Saturday, April 26, 2008


I have just been informed, via the medium of final exam, that one of the major themes of Homer's Odyssey is, and I quote, "life is about the journey, not the destination." There are a couple of problems with this statement:

  1. It completely, 100%, fails to apply to The Odyssey. That poem is very much about the destination. This concept is illustrated, for example, by the fact that when Odysseus gets the opportunity to spend seven years shacked up with a nymph he spends those years sitting on the shore staring in the direction of Ithaca (i.e. his destination) and weeping. The Odyssey is also about perseverence and loyalty and base cunning, but there's a great deal about "destination" in there as well.
  2. Homer was not in the business of concocting inspirational poster messages.

Just sayin'...