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Monday, February 26, 2007

The Other Colossal Wreck

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
-- Proverbs 16:18


When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace

--Jimi Hendrix

Last night I heard Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand," whose refrain basically laments the ephemerality of all lives and relationships--"And so castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually."

These lyrics brought to mind a poem forced upon me in grade school, Shelley's "Ozymandias." In this poem, a traveller remarks upon the last vestiges of a monument to the ancient king Ozymandias, whose project it was to build a monument to his own immortality in the desert.


Hendrix's reality clashes with the certitude of the ancient king, who arrogantly challenged, "'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:/Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'" We now know with the benefit of hindsight that Ozymandias is all too human.

"Nothing beside remains. Round the decay/Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,/The lone and level sands stretch far away."
GWB should listen.

2 Comments:

Blogger spiiderwebâ„¢ said...

We're all sand, unfortunately.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 1:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Spiider,

Jim says sometimes he just gets carried away with the whole multi-culti impulse. And he's a grunge band wanna-be. He says he loved the used of Hendrix's Voodoo Child in Black Hawk Down, and also likes his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner

You are correct, all is sand, and all is vanity. This is why we must be careful that we trod gently.

Or to use Jim's visual from the soap opera, we are grains of sand in an hourglass.

Lisa

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 3:20:00 PM GMT-5  

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