Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Grassy Knoll

The Greek philosophers in Dante's Divine Comedy lived in a walled garden in the first circle of Hell (Limbo). They couldn't enter heaven, but had a relative freedom in the heart of Hell. Wikipedia explains:

"They are not punished in an active sense, but rather grieve only their separation from God, without hope of reconciliation. The chief irony in this circle is that Limbo shares many characteristics with Elysian Fields, thus the guiltless damned are punished by living in their deficient form of heaven. Their fault was that they lacked faith —— the hope for something greater than rational minds can conceive. Limbo includes green fields and a castle..."

MUCH madness is divinest sense

To a discerning eye;

Much sense the starkest madness.

’T is the majority

In this, as all, prevails.

Assent, and you are sane;

Demur,—you ’re straightway dangerous,

And handled with a chain.

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