When the epic journey by water from Turkey to Greece which recently occurred by those who chose to brave elements, the price was first paid and recorded in history of Odysseus who went from Troy to Ithaca, much the same journey; probably embarked in 1188 BCE and arrived ten years later in 1178 BCE. Whether myth, parable, fable, allegory or metaphor, those truths are always interior and become exterior only for whoever wishes to brave elements, within as without, and challenges the elements that rule our universe. The incredible sadness and unfairness for the journey by refugees is compounded by loss of home, wandering, loss of identity, despair, and a sense of abandonment by God. As Homer described the journey over the ten years after the Trojan war that noble Odysseus took, the deaths and sadness, abandoned and rebuffed by his gods, included wandering, loss of identity, despair. But he succeeded by cunning and Athene who was always with him. He never lost the interior truth that man is part of gods or God. We are told; we who are Christians; that we are made in the image of God.( Genesis 1 , 26 27) . The Greeks, (actually the Achaeans) made their gods in the image of man. Their gods had all the foibles which we possess. The Christian God is said to be omnipotent, but God or gods can't abandon us for we are already part of them portrayed in what we know as our interior truth. The Greeks cheerfully anthropomorphized their Gods in the image of mankind. We can never anthromorphize our God because he has anthromophized us, Michelangelo notwithstanding.
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