[LMB] Iroki

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sun Jul 25 01:26:24 BST 2021


He put me in mind of a Taoist sage.

On Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM Jason Long <sturmvogel66 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I loved meeting Iroki and his story about fishing for a God and sometimes
> sitting companionably sitting in silence next to the God. To my mind he
> seems to be enlightened in the Buddhist sense, at least as I understand it.
> Not concerned with thinking deep thoughts, but very self-contained and
> satisfied with his place in the world. Willing to bestir himself to do
> needful things, at least those that he himself deems needful, but otherwise
> unambitious.
>
> On Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 5:34 PM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > Gwynne Powell
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> > To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> > Subject: [LMB] Iroki
> >
> >
> >
> > Ok, let's look at Iroki. He's an interesting character.
> >
> > 'The laziest man in Pef'. He lived with his parents until the Temple
> > income let him buy a small house (shack?) near his beloved river.
> > He fishes. It's all he does, and all he wants to do - and he doesn't want
> > to catch too much.
> >
> > Very simple, plain and open. At least on the surface. He'd be good as a
> > saint, there's a large calm centre in him.
> >
> > But he also asks to read the textbook Pen gives Alixtra. He wants to
> > understand as much as he can about the powers around him.
> > He doesn't say much, but he doesn't need to. And he speaks at just the
> > right moments.
> >
> > He has a lovely fondness for the Bastard, there's respect but not awe, he
> > just extends his warm friendliness to him. But the respect is total.
> > And he takes his sainthood seriously.
> >
> > Is he just simple and lazy? Or are there many more layers to him, and
> he's
> > just a man who has reached a level of enlightenment?
> > --
> > =======================================================
> > I wouldn't have thought of the word enlightenment but I think it fits
> > exactly. Iroki isn't a man with ambitions, when his needs are fulfilled,
> > food, shelter, a place to think and relax, he is perfectly contented. H
> is
> > also so open to the god that he hardly notices when he becomes a saint.
> >
> > William A Wenrich
> > Christian, Husband, Father, Granddaddy, Son, American. Here I stand. I
> can
> > do no other. God help me.
> >
> >
> >
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