Thursday 16 May 2013

Havamal Snippets 54: Partial ignorance is bliss

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE):
54. Moderately wise
should each one be,
but never over-wise:
of those men
the lives are fairest,
who know much well.

It's awfully cold and lonely the top of the organisation, the top of the ladder. More so at the top of Mount Noos (mind). To be at the top means to have your head in the clouds and to know the future, but be unable to shape it, that's where the loneliness comes from. Read the melancholic writings of Philip K Dick[LINK] and other prophets to see this misery incarnate: they are not especially cheerful people. They tend more towards the 'darker' the 'melancholic'. The anti-pode of this (of dwelling on the top of Mount Noos) is living on the Plains of Phusis (physical), living in the 'now', 'the present', 'living for the moment'. The people who live on the Plains of Phusis are happy, but dumb. Hence the stanza says: 'it is most pleasant to live when they don't know a great many things.'


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