The three tools of pastoral— Nature, simplicity and complexity

I cannot believe this course is about to wrap up. I have learned a lot from this class that I never would have learnt in many ages. For my final free form article I decided to talk about Blake’s creativeness and its connection to nature, simplicity and complexity; These  contradictions that summarize what pastoral is ultimately about. Blake articulates a series of peoms that represent the fundamental movement from the world of innocence to the reality of experience of every pastoral life. Particularly his peom called the Holy Thursday has both an innocence and experience edge that helps us explore the two unique perspectives of the world we live in. Continue reading


Is pastoriality really as simple as it seems: does the aesthetic palette of the golden age books obscure the real longings for some complexity?

The ecumenical challenge of finding a balance between the simplicity of the pastoral period and its complexities is especially poignant as these two great characteristics create a loophole where no one wants an extreme but a mixture of them both.

The video shows a brief display of the intertwined want for complexity and simplicity as Beethoven, plays a tune with soft pitched complex intrumentals, violin and piano, that help relate the music to the sounds of nature. Continue reading

The Seaweed is Always Greener in Somebody Else’s Lake

Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite Disney Princess has always been Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Not only is Ariel a beautiful Princess who lives under the sea with her friends Flounder and Sebastian, but she lives the princess life as the King’s daughter with a large collection of treasures left in the sea by the humans. I have always imagined how wonderful life under the sea would be. I longed to be able to breathe under water and swim as I pleased. Life as a princess and as a mermaid seem like a pretty cool life to live. Continue reading