Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity

September 22, 2015

Words and Symbols: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity 

Certain typographical symbols are used only by people of a certain occupation. Elsewhere, that they occur, to others they are found in an appendice in a dictionary. Some are well defined terms.

Ben Casey was a television show on ABC in the first half of the 1960s. Vince Edwards played a very serious, dedicated surgeon. His character was handsome, and hard headed, and a thorn to management. The show is well remembered as a favorite for many.

The show would open with the chalking of a slate board and a calm musical intro. The voice of Sam Jaffe, whose character ( Dr. David Zorba) was a mentor to Dr. Casey, would composedly name the symbols drawn, “♂ man … ♀ woman … * birth … † death … ∞ infinity”; then a wheeled gurney, with patient covered by a sheet would burst through swinging doors, followed by shots of the two leads, a large light would click on, and the operating amphitheatre would be seen all accompanied by an instrumental theme of some tension.

The intoning of the four biological terms is stark and simple. When lives are charted, those are noted. They are all bounded, definite, and finite. The last term is not. It is a term of physics, mathematics, metaphysics. The voice says all five words in the same manner, but many people remember the last word with more drama (it has four syllables, and is therefore poetically longer than the others; the others combined have five syllables). It is a brilliant, and thought producing convention, though often subconsciously.

Swimming Against the Current 

September 18, 2015

 By Terence T. Gorski, Author

Did you ever feel like you were swimming against the currents of life? You were afraid to stop swimming. Yet were too exhausted and couldn’t carry on. 
You know life is fragile and letting go may kill you. You also know that if you just carry on against the current you will die. 

This is the dilemma everyone teaches at some point in their lives. Why? 

“All true stories end in death.” ~ Earnest Hemingway

Yet we are biologically conditioned to cling to life and fight against death. We are pushed by the fear of death and pulled forward by the joy and promise of life. 

We are the only animal on earth cursed to live with the conscious knowledge that we will die. 

Swim on. During the times of gentle water allow yourself to let go and drift with the current.  

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