Saturday, June 21, 2008

...and the Eagle


"Now look at the right side of the dollar bill. Here's the eagle, the bird of Zeus. The eagle is the downcoming of the god into the field of time. The bird is the incarnation principle of the deity. This is the bald eagle, the American eagle. This is the American counterpart of the eagle of the highest god, Zeus.
"He comes down, descending into the world of the pairs of opposites, the field of action. One mode of action is war and the other is peace. So in one of his feet the eagle holds thirteen arrows - that's the principle of war. In the other he holds a laurel leaf with thirteen leaves - that is the principle of peaceful conversation. The eagle is looking in the direction of the laurel. That is the way these idealists who founded our country would wish us to be looking - diplomatic relationships and so forth. But thank God he's got the arrows in the other foot, in case this doesn't work."
--Joseph Campbell, from The Power of Myth (1988)

1 comment:

Pam said...

I like it!