Cats, thirst, Cocteau and Rumi — and all from Posadas (Cordova)!


“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” — Jean Cocteau (France 5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963)

Cocteau was a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic. He was the director of Orpheus; other works include Les Enfants Terribles and Beauty and the Beast film.

To read more about this fascinating man, his literary and art work, involvement with ballet and his association with notables such as Proust, Picasso, Modigliani, and Satie etc. see here

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Jean Cocteau (wiki)

But on a more philosophical note and carrying on along the same lines as one of my previous blogs, here is quote from Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 – 1273) about THIRST:

Not only do the thirsty seek water,
The water too thirsts for the thirsty.

Food for thought and reflection! (Bearing the author in mind, think along the lines that the soul thirsts to be one with God, and vice versa, with ultimately the two becoming one).

So on this note I shall leave you. Thank you for visiting!

Bye for now — take care! xxx

When is a donkey not a donkey?

As I was driving down my stony, dusty country lane on my way to Posadas (Cordova), I passed one of my neighbours:—

Poor guy — there’s not much forage after this hot summer… I’ll have to sling him a bale of hay next time I pass..

And I was immediately reminded of this quote of Idries Shah:

‘A donkey eats a melon, it remains a donkey’ (from The Commanding Self — I think…)


 Now I wouldn’t go as far as to say I was dim, because I do hold a higher degree in geology after all and would’ve finished my doctorate had it not been for my unforeseen relocation to Cordova  — but the words in that quote got me wondering a bit…

Does the quote imply that a donkey will stay a donkey even if it eats what humans eat? I.e. you can’t humanise a donkey and some things just won’t change because they are so set in their ways.

Or have I just got the wrong end of the stick?

But if my interpretation’s right, then I beg to differ.

I think donkeys (and other animals and humans) can change and adapt and humanise, and so in this case, though the donkey is still a donkey on the outside, how can we assess his progression, level and consciousness on the inside? Perhaps on the inside he has surpassed being a donkey after all…

(Courtesy of Canva)

Well, it’s all very mind-boggling! All I know is that donkeys do love melons and watermelons just as much as our neighbouring sheep go crazy for oranges!

Anyway, if any of you could shed some light on this matter I’d be very interested in hearing your explanations…

Thank you for visiting me — stay safe and well! x