Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Bowman

It is manifest that the same thing cannot do two opposite things, or be in two opposite states, in the same part of it, and with reference to the same object, so that where we find these phenomena occuring, we shall know that the subjects of them are not identical, but more than one.

Let us come to a still more exact understanding, lest we should chance to differ as we proceed. If it were said of a man who is standing still, but moving his hands and his head, that the same individual is at the same time at rest and in motion, we should not, I imagine, allow this to be a correct way of speaking, but should say that part of the man is at rest, and part in motion : should we not?

And if the objector should indulge in yet further pleasantries, so far refining as to say that at any rate a top is wholly at rest and in motion at the same time, when it spins with its peg fixed on a given spot, or that anything else revolving in the same place is an instance of the same thing, we should reject his illustration, because in such cases the things are not both stationary and in motion in respect of the same parts of them, and we should reply that they contain an axis and a circumference, and that in respect of the axis they are stationary, inasmuch as they do not lean to any side; but in respect of the circumference they are moving round and round: but if, while the rotatory motion continues, the axis at the same time inclines to the right or to the left, forwards or backwards, then they cannot be said in any sense to be at rest.

Then no objection of that kind will alarm us, or tend at all to convince us that it is ever possible for one and the same thing, at the same time, in the same part of it, and relatively to the same object, to be acted upon in two opposite ways, or to be two opposite things, or to produce two opposite effects.

The bowman analogy is the perfect cry of my soul. It would not be right to say of the bowman, that his hands are at the same time drawing the bow towards him, and pushing it from him, the fact being that one of his hands pushes it from him, and the other pulls it to him. The left hand pushes the bow out, and yet, the right hand cannot function the same way. The right hand has to function as an antagonist, the rebel of the movement procured, in order for the bow to work. And so, the right hand pulls the bow towards the bowman. As the tension increases, the right hand eventually has to give in. Two opposite actions then converge into one, resulting in the bow releasing the arrow, meeting its mark.

Socrates, in Plato's Republic, stated that a man's soul contains two principles, distinct one from the other. The part of the soul with which it reasons is given the title of the rational principle, and to that part with which it loves and hungers and thirsts, and experiences the flutter of the other desires, the title of the irrational and concupiscent principle, the ally of sundry indulgences and pleasures.

The rational principle in me would be the left hand of the bowman, while the irrational principle, the right. Rational pushes me, confirming that I will go if I get the scholarship. But the state of my heart is the opposite. The irrational principle holds me back, pulls me the other way. Eventually, the latter principle will give in to the distinct and stronger principle; the former principle. And that is where two opposite states converge into one; realising my dreams, my aspirations, my ambitions.

Tomorrow, is the dawn of a new beginning. Morning jog will start. And I will be fasting and praying for 3 days. For my grandmother, my family, and for my friends.

Can I live on water?

"And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. "

Luke 4 : 4


pismayka said...

nice post. makes even lazy ppl like me think. haha.

=not a pig=

Sherene (remember or not >.<) said...

hey clearance =)

In UM huh? icic
yea, monkeys... lotsa ppl say that...
and i think girl's hostels are nicer than guy's hostel. how come? UM sexist?

i last stopped by ur blog decades ago. lol

and now after making a big turn, i m here in ur blog again.

and after decades of observation, i h 2 question for u which is not related to ur current post,

1) how come wei ken is here too? he's an ipoh guy too? how do you all get to know each other?

2) and i realized vincent's sis post more comments in ur blog compare to him. how come? u both are not in talking term?


dun stress in answering those quest.

i'll drop by again to check the answers out. =) can?



wadefish said...

hey, before i answer, which sherene are you? sorry, please give a little more detail. i know too many sherenes =)

the answers :

1) weiken's my classmate in f4 and f5 and yes, he's from ipoh.

2) bout this, you've to ask vincent. i speculate that he reads my blog less? i don't know, but we're definitely in good terms, don't worry. childhood friends, come on. =)


Sherene said...


u alr answered..... =P
thanks for ur clarification =P

sherene la....

yea, a lot of sherene(S) but i dun think i can find one in m'sia who has the same spelling as me yet.

from rbs la... -.-'

nvm, u're forgiven.....

with a lot a lot of grace from sherene