Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Thu Jun 25 20:39:21 EDT 2009

On Jun 25, 2009, at 7:24 PM, Elizabeth Kline wrote:

>  I am having one of those days when the obvious isn't  obvious.

I'm not sure that the "obvious" is ever really obvious. What we  
actually see or discern or acknowledge the importance of seems all too  
often to be colored or shaded or distorted by our perspectives, which  
are perhaps always somehow skewed: βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι  
δι᾿ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι ... [BLEPOMEN GAR  
ARTI DI' ESOPTROU EN AINIGMATI ... ]. When I fumble around looking for  
something in a cupboard that's right before my eyes, I can hear my  
wife telling me what Oedipus told Teiresias,. TUFLOS TA T' WTA TON TE  
NOUN TA T' OMMAT' EI, or at least her own equivalent of that, "You're  
blind in the eyes, ears, nose and throat."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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