in the arsehole of diogenes

NEO-HERACLITUS_____________Qweir Notions in the arsehole of Diogenes: weBlog of a septuagenarian Binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Monday, 27 May 2019

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Pathetic species :

when you can't
see the wood for the trees

you chop down
the trees

then fall on your knees.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Westerners judge 'progress'

in Afghanistan
by that its capacity to produce
young female pop-stars
in revealing Western dress.

No wonder the Taliban
control so much of the country.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Once upon

a very recent time,
tourists trudged streets
while gawping glassily
at buildings and shop-fronts,
fountains and plazas
churches and sculptures.

Now I behold them shuffling along
entranced by their tablets and smartphones.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Paradox

Once the brain of the thinker
has been washed
(ineluctably dyed)
by the notion of worth,
the conclusion is reached
that everything human
(including the thinker)
is worthless.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

There's no control

like self-control
and birth control

We are the species
out of control.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Nice poster

which is doing the rounds
and will make not an iota of difference.


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Senile Insouciance.

Some of us
get to the age
when other people
are less interesting
than plants,

so we hope that our smell
or our unzipped
second-hand pants
will keep them at bay.

Friday, 17 May 2019

No lamentation.

Let us not grieve
at all we achieve
besides devastation

(to be empirical)

just birth, overpopulation
and death without salvation

the miracle.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The first small step

towards "Saving the Planet"
would be to stop using the words
animal and beast
as insults.

We haven't got there yet.

Monday, 13 May 2019

A great many disgruntled people

are talking about élites and The Élite 
as they once talked about Jews 
and the World-wide Zionist Conspiracy.  
They'll be lucky that they don't end up
with worse than Donald Trump.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Thursday, 9 May 2019

We are 'intelligent' enough

to learn
to 'find out'
and to 'know'

but too irrational
and erratic
to act upon our knowledge.

Melting acid snow...

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Language demands.

Because we have language
we're always
explaining ourselves
(and the world)
to ourselves.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

We should not kid ourselves

that Christianity
(a religion for the poor in spirit)
spread right through the world
from Greenland to Tasmania
and Patagonia to Japan
because of its peaceful message,

but because of a rapacity
greater and more hypocritical
than that of Islam.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Appearance versus Ancestry

from https://eduardo-.tumblr.com/ :

I once read an article that emphasized there is no such thing as a fish. Sharks and rays, lamprey, lobe-finned fish like lungfish and coelacanth, bichir and sturgeon, and of course the multiple infraclasses of more “modern” fish groups are all only very distantly related to one another. They’ve maintained semi-similar body structures only because there are limited ways to efficiently move through water as a vertebrate. 
This:
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And this
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Are more distantly related from one another than you and I are from a lungfish
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Which is absolutely fuckin wild.
Not only that, but all of us air-breathing land vertebrates, all the lizards and chickens and people and frogs, are closer to one another than those three “fish” are to one another as well.
these:
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are genetically closer than these
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and…
these
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are genetically closer than these
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- and my personal favorite, it really fucks with people…

these
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are more genetically similar than these
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And hares cannot interbreed with rabbits.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Kitsch consciousness

In vitro fertilisation
Curing cancer
Looking for a Unified Theory
Flying to Mars
Thinking of an after-life
while the Burning Mountain
(or the melting glacier)
falls into the sea.

Escurial Beatus Apocalypse MS : The Angel sounds the Second Trump.
Book of Revelations, VIII.                        
 Click to enlarge.

Friday, 3 May 2019

History repeats itself - in spades.

The 'success' of the Roman Empire
(in wiping out large species
and small tribes) depended upon
continuous expansion...
which led to its fragmentation
and collapse.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Few things

are as ugly as a lorry *
or a car,
but a burnt-out vehicle
is sculptural.

* US: truck

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Religionists -

If you wish to glorify The Lord
offer fallen blossoms humbly,
not the sheer vanity
of mosques and temples and cathedrals
built for the rich
to dominate the poor
and poor in spirit like themselves.

Monday, 29 April 2019

In Europe.

For hunger
there are Food-banks, Restaurants du Cœur.

For thirst
there are ponds and puddles.

For sleeping
there are derelict buildings
abandoned cars.

For dying
there is everywhere.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

The banality of category.

Breasts and long hair:
it is called Woman.
Beard and/or chest-hair
and a penis:
it is called Man.
But that is merely appearance.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

The root is the mouth

of the tree.
Pour water there
and it sprouts
green
way above
unlike us.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

"You never feel better than when

you start feeling good
after you have been feeling bad."

Nicely put, William Least Heat Moon in Blue Highways.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Deep question.

Does emotional promiscuity
indicate emotional shallowness
or emotional generosity ?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

VIA : Very Impermanent Art

So much more fun than the permanent stuff.
Ten a minute is the rate of output.

Coupelle [Michel Perfetti] et Yaourt [Anthony Weir], April 2019.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Most native English-speakers

have heard of The Great Irish Famine
(so-called because there had been lots of numerically-smaller famines before 1845).

Millions of the least-poor Irish fled
(because of the excellent military-road system)
to ports where boats would take them
(at a price) to England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico,
Chile...and, of course the United States of America.

But, it seems, none emigrated to France.

Language cannot have been a reason,
since many emigrants did not speak English.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
was not at war with France.

The potato famine of 1845-50 affected the whole of northern Europe,
especially eastern Germany and Poland.
Even so, why were there no Irish emigrants
to (Iberia or) France ?


Saturday, 13 April 2019

Friday, 12 April 2019

Included in the humbling number

of things I don't understand
is why people think that meat is a treat
(for which they are constantly lusting) -
or, worse - something necessary to eat -
while for me it is pretty tasteless
and slightly disgusting.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

If pity is,

as Christians and maybe Buddhists seem to think,
the Highest Form of Love,
I love almost everybody -
realising, too, that pity
is not far from contempt.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

There really is no difference

between doing 'the wrong thing for the right reasons'
and doing 'the right thing for the wrong reasons'

because rationality is our destructive delusion.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Sunday, 7 April 2019

"Godliness" :

to suffer like an animal...
but it's not suffering or punishment
or natural retribution
that might redeem us - just
happy acceptance of death and destitution.