Generations Reaching: Mythologies in the making of Tallow

· Richard Mc Sweeney

About this ebook

An enriching 21st century work of original philosophical fiction ideal for throwing some light on various philosophical concerns of the individual; encouraging group discussion and inviting scholarly exploration.

Profound reflections on a sampling of life’s eternal concerns. These treasured mythologies in the making of the town of Tallow and its surroundings date from the third to the eight month of the fourth year into this the 21st century. Tallow is situated off to the south of the River Bride in western county Waterford in the Province of Munster on the lovely island of Ireland. The mythologies came into being in response to concerns that were foremost on the author’s mind at the time. While many of these concerns are as old as humankind itself, some also tend to be more exclusive to the author’s own day. Representative concerns include, for instance, nostalgia for the past, forgotten civilizations, secrets of sacred grounds, items of love and affection, sincerity of profound people, visitors from beyond the clouds, source of conflict and its solution, ancestral connections and destinies, dealing with grand scale temptation, human behaviour that is beneath human dignity, well-intentioned actions and practices which turn out not to be so beneficial for nature. And there is a call to read between the lines: to seek white space knowledge.

Generations Reaching (like all the author’s works) is being presented as a time barque for the generations of our future, thence enabling them to know and to come to appreciate the reflections and aspirations that one of their ancestors had with respect to a sampling of life’s eternal concerns while happily living simply and plainly with his wife and two children in a 21st century of his era; happily living simply and plainly in a beautiful border village (poetically) that the people of his day called Tallow, on the lovely isle they called Éire, of the fragile planet they called Earth, of the solar system he called Garden, of the spiral galaxy they called Milky Way, of the thirty galaxies or more they called Local Group, of the beyond and beyond which he called Horizon, and of the that which they called Great Universe.

Tallow: (Gaeilge: Tulach an Iarainn)

The name Tallow wonderfully suggests the notion of life as consisting of highs and lows, ups and downs all-in-one like the Chinese yinyang concept of perfect harmony. In Gaeilge the name means the ‘hill concealing iron ore’ which symbolically the author has given it to mean: a sacred place of alchemy and transformation for those in search of the highest truths and values. And as the tallow of the candle faithfully supports and yields to the wick that gives light, warmth, and beauty to the household, so too does the natural surroundings of Tallow lovingly support and yield to its inhabitants, by offering them opportunities in the world to be enlightened in their intentions, profound in their words, and honourable in their actions.

The fonts and page numbering in this ebook correspond to the 2007 hardback edition.

About the author

Richard Mc Sweeney: Risteárd Mac Suibhne; Richard of Éire/Ireland is a self-designated Planet Earth philosopher of the natural kind; a self-originator who enjoys expressing his ideas and insights: his philosophical fiction* in a charmingly personal prose-poetic style.

* “Philosophical fiction: fictional literature that enjoys carefree-ly philosophising on anything it so wishes; on anything it so wishes without letting itself be bound by any philosophical system, logic or method.” RMcS

Being made available here in the Google Play Store is an anthology of 16 such works.

Richard has a Masters in Chinese Taoist Philosophy (Lao-Tzu & Chuang-Tzu) from Seoul National University which he gained through the mediums of Korean and Classical Chinese. He was also enrolled in the PhD programme for two years in the same department at SNU. He has a BA in Korean Language & Literature from Kyunggi University in Seoul and a Diploma in Philosophy & Arts from Saint Patrick’s College in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. The latter he gained while being (for six years) a Catholic seminarian for the priesthood with the Missionary Society of St. Columban based in Dalgan Park, Navan, County Meath in Ireland.

He had been an expatriate in the Republic of Korea for thirteen years; in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for three years and a further three in the United Arab Emirates respectively. 

He is happily married to Sung-ja Lee of Seoul, Republic of Korea. Since 2001 they have been living in Ireland. Their son and daughter are also happily married and have children of their own.

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