Heraclitus was one of the very first philosophers, active around 500BC. What survives of his writings are quotations and comments in other authors, hence the title ‘Fragments’ given to them when they were collected together. Reading them this summer, I found that the Fragments provided a starting point for me to express my own fragmentary thoughts and reflections on the coronavirus pandemic through which we have all been living.
These ‘Fragments on Fragments’ are offered as little morsels for reflection; I hope you will find them useful at least as jumping off points, as I found Heraclitus, for you to make of them something for yourself. You may well go in other directions from mine, and that’s just fine. My own versions of Heraclitus’ sayings are sometimes more paraphrase than translation, unashamedly pointing in the direction I wanted to go. So please feel free to pick up the baton and run the race. There are forty reflections, and two will be published each week, both here and at Episcopal Cafe, with whom I’m very glad to be sharing this series.
Alongside the words I am including an image which reflects on the themes for this series
More about Alison
Alison Clark is a British artist whose work includes drawing, painting, printmaking and
installation. Her work often explores a sense of place, whether documenting a shoreline or printmaking from the interior of a church building. Alison was Artist in Residence in
Southwark Cathedral, London in 2018 to mark the first anniversary of the London Bridge
attack. The residency, ‘Broken Beauty’ included ‘sand dollars’ gilded in gold, inspired by the Japanese ceramic technique kintsugi where broken objects are mended with gold to begin again.