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My Greatest Enemy My greatest enemy is myself. This body that I drag around, from day to day, is filled with fears and aches; rarely can I count on it to provide relief or counsel concerning daily onslaughts from this task of living. Usually I retreat into my mind, yet where this citadel is somewhat more accommodating, I find it too is filled with fears and aches, and might be more of a trickster than the body. My last refuge is my soul, who calmly explains that the two afflictions of whom I complain are, after all, what was intended, and goes on to suggest if I really must grouse, why not go away and write a poem.
Will and Ariel Durant (1885-1981 and 1898-1981) discussing early Cretan religion and the devotion to the mother goddess wrote in "The History of Civilization," that "The Cretan sees in her the basic fact of nature -- that man's greatest enemy, death, is overcome by woman's mysterious power, reproduction."
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