G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Better to Roast and Eat Him After He is Dead...



Michel de Montaigne, 'On Cannibals', 1580:

I hardly pity the dead,  I rather envy them; but I feel great pity for the dying. I am not
so shocked by savages who roast and eat the bodies of their dead as by those who torture and persecute the Living...I consider it more barbarous to eat a man alive than to eat him dead; to tear by rack and torture a body still full of feeling, to roast it by degrees, and then give it to be trampled and eaten by dogs and swine - a practice which we have not only read about but seen within recent memory, not between ancient enemies, but between neighbours and fellow-citizens and, what is worse, under the cloak of piety and religion - than to roast and eat a man after he is dead.”

Jackson Diehl on Jerusalem
"No other city on earth has such a dark history of murder, rape, pillage and torture. On dozens of occasions its walls have been festooned with the heads of its victims. The 19th-century novelist William Makepeace Thackery, one of many disillusioned visitors, wrote that “there’s not a spot” in Jerusalem “at which you may look but where some violent deed has been done, some massacre, some visitors murdered, some idol worshipped with bloody rites.”



Spiegel Online reported on  August 26 2013:

"Evidence clearly suggests that Syria's president has deployed chemical weapons. The latest poison gas attack should set aside once and for all any reservations about military intervention. The credibility of Western countries is on the line..."

I have already blogged on Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat on September 3 2011.

 I am  going to repeat the picture from that post.


 Artist: Ali Farzat

The picture is devastating.

Look at gory limbs (the right foot and the right hand) of the victim of the torture on the ground, instruments that have been used to accomplish it and finally look at what the guard is doing.

He is watching a mushy soap on TV with tears flowing down his cheeks!

 

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