Epic Quotes (5 quotes)
As regards religion, on the other hand, one is generally agreed that it deals with goals and evaluations and, in general, with the emotional foundation of human thinking and acting, as far as these are not predetermined by the inalterable hereditary disposition of the human species. Religion is concerned with mans attitude toward nature at large, with the establishing of ideals for the individual and communal life, and with mutual human relationship. These ideals religion attempts to attain by exerting an educational influence on tradition and through the development and promulgation of certain easily accessible thoughts and narratives (epics and myths) which are apt to influence evaluation and action along the lines of the accepted ideals.
Nowadays everyone knows that the US is the worlds biggest polluter, and that with only one 20th of the worlds population it produces a quarter of its greenhouse gas emissions. But the US government, in an abdication of leadership of epic proportions, is refusing to take the problem seriously. Emissions from the US are up 14% on those in 1990 and are projected to rise by a further 12% over the next decade.
Taken as a story of human achievement, and human blindness, the discoveries in the sciences are among the great epics.
The story of scientific discovery has its own epic unitya unity of purpose and endeavourthe single torch passing from hand to hand through the centuries; and the great moments of science when, after long labour, the pioneers saw their accumulated facts falling into a significant ordersometimes in the form of a law that revolutionised the whole world of thoughthave an intense human interest, and belong essentially to the creative imagination of poetry.
You could write the story of man's growth in terms of his epic concerns with water.