the final great deception, fall and Hope of future redemption. Basically great classic Christian literature.
Whew...that's what happens when your sicker then a dog, have no where to go with a laptop on your bed.
I'm fairly sure that Kahuna was referring to the pollution of the triblogosphere's from these nasty unknown commenter's who rear their ugly ass heads from time to time. What I found interesting was the idea that the blog paradise had been lost.
I didn't know we found paradise.
I don't think anytime you enter into a community of human beings you find paradise. Encouragement, camaraderie, laughter, tears of joy..and many other positive life affirming elements...absolutely!. All those can be found and enjoyed within our tri blog community. In fact, I have stated many times that Kahuna himself has been a major inspiration in the triathlon experience that I have enjoyed. Yet, whenever you enter a community of human beings you enter with GREAT RISK. Risk of feeling disappointed, hurt, frustrated, jealous...the list goes on. Maybe you have never had any negative feelings towards other bloggers before, but I would be ball face lying to say that I had not.
Were all broken people, most aspire to better ourselves everyday. Many of us make mistakes in things we say or write, hopefully we seek reconciliation and move on. Yet Milton is clear that innocence gave way to all new feelings...
"They sat them down to weep, nor only tears/ Rained at their eyes, but high winds worse within/ Began to rise, high passions, anger, hate,/ Mistrust, suspicion, discord, and shook greatly/ Their inward state of mind." Book IX, Paradise Lost
The resulting consequences and how to cope with a lost state of peace are matters of deep faith and philosophy. Speaking of faith, Trimama and I have recently had some shockingly disappointing relationships fail in our own church. All though this recent experience is nothing compared to the evils I've seen done to people I dearly loved within the 'church'.
I stopped long ago believing church was paradise.
No group of human beings (family, friends, church, tri-communities), no amount of money, no level of life dream accomplishments will ever encompass paradise. Milton was right...it was lost long ago.
Obviously as a Christian you all have a good idea where my faith and philosophy fall.
So yes Kahuna, Paradise is lost....but Milton also said in book XII, Hope is not.