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How far is "East" from "West"?

  1. Dave Mathews profile image60
    Dave Mathewsposted 6 years ago

    Often we hear;  "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet."
    How far away are east from west. In my opinion if you clap your hands together, one being East and the other being West, then they are only as far as the two hands clasp together. What's your opinion?

    1. Quilligrapher profile image89
      Quilligrapherposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Dave.  I think Kipling provides the answer himself in the other 95 lines that followed:

      The Ballad of East and West
      Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)

      “OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, 
      Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat; 
      But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, 
      When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!”

      Read it all at http://www.bartleby.com/246/1129.html

      Thanks, Dave, for providing an excuse for me to visit an old friend.

  2. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    What?

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    Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago

    Like the difference between night and day.

    1. Dave Mathews profile image60
      Dave Mathewsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Brenda expand on your statement.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        The sun rises in the east and sets in the west (a "world" apart).
        And the Bible says God removes a repentant person's sins as far as the east is from the west.  I take that to mean a lonnnggg way.

        But you have made me wonder about something else that may figure into this too.
        I think there's Scripture that refers to God's left hand and right hand...
        Gonna try to look that up.

        1. Dave Mathews profile image60
          Dave Mathewsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Brenda looking at it as a Christian you are correct and scripturally I agree with you.
          But I can stand facing east and make an about turn in the same spot and I am then facing west. Depending on the direction I face, I am either in the East as I face the West or in the West as I face East. Both directions depend upon which way we face and which way we advance. It is a matter of perspective and logic.

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            Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Now I gotta ask where you're going with this.  Not sure I understand.

            1. Dave Mathews profile image60
              Dave Mathewsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              It's easy to grasp. I understand what God is demonstrating with his comparison and God is totally right as is His Word. Her is but another way to look at my question though.
              Raise your hands. One is east the other west. Bring them together as if clapping. The distance between your hands while together is the same as the distance between east and west. Fact is there is none. East is still east and west is still west. They can and they do meet. This is a reality.

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                Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                I guess it can be looked at that way.  Kinda like the saying "it's a small world after all"?   And kinda like Quilligrapher's reference to the meaning of Kipling's poem?  (which, by the way, was very interesting!)

                But Dave, I think your analogy makes the person the focal point of all things, instead of all creation...

                I'm sorry;  I still don't get it.

                1. Dave Mathews profile image60
                  Dave Mathewsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Brenda I was not looking for a spiritual or theological point of view with this question more a phylosophical look at the distance between east and west. The distance is as far as one chooses it to be. Do you think that God can see east and west meet together? And in His perspective how far apart do you think the distance would be?

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                    Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    I dunno Dave.  I think....if we're neither east nor west, we're straddling the equator?   Or would that be the Prime Meridian?    Gotta go one direction or the other....

                    Unless we're southeast or southwest or northwest etc. or some variation.  Either way, we can't be east/east or west/west because there is no such thing..

  4. WriteAngled profile image84
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    Standing in the East, you face the setting sun, and know all things must end.
    Standing in West, you face the rising sun, and know there are always new beginnings.
    The journey from beginnings to endings you can trace by looking upwards and following the sun move across the sky.
    The journey from endings to beginnings lies under your feet, hidden in darkness.

    1. Dave Mathews profile image60
      Dave Mathewsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      WriteAngled: My point, east and west come together where we stand. When the sun rises walk east, eventually it will pass over head, eventually it will pass you by. If we could walk faster we could face the same sun rising again in the same day.

  5. Greek One profile image75
    Greek Oneposted 6 years ago

    it's about the same length as a piece of string

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    Home Girlposted 6 years ago

    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/5508939_f248.jpg

    Cannot say I totally agree but there is something in that image that makes us think...

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      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah.  Makes me wonder about the motivation behind that pic.

    2. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      My vote goes to the Far East

      http://us.cdn4.123rf.com/168nwm/williv/williv1006/williv100600062/7229878-portrait-of-beautiful-young-woman-covering-her-mouth-with-both-hands-over-white-background.jpg

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    Home Girlposted 6 years ago

    I do not know about the motivation. But, correct me if I am wrong, how many times we, western people, just cover our eyes and ignore reality just because it is not comfortable enough to deal with?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I dunno.
      I was thinking about the "west" one being similar to Lady Liberty, and the "east" one being more disguised....
      Is that what you mean?

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    Home Girlposted 6 years ago

    Yes, they cover their bodies but they keep their eyes fully open, otherwise their reality might kill them. Our reality here is "softer". We can afford being ignorant, too trustful, too naive, too blind to reality. And reality bites but it does not kill you here. if you have lots of money you can live here as distant to reality as possible, fully closed from it, shielded and protected with no direct contact with it.

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      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      We should be able to live that way here in America whether we have money or not.  At least shielded from the outside influences that are bad.

      1. Rehana Stormme profile image83
        Rehana Stormmeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        My immediate interpretation of the pic is that we cannot see East but East can see us. We can see West, but she can't see is. East can see whatever is going on around her while not being judged for her physical features only. West is judged by appearance. It is interesting that the pic features two women, rather than men...an impeding them of sexism and female discrimination....

        Anyway, how far is East from West? The universe is infinite, therefore the distance between "East" and West" is infinite.

        The analogy you gave about the hands - "In my opinion if you clap your hands together, one being East and the other being West...." We refer to our hands as 'right hand' and 'left hand'. No one actually says my 'east hand' hurts or I use my 'west hand' to write.

  9. Zabbella profile image81
    Zabbellaposted 6 years ago

    You stand in the middle...you throw a ball toward the East.  You throw another ball toward the West.  Assuming they are still projected and still going......they will never meet again.  They are as far away from each other as East is from West. 
    That is what I think is meant in the Bible as well. He casts the sins that far away,  possibly never to be seen again.

 
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