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Sold I to the merchant ships

Dante’s Inferno has a line that goes, “Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.” I like that.

I consider our origins

Well I’ve gotten some…colorful emails based on my last post.

While both men and women read a lot more into it than intended, both seemed to disappointed in me for completely different reasons.

Primo Levi wrote in Survival in Auschwitz, that he carried a 100 pound soup pot because it gave him a few moments in the sun.

A guard gave him the gig for Italian lessons. So Levi taught him Dantes Inferno 26, which has the line, Considerate la vostra semenza: fatti non foste a viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza.

Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

Look, we’re human. We’re flawed. But we try. It’s our redemption song.

Dante and Levi both believed that we have some nobility somewhere – even after seeing their respective hells, yeah?

Location: 2PM yest, watching a rooster in Harlem
Mood: amused
Music: someday we’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun

6 replies on “Sold I to the merchant ships”

The Me – Thank You! I was just telling a guy friend about this whole thing and of course he asked, why not and I told him she was two steps from passed out. And a female friend was upset I didn’t get her name but I couldn’t hear it; it was hella loud in the club!

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