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THE CRUCIBLE OF HUMANITY

A Full Account of the Exchange between the Sphinx and Oedipus

ByRoy Sturgess

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No one knows what a human is. We have a body like other creatures but possess a mind that both separates us from simple nature and terrifies us at the same time. We don't just think, we think about ourselves thinking. In this way we separate ourselves from the world around us. But what then can we trust - our feelings, our thoughts, ourselves or others? If we get close to other people we fear being overwhelmed by their issues; if we pull back from them we feel lonely. Is there an optimal position? Can we open up to the sheer wonder of the world by refusing to be seduced by its surface appearance and let that which lies hidden emerge at last? Or would this involve us losing our minds? The ancient Greeks had pored over all these vital questions. Their conclusions are both astounding and yet the height of simplicity. They were first raised in the riddle that the Sphinx presented to Oedipus.

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Publication Date
Sep 8, 2022
Language
English
ISBN
9781999308650
Category
Personal Growth
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Roy Sturgess

Specifications

Pages
269
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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