Saturday, June 3, 2023

Mumford & Sons Timshel

I saw a cool video of a guided expedition up Baker and noticed it had this moving song playing in the background. It's somewhat timely so it is. Evidently Timshel is a Hebrew word that translates to Thou Mayest. No doubt they are referring to God's counsel against eating the fruit of the Tree of knowledge then states nevertheless, thou mayest choose. In other words Timshel means Man's Ability to Choose Between Good and Evil. The book East of Eden takes the use of the word from a different context but the bottom line is thou mayest choose. We are free to choose between good and evil but we are not free to avoid the consequences of our choices.

The bottom line is that the Mumford & Sons song Timshel is moving. "Cold is the water It freezes your already cold mind And death is at your doorstep And it will steal your innocence But it will not steal your substance You are not alone in this You have your choices And these are what make man great His ladder to the stars." Thou mayest choose.

Moses said "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Nevertheless, thou mayest choose. Jesus said "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it but wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat."

As for death and destruction, Tall Shadow by Graveyard Train is a peppy song all about being chased by death as is Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Beethoven's Fifth is death (or fate) knocking at the door. The Trans Siberian Orchestra did a lively remix called Requiem. Peace - Ho Ping.

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