Those Damnable Monotheists

April 25, 2010

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, written in Babylon 4,000 years ago, the eponymous hero travels into the gardens of the gods in an attempt to discover the secret of eternal life. His guide tells him the secret—there is no secret. This is it. This is all we’re going to get. This life. This time. Once. “Enjoy your life,” the goddess Siduri tells him. “Love the child who holds you by the hand, and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.”
Johann Hari in Slate

How’s that for a Commandment?

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2 Responses to “Those Damnable Monotheists”

  1. Marc said

    Don,

    I was reading The Epic of Gilgamesh to young Alex this morning. Knew we were on to something…

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