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Eternal Moment

Posted January 21st, 2011 at 05:58 AM by chas

“Did you hear that, boss? That old man said he lives every minute as if he will never die. I live as if I will die any minute!”
--Zorba the Greek

We took a local flight from Athens to Crete to spend a day on the island. For some things you spend a little extra. Or, as Gurdjieff would say, “go the whole hog and pay the postage.” Capital of the Minoan naval empire in ancient days, the islanders supplied the honey for Egyptian embalmers to prepare their mummies for burial. It is thought that religious ritual became theatre here at the ‘palace’ at Knossos. This ruin was probably not a palace at all, but a religious center. Two curved bull horns decorate everything, and mosaics portray bull dancers leaping over the horns. Here Theseus slew the Minotaur, in what may have been a spiritual rite rather than a heroic quest. After visiting both the palace and the local museum of ancient archaeology, we had done all we had set out to do, and...

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