Torturing a Bull for Saint John
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Torturing a Bull for Saint John
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 Comments by Stephen Augustine - 3 Jun 2007

There's this passage from Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" which, I think, is relevant:

"The only true voyage, the only Fountain of Youth, would be found not in traveling to strange lands but in having different eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another person, of a hundred others, and seeing the hundred universes each of them sees, which each of them is."

As with all meaningful literature, art, and music I think Proust is exploring the topic of what it means to be human. In this passage of his I would add that this "seeing through the eyes of another" should not just be the eyes of other humans but all sentient life. In fact, I would daresay that Jesus' call to compassion, to love is essentially this "seeing through the eyes of another". To be able to participate in such barbarity I think that the perpetrators and spectators at the torturing of the bull are very far removed from this "true voyage".

Stephen

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