Not a real man until you have been divorced!
I found that my three weeks of loneliness, many more trials, coming within the so called ‘internal deserts of life’, did have some great moments of joy, helped by the good company of science, was a personal Revelation. It takes all sorts to make a world. Ref, medicine, and ‘Medicine Man’ Geza Roheim ‘The Infantile Situation’. A good dose of Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins, being the cure for the ‘Dark Nights of The Soul’. Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, and ‘Science as a Candle in the Dark’. To Tonio, My Grandson, "I wish you a world free of Demons and full of light". Great programme and very touching commentary. It is very interesting that in our modern scientific and technological age, so many of us can live their lives surrounded by the roots of a past, or even, in a futuristic mode that is immersed in such crass basic ideas, within the myriad current forms of supreme ignorance and superstition: the inherently pervasiveness of crass globalised gullibility i.e., with the many preposterous-ness’s of religious or nonsensical ideological dogmatism’s. Pink Floyd ‘The Division Bell’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZklTPy8n4
The Teppichswinger Club, table (the ski test: to be able to ski powder snow in an exact pattern and in most conditions) at the Cafe Sailer, hosted by St Anton Ski School teacher Roman Siess, owner of the Hotel Garni Siess, St Jacob. Above the table are some of the pictures of our past adventures, these are hung up on the wall above the table. Roman has a son, Roman, he is also a St Anton Ski Teacher and may carry on the Teppichswinger’s Club when Roman 1 retires, but, it seems, on our last visit to St Anton that the (private) ‘club scene’ is out of date – one day it may return! (the pictures in the Cafe Sailer have been taken down) The Teppichswingers seem to have been made quite famous by the book called, ‘The Business of Alpine Tourism in a Globalising World’ written by Jacqueline McGibbon, New South Wales, Australia. And, she does have another address in St Jacob am Arlberg. This book gives you another dimension into ski culture and the nature of the alpine world. Lots more to think about when you go off on a skiing holiday. "An analysis is presented of one particular ski resort, the village of St Anton am Arlberg in the Tirolean Alps (Austria), as a site for the mass consumption of tourism, sport and leisure. This analysis examines both the complex symbolic field surrounding ski tourism in Tirol and the different patterns of consumption that individuals and groups engage in once in the village. Two quite different patterns of tourist consumption in the village are described: that of the ‘Tepich-Swingers’, or a group of well-off regular guests who have formed their own ski club; and that of the ‘skibums’, or young travellers who work the winter season to fund their extended ski holidays. The practices of both these groups of visitors have, over time, played a role in shaping the ski resort itself and in stimulating further consumption within it." http://www.cababstractsplus.org/abstracts/Abstract.aspx?AcNo=20063172765
Ref – The Global Gullibility Index. ‘For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything", and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust.’ http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf And, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/02/religion.catholicism Speaking to the Guardian, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor hit out at representatives of an "aggressive secularism". Church Schools or Faith Schools UK, GB, ‘Compulsory Worship Law’. School Assembly or Religious Education Class (RE Class) – ‘Aggressive Atheism’ (phantasmagorically speaking, termed – phantasmagoria – a phatasmagorian) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjO4duhMRZk&feature=player_embedded
Age, also, has something to do with it! Why fifty years of age? ‘Becoming human is a process not some event’.
"Eventually, my rejection of authority spilled into self self-indulgence and self-destructiveness, and by the time I enrolled in College, I’d begun to see how any challenge to convention harbored within it the possibility of its own excesses and its own orthodoxy". Barack Obama ‘The Audacity of Hope’.
"Then, when they are fifty, those who have come safely through and proved the best at all points in action and in study must be brought at last to the goal. They must lift up the eye of the soul to gaze on that which sheds light on all things; and when they have seen the Good itself, take it as a pattern for the right ordering of the state of the individual, themselves included. You must have seen how youngsters, when they get their first taste of it, treat argument as a form of sport solely for the purpose of contradiction. When someone has proved them wrong, they copy his methods to confute others, delighting like puppies in tugging and tearing at anyone who comes near them. And so, after a long course of proving others wrong and being proved wrong themselves, they rush to the conclusion that all they once believed is false; and the result is that in the eyes of the world they discredit, not themselves only, but the whole business of philosophy. An older man will not share this craze for making sport of contradiction. He will prefer to take for his model the conversation of one who is bent on seeking truth, and his own reasonableness will bring credit on the pursuit." Plato.
"In every primitive (anthropological anomie/anomy – anomic, bricoleurs or Bricolage and pre-logical) tribe we find the medicine man in the centre of society and it is easy to show that the medicine man (sometimes, a leader, politician, doctor, priest… celebrity or royal i.e., one who knows what is best for all others) is either a neurotic or a psychotic or at least that his art is based on the same mechanisms as a neurosis or a psychosis. Human groups are actuated by their group ideals, and these are always based on the infantile situation. The infancy situation is modified or inverted by the process of maturation, again modified by the necessary adjustment to reality, yet it is there and supplies those unseen libidinal ties without which no human groups could exist. The medicine men are the leaders in this infantile game and the lightning conductors of common anxiety. They fight the demons so that others can hunt the pray and in general fight reality." (‘fight reality’, as reality (science) could be most unpalatable to most, or some people, depending on culture and education i.e., knowledge of reality, not – myth or theology…) Geza Roheim, ‘The Origin and Function of Culture’. And, "A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating concepts of a general order of existence and clothing these concepts with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic" Clifford Geertz. Our very own, ‘home-grown’ Barmy Army http://www.socialcohesion.co.uk/
Ref, ‘necessary adjustment to reality’, "What was once thought to be real (faiths and beliefs) without, on evidence, (has now/had to) turned within" – into the Citadel of Self or the Nuclear Self – which is a, "The Process of Maturation". Example, and very personally a more interesting programme – amongst the many:
Professor Brian Cox takes a global journey in search of the energy source of the future. Called nuclear fusion, it is the process that fuels the sun and every other star in the universe. Yet despite over five decades of effort, scientists have been unable to get even a single watt of fusion electricity onto the grid.
Brian returns to Horizon to find out why. Granted extraordinary access to the biggest and most ambitious fusion experiments on the planet, Brian travels to the USA to see a high security fusion bomb testing facility in action and is given a tour of the world’s most powerful laser. In South Korea, he clambers inside the reaction chamber of K-Star, the world’s first super-cooled, super-conducting fusion reactor where the fate of future fusion research will be decided.
Evolution’s Bumper Sticker War Against Intelligent Design
There’s a growing menagerie of creatures and beliefs vying for a place on your car bumper (monsters of the deep) "The Poll Dance"