Stasy (faeriedynstasy) wrote in lucifers_echo,

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Introductory Entry

Hi all. I joined this community because I just reread John Milton's Paradise Lost and I can't get over the brilliance of it. I find it an amazing work, and I love the presentation of evil in it. I adore this quotation, when the devil is urging Eve to eat the apple:

The gods are first, and that advantage use
On our belief, that all from them proceeds;
I question, for this fair earth I see,
Warmed by the sun, producing every kind,
Them nothing: if they all things, who enclosed
Knowledge of good and evil in this tree,
That whoso eats thereof, forthwith attains
Wisdom without their leave? and wherein lies
The offense, that man should thus attain to know?
What can your knowledge hurt him, or this tree
Impart against his will if all be his?
Or is in envy, and can envy dwell
In heavenly breasts? these, these and many more
Causes impart your need of this fair fruit.

I read this when I was in my first year of university, and wrote a paper that I did very well on, but now realize that I wrote incorrectly. The poem seems to be about how terrible reason can be, and how rationalizing things can make the Age of Reason into the Age of Inhumanity. I think that this is sort of relevent to where humanity is now; we have much more technological knowledge than we did even 50 years ago and we use it to give better erections for longer, and to pump up breasts and lips. Or we justify horrible conditions as being okay, because they're better than they used to be.

I enjoy living in the age of Reason, and I enjoy the personal freedoms that I wouldn't have otherwise, but I do wonder if being able to rationalize everything is going to destroy us someday. The poem really seems to be about a disconnect from the divine, and about how dangerous it is completely rationalize everything.
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