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Each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with delicious food. Play, sing, dance, and be happy both day and night. Delight in the pleasures that your wife brings you, and cherish the little child who holds your hand. Make ever day of your life a feast of rejoicing!

I had forgotten how much I love Gilgamesh and how much the story meant to me in college. The oldest record history known to us and it deals with a human struggling with the Very Same Thing with which I was struggling. Mortality. Death. Meaning of Life. And all that jazz. Not only is the lesson still applicable today but the fact that the lesson is still applicable is a lesson in and of itself. I take comfort in universal truths.

He left his city to learn how to avoid death, and he returned having learned how to live...

PS I miss college. A lot.


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Sep. 8th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
May I friend you? I'm also friends with eattheolives.
If you have any questions about me, please let me know.

Sep. 8th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Yes; of course! Friending you back, too. :)
Dec. 8th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say that I LOVE Gilgamesh and that I always get chills up my spine when Gilgamesh and Enkidu fight the mythic bull while still maintaining their cool through prose.
As a filmmaker I would love to adapt this into a film, but it wouldn't nearly come close to the beauty of the original epic.
Dec. 10th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Hmm.. if you did a film adaptation, would you keep it in it's original context? Or would you have an updated version?

Now I am highly interested in a cleverly-crafted, if not coy, version of Gilgamesh that takes place in a more modern setting. The whole point being that we can learn the same points as the oldest recorded text. The human condition has not changed and neither have our true, underlying struggles. I love how halfway through December I finally come up with a good NaNoWriMo topic. BLAST!
Dec. 10th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Hahaha, it happened to me too with NaNoWriMo!

I could go for either original or modern context bc I agree, the human elements are the same.

However, I always envisioned it in it's original setting, the imagery is so fantastic, epic and romantic.

Or even this idea, I could film the first half in original, then the flood in modern times. Tough concept to sell to producers, but it could work...
Dec. 8th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
Oh, by the way, my Seinfeld Sims pics are up!
Dec. 10th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
That is incredible! Also, I am adding you as a friend. ;)
Dec. 10th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am adding you as well :D
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