The much used Greek word Biblia (f^Xta) we shall in short explain now. B was used as ? and you keep the rest. The word becomes: Fibel. Ask any ABC boy of a German grammar school about his "Fibel" (note, it is not spelled Fiebel), and he will show you his "First Reader". Therefore, the Bible is but the ABC of much bigger things and everyone is already stuck with THAT ABC book.
In the Bible it always says about "saving" a person. 1 know there is a possibility for anyone to be saved: follow the straight road! But that way is hard and tough, full of thorns and thistles, even swamps have to be passed through and at times it looks as if the world was just full of Chinese walls. Many times, during our progress we reach high pateaus, from which the view is superb. The distance we can see is limited, however, since man Is BOUND to earth. His horizon is not high enough to eliminate the world's horizon. Wodilly affairs bother him too much. They are too interesting for him to raise himself beyond, and, strange as it may sound, such a separation would not require the bodily removal from earth. It needs segregation and concentration upon one single thing, upon the Only One and everything will open up. It says: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. VI, 33).
Dante, in his De vulgari Eloquentia says in his First Book:
"Because the busines-s of every science is not to prove but to explain its subject, in order that men may know what that is, with which the science is concerned, we say: the vernacular speech is that to which children are accustomed by those, who are about them, when they begin to distinguish wotds. There further springs from this a secondary speech, which the Romans called Grammar And this secondary speech the Greeks also have, as well as others, but rot all Few, however, acquire the use of this speech, because we can only be gujded and instructed in. it by the expenditure 0/ much time, and by assiduous study, etc."
The secondary speech. (itmtion) he calls grammar and in the next sentence he calls it Greek, because to obtain this effect, he merely omits the comma It should hav been: "And this secondary speech, i.e., the Greek. . . .
In the next sentence he says: Few acquire the use of this speech.
Therefore, whatever "good book" you read, remember, they always use Greek, not to fool, but to protect.
POLIS, THE CITY
The next Greek word which we shall consider is: polis (jtó/.i^) the city. We all know that ic says in the Bible shortly after Adam and Eve appear: "Cain was the first to build cities and to populate them." (Gen. IV, 17). On this statement special stress is bid. So, jtóí.u;, no doubt, is very important and don't forget, that it was Cain who was the first builder of cities, not Adam not Abel.
Let us now look it this word!
P (?c) is used as D;¿as 6 • This represents the first part of the word and means do or therefore, the plural: die (German article, plural of "the").
lis: 1, (X) used as f; á, (5) used as sch, and you have the j/sA. Polis thus means: die Ffsche, in English, the fishes.
Who on earth has ev« thought that a. city could mean in Goethe's language, whenever Goethe is mentioned the ancient Whizards are meant, only referring to his few words brought it the beginning of this work—fishes? Let's took closer at cities! Who lives therein? Many. Who lives not therein? The few. Who makes a living? the few ox the many? A. Both. Who is rushing to get places, and who is not rushing and gets there too? With the word "places" I just now mean "death, or the end". How many sardines a^e in Monterey Bay in. California? How many of them ride each day the subways of New York? Where do they go to ? A. Into the can with scoops. On what food do all the millions and millions of sardines live that inhabit Monterey Bay? A. You ask too much of me! I surely know they are living in the Bay. Possibly, they eat very little, because there are so many of them, while the Bay is relatively small. Recently fishermen caught in one week 45 thousand tons of sardines In Monterey Bay. The stretch of water is about 50 miles long and some 20 miles wide. The fishing season lasts about six months. Figure how many sardines there are in the ocean and how many must be left after the season is over to become the stock from which new ones grow later. Don't forget, that in that Bay, aside 0/ sardines, there are hundreds of other types of fish such as salmon, albacore, even sharks and once in a while a whale. They have to live too!
Of course, sardines are caught with big nets, whereas most other fish are caught with a line. The line idea suits me better to illustrate certain things, since there is one place in the Bible, which I never will forget, and which has been repeard aloud by me very often it different times, especially when I was in despair about getting rid of my idols, as stated above. It says somewhere in the Bible: Jesus said "MAfCE MY WAY STRAIGHT". That's just the reason why I like line fishing and as far as the net is concerned, well, that's a combination of lines, like the old Bavarian flag used to be, criss-cross, sort of squares, "Rauten" they called those squares, each line of the square -wis of equal length,, but the angles of the focrt were not equal.
Cit-ics, especially modern cities, due to traffic, have decided to make their streets straight and not crookcd, such as we find in ancient cities or in the center even of modern cities. The idea could not have come from a spider's web, since the spider builds its web from, the center. A spider web looks more like the horoscopical layout with its twelve partitions, with the man in the Center. Bur a modern city layout is in squares. In Philadelphia, Pa., when one asks for direction, he usually gets this answer: Go down three squares and over two. There you will find your place. A big city, such as New York, has many squares, and thus represents a big "fish"-net. In it the fishes live.
Country people live much more on a "shoe siring" or on the line with which the bigger fish can be caught. By line, I mean "along the highways". We find small villages, bete and there, three to five miles apart. Some have a population of two or three thousand, others contain only a few hundred people. There are even some country people who live all alone, amid nature, miles away from a doctor, who could cure them when they are sick.
1c is evident, that a fish cought with nets is different from the one caught with the line. So it is with people living in the city, compared to those living in che country. A "country fish'1 usually swallows hook, line and sinker", if he falls for the bait. That is, a twenty pound salmon takes the line, but won't go into a net unless accidentally. The small-fries, the sardines are caught in the net as one big unit. We can prove this best when we rake traders of stocks and commodities who live in cities and compare their actions with those who live in the country. Those in the city can sit all day long in the broker's office and watch each tick of the stock or commodity tape; up an eighth, down a quarter, happy one moment, sad the next. He therefore counts the seconds but he does not see rhe hours. The country man, who trades stocks or wheat, can't get to the ticker. There isn't one within a hundred miles of his place. He buys when he believes it's time, and a few weeks or months later, when he thinks: "that's enough gain or loss for me", he gets out of the market. Very few of them use wire facilities ot the telephone to get in touch with their broker. A letter or post card is fast enough for them, even afcer they have decided to act.
Once T took a country lad from the neighborhood of Staunton, Va., to New York to show him the sights. About chtee in the afternoon, we emerged from a subway station at "Wa.II Street and Broadway. As soon as he saw ail the buzzing and running of people through the streets, he blurred out with, "Where dci all these people go to?" The answer was rather easy. "They run to some place to sit down again". Just imagine the mass of sardines in Monterey Bay swimming around underneath the surface of rhe water!
What do they tell each other in their fish-linguage about the weather, about the lunch they try to find, each one anxious for his little stomach, and you have about the conversation going on among the ants in New York or Chicago. They all hope for a bigger piece today compared to what they had yesterday. The country lad knows much better. Ke knows what he has growing in- his hack yard. That's what he is going to tat, he hopes comparatively little.
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