Lost in Translation

The Bible, as the most frequently-read book in Western society, serves as foundation for our attitudes, customs, and practices concerning each other and the world in which we live. Some believe every word is the word of God and therefore an edict. I hope they are reading in the original and not in translation. Some understand the writing as a powerful allegory.

In any case, the Bible has influenced us for millennia and continues to do so. Taking a fresh look at it for its effect on modern culture seems appropriate. That’s what I’ll be doing in several subsequent postings. I hope you’ll come along for the ride. It may get bumpy.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Robert Frost
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4 Responses to Lost in Translation

  1. Gray Dawster says:

    Some rides are instinctively
    bumpy but we still enjoy the ride…
    Have a lovely day today Monica🙂

    Andro xxx

  2. Monica says:

    Thank you for this comment, Andro – I love it.

  3. The Emu says:

    Interesting topic Monica, you mention that the Bible has influenced us for Millennia, how do we equate that with something like the Quoran which seems to have affected people for millennia.
    Seems we can find books from antiquity that really are nothing more than codes of conduct for life, in the case of the Quoran it appears to be a handbook of war, I dont mean to be political Monica, just drawing comparisons, and we have the teachings of the Dalai Lama and Budda.
    In this day and age we seem to be searching for answers based on historical words, when the bottom line is understanding, love, cooperation and mutual respect.
    Kind regards
    Ian

    • Monica says:

      Yes, Ian, I agree about the bottom line – and not just for our own species. I do think words are important, particularly when they form the foundation and justification for a great deal of human behavior.
      I also really appreciate that you have said what’s on your mind in such a thoughtful way. We need to do lots more of that if we are to address and begin to solve our problems on a personal and political level.

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