Random Untimely Notes

Every now and then, a thought flies through my mind like a passing cloud or like a migratory bird. Some of these strange birds nest or roost for a while amongst the branches of my nervous system. Perhaps they may even lay an egg or two. From these hatchlings may come a blog post, because I can then observe them at leisure and at length.

Other strange birds only perform fly-bys, and these so quickly that I scarcely even recognise them. Perhaps they are not birds at all but bats in my belfry? (I do have bats in my attic. I even found a very bewildered and frightened bat in my bedding one evening where it had taken refuge from the cat).

In any case, the main purpose of “Random Untimely Notes” (which may sound a bit out of tune) is to acknowledge and record the passing of these strange birds, even if they do not presently stop to lay and hatch some eggs which might become blog posts. “Random Untimely Notes” will be updated frequently, I suspect.

“Apocalypse”: a truth that suddenly becomes ruthless from abuse and neglect. The alter-ego of Minerva is Medusa (or of Athena, goddess of reason, it is the Gorgon).

How to identify the militarist and cultural philistine: he admires (and even turns into a fetish) the hand the holds a gun, rather than the hand that holds a pen, a book, a violin, or a paintbrush.

How to understand “ironic reversal” — it is what Shakespeare referred to as being “hoist with his own petard.”  From Hamlet: “For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard…” Our times are fully characterised by ironic reversal. “All higher values devalue themselves.”  It is the very meaning of “Late Modernity,”  and even post-modernity, in fact. This period should be appreciated as such, for there is a dearth of mirth amongst us about this. (Even with me). Ironic reversal requires ironic revelers, for they are the survivors.

Is there an irruption of an undercurrent of madness in our times that now, so frequently, pokes its finger through the crust of our apparent sanity? Or is it, instead… an undercurrent of sanity that now pokes its finger through the thin crust of our social madness and deficient rationality? I sometimes don’t know which is what. Is it the finger of Mr. Hyde? Or is it that of Dr. Jekyll? Is it the disease, or is it the cure for the disease (malaise)?


9 responses to “Random Untimely Notes”

  1. InfiniteWarrior says :

    Much Madness is divinest Sense —
    To a discerning Eye —
    Much Sense — the starkest Madness —
    ‘Tis the Majority
    In this, as All, prevail —
    Assent — and you are sane —
    Demur — you’re straightway dangerous —
    And handled with a Chain —

    ~ Emily Dickinson

    • Scott says :

      “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”. Seems there is no attribution for this quote. First appears in a play by Euripides, apparently. While I was looking that up, I found this other quote: “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish” from the Bacchæ

      Well… our situation seems hopeless, then, because if you drop by any of the popular current events fora (usually, the commentary section of the online press), you soon learn the sad truth of both these old sayings.

      There were some other interesting quotes posted from Euripides plays:

      “Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.” (or, making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear).

      “I sacrifice to no god save myself — And to my belly, greatest of deities.” — the Cyclops (and isn’t the Cyclops the very embodiment of Blake’s “single vision”? Also, the essence of consumerism).

      “There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.” —

      “When one with honeyed words but evil mind
      Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” (the truth of propaganda).

      • InfiniteWarrior says :

        Well… our situation seems hopeless, then

        Not necessarily, unless by “hopeless,” you mean…. 😉

        There’s another old saying, “The revolution will not be televised.” Broadcast? Maybe.

        I had occasion the other day to again quote Emerson on the subject of intuition (and was surprised to discover the quote accompanies the word at dictionary.reference.com).

        “Logic is the procession or proportionate unfolding of the intuition; but its virtue is as silent method; the moment it would appear as pro-positions, and have a separate value, it is worthless.”

        Just as Miss Dickinson’s poem holds true for the entirety of human history, so does the fact that true “revolution” is as silent a process.

        • Scott says :

          Not necessarily, unless by “hopeless,” you mean…. 😉

          Yes.. that’s exactly what I mean.

        • Scott says :

          “All signs of superhuman nature appear in man as illness or insanity.” — Nietzsche. Initially, this might be the case, and is called also “dark night of the soul”. But the statement raises more questions than it answers.

  2. amothman33 says :

    We are both.Our salvationThroughout history is in untying the knot.Throughout history when prophets try to correct, he is accused of being insane.It is a process of devalution.People get so used to their disease,they think it is the healthy situation.So when you tell them you are sick they tell you you are insane.The more I ponder the more perplexity I encounter.No wonder the Sufi ask god to when you keep me in wonder.Faith is not an easy job.It is a test to find who is truthful and who is a liar.This not my saying this a statment from the quran.

  3. amothman33 says :

    This remind of the story of Lot, when he told them,coming to other men is not healthy ,these are my daughters if you want.In reply they said, kick Lot and his group out of your city, they want to purify.It is so strange that in the name of human rights we let all kind of disease prevail.Congratuation gorgon.

  4. amothman33 says :

    Congratualion Gorgon,but not for long the good migrating birds are returning.

  5. Scott says :

    Maybe Random Untimely Notes is also the appropriate place to mention CERN’s recent report of faster-than-light particles. If so, it provides further strong corroboration of the Seth material.

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