Since numbers seem to make a king stronger, I’d bet on the 24. Never knew this was something debated about. Perhaps 12 was more romantic.
For Friedrich Nietzsche, then, the Personality
has at least three ‘eyes’.
It is tempting to recognise in this
our ‘temporary man’
trapped within ‘his’ past, present, and future.
To wit, the obeying ‘eye’ of the past,
the autonomous ‘eye’ of the present,
and the commanding ‘eye’ of the future.
Modern Psychology goes further,
and posits nine seperate ‘eyes’ for the personality
which all need integrating before one can claim to be whole.
It is possible that Ancient Man
recognised more ‘eyes’ in the personality…
Why else would Merlin gift Arthur a Round Table?
Modern scholarship still cannot decide
whether this means there were twelve or twenty-four Knights,
and whether or not Arthur should be included in these.
Whatever, the principle holds,
only when the fragmented personality speaks
and acts as one, can anything be done.