"Now nearly all those I loved and did not understand when I was young are dead, but I still reach out to them.
Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn’t. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
— Norman MacLean
Manos Xatzidakis - Gioconda’s Smile (On the Rooftops of Santorini- Fantastic Music with the Orchestra of Colours)
Μάνος Χατζιδάκις - Το Χαμόγελο της Τζοκόντα (στις στέγες της Σαντορίνης-φανταστική μουσική με την Ορχήστρα των Χρωμάτων)
Μάνος Χατζιδάκις- 20 χρόνια από το θάνατό του
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In anticipation, since the sacred period of the Great Mysteries is really near and we ought to speak about and remember some things… - about the laughing and the the tears in the myths, and the religious activities connected…
“The myths do not always tell that the Gods weep, but countless times that They laugh, as the tears symbolize the providence by Them paid to the mortal and perishable things, which sometimes are and sometimes are not, while laughing symbolizes the influence that They have on the entire masses moved by a movement always identical, which make up the universe in its totality. That’s why, I think, when we divide the creatures of the Demiurge between Gods and men, we grant the laugh to the generation of the divine beings, and the tears to the birth of humans or animals: ‘Your tears are appropriate to the breed of miserable men, but it is with a smile that you have given birth to the sacred lineage of the Gods’. When we divide again between the celestial beings and the sub-lunar ones, again, according to the same principle, we attribute the laugh to the celestial beings, the tears to the sub-lunar ones; when we take into consideration the generations and the corruptions of the same sub-lunar beings, we report the first ones to the laughter of the Gods, the second ones to the lamentations. And for that, even in the Mysteries, the founders of the Sacred Laws recommend to practice these two activities at set dates, as has been said elsewhere. And the same is the reason because of which the fools don’t understand nor the rites accomplished in secret during the Mysteries nor similar mythical fictions…” (Proklos, in RP. I 127)
[The fall of Phaeton - Christie’s, London, Catalogue des pierres graves antiques de S.A. le Prince Stanislas Poniatowski]