Nansen Cuts the Cat in Two

Nansen saw the monks of the eastern and western halls fighting over a cat. He seized the cat and told the monks: `If any of you say a good word, you can save the cat.’

No one answered. So Nansen boldly cut the cat in two pieces.

That evening Joshu returned and Nansen told him about this. Joshu removed his sandals and, placing them on his head, walked out.

Nansen said: `If you had been there, you could have saved the cat.’

Mumon’s Comment: Why did Joshu put his sandals on his head? If anyone answers this question, he will understand exactly how Nansen enforced the edict. If not, he should watch his own head.

Had Joshu been there,

He would have enforced the edict oppositely.

Joshua snatches the sword

And Nansen begs for his life.

St. Symeon the New Theologian

“But Adam did not wish to say, “I sinned,” but said rather the

contrary of this and placed the blame for the transgression upon

God Who created everything “very good,” saying to Him, “The woman

whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I

ate.” And after him she also placed the blame upon the serpent,

and they did not wish at all to repent and, falling down before

the Lord God, beg forgiveness of Him. For this, God banished them

from Paradise, as from a royal palace, to live in this world as

exiles. At that time also He decreed that a flaming sword should

be turned and should guard the entrance into Paradise. And God did

not curse Paradise, since it was the image of the future unending

life of the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. If it were not for this

reason, it would have been fitting to curse it most of all, since

within it was performed the transgression of Adam. But God did not

do this, but cursed only the whole rest of the earth, which also

was corrupt and brought forth everything by itself; and this was

in order that Adam might not have any longer a life free from

exhausting labors and sweat…”

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #542

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Penciller (cover): Greg Land

Orig. Published: August 17, 2011


Rating: T+

Format: Comic

UPC: 5960602461-54211

Price: $3.99

The Story: (hide) FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN! The situation is becoming increasingly clear: there is literally nothing which can avert Juggernaut is marching step by step towards Utopia. However, an offer by the Serpent’s servant puts human and mutant at each others’ throats. In the third part of the epic Fear Itself confrontation, the enemy within is as big a threat as the enemy without. The clock is ticking. And for one X-Man, it’s already too late.

I picked this up at Alakazam. I read it at Peets.

Great issue–the power combo attempts to take down Juggernaut are great–even the numbering of the plans is awesome. The Mayors military betrayal is well written. Scott acknowledging that there are so few of us left–this will be his undoing. Emma going to smother Hope with a pillow. All of that is well handled.

And the return to form of Magik. Still one of my favorite mutants from the moment I met her–she is great here. A very clever girl with super skills. I very much enjoyed this issue from start to finish.

And the letters column! That was some great spin on the reboot–a very good issue all the way around.