Aristocracy and narcissism
20/06/2018 - 15:45
But mine and mine I loved and mine I praised And mine that I was proud on, mine so much That I myself was to myself not mine Valuing of her… (Leonato: act IV, scene I), Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothin Shakespeare shows great understanding of the human soul and in his comic plays too a dramatic refrain always resounds, albeit nestled amongst a thousand witticisms. Here therefore is our tragic condition shown in...
On ritual value
21/05/2018 - 09:45
It had been a long time since I had kept the fast. So that Friday at the restaurant, I didn’t eat meat. Although in that rural mountain restaurant it was the house specialty – and the owner had suggested it rather definitely. Not a great sacrifice, one could say. On the other hand, homemade ravioli with herbs and a generous portion of fried porcini was no punishment. So, convinced by a quick bit of thinking, I thought it...
Cherry blossom time
16/04/2018 - 15:30
“How far from this world is the wild cherry?” Haiku by Yamamoto Jōchō (1649 - 1721), Japanese warrior and philosopher For sure the Tiber is not the Meguro River that flows delicately through the teeming city of Tokyo. We’re not in Japan and the tradition of celebrating cherry blossom is something distant and detached from our local ways. But that’s just a cultural fact, don’t be put off by it. Take on board the...
Trance from decay
19/03/2018 - 09:15
There is a fundamental alienation in this new digital age. Like a surreal melody that fills empty deserts with cardboard, there is nothing tragic or radical here. Will the world end like this? It’s possible. A pantomime without big eschatological motives. A legitimate and justified scenario would need Hannah Arendt, so it’s not even worthwhile to tackle it asking yourself why – there’s so much in the way of dire incoherence...