Apparently the Olympic village for 2012 is to incorporate a number of poetic quotations within it's architecture; we read yesterday from the BBC of how the ultimate line from Alfred Tennyson's Ulysses - "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" - is to be sited upon a wall footed at the centre of the athlete's complex, this choice of prose made by a committee of literary types and broadcasters from an input of public nominations.
One is given an example in the BBC report of the rationale for selection, provided by panelist Daljit Nagra, an Indian poet and English teacher at the Jewish Free School in Kenton, North London. It seems he liked it because it is :
"a clarion call to the best parts of our searching inquiring selves that is just as suited to a gold medal winner as it is to the ordinary worker in their daily round".
Yet, there are two ways of reading Tennyson's Ulysses (wiki -Ulysses):
"read straightforwardly Ulysses" promotes the questing spirit of youth, even in old age, and a refusal to resign and face life passively. "
Then there is the "ironic", and indeed currently favoured interpretation, where Tennyson's Ulysses was not in fact based upon Homer's Odysseus, a legendary warrior King of great cunning, but rather on Dante's version in his Divine Comedy, a character who, laterally, languished within the cellars of Hell as punishment for his Trojan War scams (including of course the legendary wooden horse - see television sets): "Even Ulysses' resolute final utterance—"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield"—is undercut by irony, when Baum and later critics compare this line to Satan's "courage never to submit or yield" in John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667)."
Sticking with Satan, let us conjure up again the alleged "illuminati / gnostic / elite /occult" interpretation of the Garden of Eden (Atlantis) apple eating tale. In this, God(s) (aliens with genetic modificational skills) have created humans from ape material to be their worker-slaves. Their nakedness is metaphorical of their (Adam and Eve's) ignorance of this. Lucifer / Satan / Serpent (a rebel alien/fallen angel) arrives, armed with knowledge of this ( the apple). Eve accepts this "gift" and, presumably, humans rebel. From there, humanity develops through various civilisations to where we stand today. Hence the elite worship "Lucifer", the fallen angel, as he is the one that originally released humankind from "God's" work burden.
But hold on. Humankind is still shackled, indeed on the cusp of intensive technological imprisonment, akin to farming. Hell indeed. Daljit Nagra, the Olympic wall poet judge, just reinforced that mindset. We are being conditioned to think that work is the priority for life and that global teamwork will take us further, which is no lie. We can get better at space exploration, get better at genetics. The elite, the monarchy and their blood relatives can be our new Gods, with Prince William as standard bearer.
For sure the central Olympic wall speaks volumes for future, extraterrestrial , architecture, brought about through global demoncracy.
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods".
Is it not indeed ironic.