Friday, February 4, 2011

Post for Feb 7

Hello All,

As the syllabus states, you should have read pages 2-48 in Eliade's Myth of the Eternal Return.

The text is complex, and Eliade uses a multitude of examples, so pay attention to the individual patterns and structures.

For example, on page 4, Eliade writes that human acts have value not from "their crude physical datum but with their property of reproducing a primordial act, of repeating a mythical example."

In other words, Eliade claims that we find meaning in repeating those same acts and processes that our ancestors found meaning; he implies that part of the reason we find these events meaningful is because they are the same as what our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents--not to mention individuals from history, myth, and religion--experienced.

You have probably experienced many meaninful moments in your life. For this blog, describe one of those moments.