October 30, 2017 at 10:57 am #26725ChelseaParticipant
The Morning Myth, Kay Sage
“A friend to all is a friend to no one.” Aristotle.
October 30, 2017 at 11:02 am #26726ChelseaParticipant
The quote is referenced in Nicomachean Ethics in Book 9, Chapter 10. In that, he categorizes friendships into three categories: “Friends made with a view to utility”, “Friends made with a view to pleasure”, and “Good friends.” But, Aristotle never actually said these words. The idea is attributed to him from Ch. 10 where he talks about the “good friend” category. He is given the source as the source of the idea, but not the specific quote.
October 30, 2017 at 11:04 am #26727CristenParticipant
A few carry overs from our conversation in slack, feel free to copy over your input as well:
Something Morgan said that this reminded me of: “Some of the people watching this: Our friendship is fucked.”
Kaye herself kind of bucks the trend of surrealism because of the architectural lines and flow of her work. But it reflects a desire for freedom and a detachment and disillusionment with society and her situation as a whole.
Regarding the quote:
@chelsea pointed out that it’s an altered version of text from Aristotle. In that same portion of Nicomachean Ethics he also says
“It is quite clear that it is not possible to live with and to share oneself among a large number of people[…] but for a large number of people all to be friends is a difficult matter.”
Imagine spreading yourself so thin to try and reach everyone and having it backfire and destroy some of the real, good friendships you thought you had. We know someone like this, I think. Or we ARE someone like this.
Finally, I think there’s something to this quote being about the failure of universal friendship and the art of someone who felt out of place and out of options. It’s putting me very on edge.
October 30, 2017 at 11:59 am #26728CrystalParticipant
Interesting little find in a journal called ‘Surrealism and Women‘:
We’ve exhausted Horus. Let’s talk about Hathor.
Goddess of the sky, dance, love, beauty, joy, motherhood, foreign lands, mining, music, and fertility. Depicted in tomb paintings as a goddess that welcomes the dead into the next life. Dresses like a cow. Believed to assist women in childbirth. Sometimes, she’s the mother/daughter/wife of Ra (sup, sun god!). If all of this reminds you of Aphrodite/Venus, you would be correct; many of her attributes were later appointed to Isis.
Oh yeah, and it’s believed that her body ‘houses’ Horus.
(Gross. Horus can afford a room at the Airport Sheraton.)
Although in time she came to be considered the ultimate personification of kindness and love, she was initially literally a blood-thirsty deity unleashed on mankind to punish humans for their sins. An ancient tale similar to that of the biblical flood tells of the great god Ra becoming enraged at human ingratitude and evil and releasing Sekhmet upon humanity to destroy them. Sekhmet descends on the world in a fury of destruction, killing everyone she finds and toppling their cities, crushing their homes and tearing up fields and gardens. At first, Ra is pleased because humanity had forgotten him and the gifts of the gods and had turned to only thinking of themselves and following after their own pleasure. He watches Sekhmet’s swath of destruction with satisfaction until the other gods intervene and ask him to show mercy. They point out that Sekhmet is going too far in teaching this “lesson” to humanity and how, soon, there will be no human beings left on earth to benefit from it.
Ra regrets his decision and devises a plan to stop Sekhmet’s blood lust. He orders Tenenet, the Egyptian goddess of beer, to brew a particularly strong batch and then has the beer dyed red and delivered to Dendera. Sekhmet, by this time, is crazed with the thirst for more blood and, when she comes upon the blood-red beer, she quickly seizes it and begins drinking.
She becomes drunk, falls asleep, and wakes up as Hathor the benevolent. Humanity was spared destruction and their former tormentor became their greatest benefactress. Following her transformation, Hathor bestowed only beautiful and uplifting gifts on the children of the earth and assumed such high status that all the later goddesses of Egypt can be considered forms of Hathor. She was the primordial Mother Goddess, ruler of the sky, the sun, the moon, agriculture, fertility, the east, the west, moisture and childbirth. Further, she was associated with joy, music, love, motherhood, dance, drunkeness and, above all, gratitude.
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