Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Modern Man and the Wisdom of Gilgamesh

One of the teachings of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the ancient Mesopotamian (Sumerian) epic dated to 2100 BC, is that the success of a hero is not measured by the feats that he performs—the lands he conquers, the monsters he slays, the mysteries he solves, and the wealth he distributes among his people—but by the wisdom that he accumulates during the course of his life. It seems that modern man has forgotten this important teaching. The heroes (the most powerful and wealthy) of our age are technocratic and dogmatic; they are lacking in wisdom; they are in awe of their worldly feats; they are motivated by utopian notions of creating a paradise on earth; they do not accept the human limitations; they do not accept that man’s life is a tragedy.

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