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Bulletins Bulletin : Published and Discussed
Date: Wednesday, August 01, 2001
From: kuashaa

There are some serious limitations in Gibran's works. You never a trail of humor or irony in his writing. Even not in his paintings, for that matter. Whatever he says is said in lethal significance
Look at in The Prophet. People gather around the departing psychic to ask questions as he waits to board his ship in the harbor of Orphalese.
See in The Bridal Bed the central image is the dying bride holding her dead lover as she rebukes the wedding guests.
We should not then expect reasoned ethics from Gibran, nor rational theology, nor prescriptions for reordering society. His literary tools are too simple and too far from the rational level of consciousness to serve such purposes. What we do get is the extraordinary force of Gibran’s moral seriousness turned on various aspects of life.

Gibran's moral universe is marked by a radical distrust of society and its institutions.
We can scarcely read him literally as a guide to life. After spending almost all his life in Cosmo places he cries for rustic life. Charm of life, enjoyment in life, purpose of life is blank with Gibran. We cannot abandon our cities to live alone at the edge of the Vale of Qadisha or to live as hermit couples in idyllic cottages overlooking Beirut.

What then does he teach us? What can he teach the young people who are always his most fervent admirers? Pessimism? Negative approach?


People Discussion
(Thursday, August 02, 2001)

I approach Gibran's writings as I approach any prophet, poet, mystic, etc.

(Thursday, August 02, 2001)

I approach Gibran's writings as I approach any prophet, poet, mystic, etc.

(Thursday, August 02, 2001)

I approach Gibran's writings as I approach any prophet, poet, mystic, etc.
Not all things said will be applicable in our time, with our forms of
governments, with relationships and life having evolved through the ages, etc.
The key for me is to pick out those philosophical points that have no base in
specific times or places. Those phrases that speak to the soul of humanity
and speak of the essence of life that adheres through the ages. That is what
I focus on when reading him. For instance, Gibran says about pleasure:
And your body is the harp of your soul,
And it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds....
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the recieving of pleasure is a
need and an ecstasy.
These are the writings I find to be timeless, true, and worthy of our
attention and focus

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