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Thursday, August 20

The Sounds of Summer....

Music video featuring the sounds of actual cicada singing the melody

Cicada mythology --
It is in Phaedrus that Socrates states that some of life's greatest blessings flow from mania [4] specifically in the four kinds of mania: (1) prophetic; (2) poetic; (3) cathartic; and (4) erotic. It is in this context that Socrates' Myth of the Cicadas is presented. The Cicadas chirp and watch to see whether their music lulls humans to laziness or whether the humans can resist their sweet song. Cicadas were originally humans who, in ancient times, allowed the first Muses to enchant them into singing and dancing so long that they stopped eating and sleeping and actually died without noticing it. The Muses rewarded them with the gift of never needing food or sleep, but to sing from birth to death. The task of the Cicadas is to watch humans to report who honors the Muses and who does not.

Well, don't tell anyone, but last night -- I wanted to squish one of these fuckers SO bad.

One lone Cicada (right outside my window) can certainly drive a person crazy in the middle of the night

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