Sunday, May 20, 2007

IS UTOPIA HERE?



At Meteora, in the north of Greece, are a series of monasteries perched high on rock pedestals. Perhaps that is where utopia can be found, in an impenetrable place that the maddening crowd can't reach except by a rope.

I have visited this area a couple of times in the past but only as a mere traveller. At those times, decades ago, the thought hadn't occurred to me that one day it could be a place of refuge from a decadent world that might take me in!

Monasteries have proved to be popular places over the centuries for those who seek peace. Living a simple, frugal, isolated, meditative life must have something going for it. But what if the rope broke?

Besides, I don't know whether they'd accept an atheist. They might burn me at the stake!

6 comments:

Mary Walsh said...

god, how did you make it Daniel, I'd need mouth to mouth resuscitation for sure and as I have got the request Do Not Resusciate tattoed on my chest I'd better not go.

Being cynical I reckon they'd take anyone these days as long as there was a dollar in it for them.

Wowbagger said...

"...maddening crowd can't reach except by a rope."

You under-estimate the power of technology my friend. You dont need ropes as long as you have radio waves.

Daniel said...

Hey, Mary, I share your cynicism!

Wowbagger, you've destroyed my illusion. I'll cross Meteora off my list.

Worried said...

I don't know about a permanent withdrawal to such a refuge, but in the war we wage, everyone needs a time out now and then or be overwhelmed. Even soldiers in the field develope battle fatigue and need R&R. Just so do the civilians who battle on the home front.

Lucyp said...

I don't know if Utopia is there but you wouldn't want to trip while you took a stroll around the garden.

Daniel said...

Unfortunately, Worried, the war we wage is a 'little' one-sided. We throw our words at the castle walls of our Masters but they have no impact!

Lucy, drinking too much vino could also prove hazardous!

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